Dark Harbor will not return to the Queen Mary for 2021

The annual Halloween event at the Queen Mary, Dark Harbor, has canceled its 2021 season, organizers confirmed Thursday.

“We can confirm that Dark Harbor is not happening this year, but we look forward to haunting again in 2022,” co-founder Steve Sheldon said via email.

The Queen Mary has been closed since March 2020, when the statewide stay-at-home orders went into effect to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The historic ocean liner has not reopened since.

Dark Harbor was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a decision made in line with federal, state and local guidelines and uncertainty regarding the pandemic.

Organizers did not comment on the decision behind the 2021 cancellation, however, the ship is not scheduled to reopen until sometime in 2022, city officials have said.

According to reporting by the Long Beach Post, Epic Entertainment Productions, which organizes the highly successful Halloween event, is owed nearly $1 million by Urban Commons, the company that provides day-to-day management of the ship, according to a bankruptcy court claim.

Queen Mary cancels Dark Harbor 2020

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.