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Shaqtoberfest – Halloween Festival at Queen Mary

Shaq is bringing his unique Halloween twist to Long Beach, California, with the multi-night immersive Shaqtoberfest Halloween festival. Happening near the iconic Queen Mary, this event caters to all. Experience family-friendly trick-or-treating during the day and spine-chilling twisted trails at night. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, themed bars and lounges, carnival rides, and much more.

Family-friendly hours with trick-or-treating will be held on the last three Sundays of October. All ages are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and enjoy the festivities!

Shaqtoberfest

Shaqtoberfest – Halloween Festival

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Where: The Queen Mary
Shaqtoberfest is located alongside The Historic Queen Mary
Address: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Dates: Thursday, September 28 – Tuesday, October 31, 2023
September 28, 29, 30
October 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Hours: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (opening hours vary by day)

Cost: Tickets start at $29.99
Admission is required for children 3-12 Years old. Kids 2 and under are FREE and do not need a ticket.

Attractions at Shaqtoberfest

  • The Grey Ghost: With the reopening of the Queen Mary, guests will venture into the belly of the ship to see spirits lurking within the corridors.
  • Deadman’s Wharf: The fog will settle in and you’ll need to navigate through a maze of rusted vessels and decaying cargo to escape the terrifying tentacles of sea monsters.
  • Pirates Cove: Make your way through the dark and dreary passageways on Deepsea Davey’s pirate ship in search of your own piece of the treasure. Along the way, you’ll encounter “Captain Shaq’s Hideaway” where VIPs can stop in for a shot of rum punch and toast to the pirate’s life.
  • Midway Madness: The carnival has been overrun by Loopey Looney and her Clown Crew. The fun house is now the “fear” house and creepy clowns lurk in every corner.
  • Diesel’s Pumpkin Patch: A unique walk-through experience with a traditional hay bale maze mixed with oversized inflatables and animations, sinister scares, and an elaborate light show mixing Halloween with a special set by DJ Diesel.
  • Live Entertainment:
    • LVCRFT Block Party Stage: Come shake your bones and exercise the demons at the LVCRFT Block Party Stage with DJ Reaper and Skeleton Sam slaying Halloween hits all night long.
    • Pop-Up Performances: Shaqtoberfest features pop-up performances throughout the festival including fire spinners on the Block Party Stage, sliders in front of Tiki Terror, Clown Crew on the Midway Madness carnival rides, and The Voodoo Sound Company drummers at Diesel’s Boathouse.
    • Shipwreck Graveyard: Explore this whimsical fishing village and the site of a notorious shipwreck with animations, character interactions and photo ops. Brave souls are invited to venture into the mysterious storm that ran the ship aground.
  • Themed Bars & Lounges
    • Tiki Terror: A tropical tiki-themed area alongside the historic Queen Mary with your favorite island cocktails like the Zombie, Mai Tai, Rum Runner, and Blue Hawaiian. 
    • The Homecourt Bar: Located in the center of the action in the Block Party, Home Court bar is your go-to spot for all your favorite drinks.
    • Looney’s Libations Carnival Themed Bar: Local watering hole frequented by Loopey Looney and the crazy clown crew for themed cocktails, mocktails, and morsels.
    • Diesel’s Boathouse: Dockside spot for craft beers and a game of cornhole.
  • VIP Experiences:
    • Captain Shaq’s Secret Hideaway: A secret lair located in Pirate’s Cove. Guests will receive a complimentary shot of Rum Punch.
    • The Engine Room Experience: Step into the Queen’s Engine Room for a special self-guided (AKA “spirit-led”) tour.
    • VIP Slam Dunk Lounge: VIP ticket holders enjoy exclusive, unlimited access to the VIP Slam Dunk Lounge, featuring stunning views of Shaqtoberfest from the T-bridge alongside the Queen Mary, exclusive photo opportunities, relaxed seating and an elevated full-service bar with beer, wine, and exclusive cocktails for purchase.
  • Carnival Rides: A collection of boardwalk favorites including Bumper Cars, Zero Gravity, Giant Gondola Wheel, Carousel, and Wacky Shack Funhouse.
  • The Merchandise Shaq: Stock up on exclusive Shaqtoberfest gear, Halloween apparel, and seasonal goodies.
  • Festive Eats & Treats: Enjoy all your favorite fair foods from California classics like Pink’s and Hot Dog on a Stick to seasonal offerings. Shaqtoberfest features all the goodies like warm apple cider, s’mores, hot dogs, soft pretzels, cotton candy, funnel cakes, batter-dipped Oreos, and more. 

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Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.