By Lucie Amundsen
While guests have been touring the beautiful William A. Irvin floating maritime museum this summer, down in the ship’s hold the 2023 Haunted Ship has been morphing into fresh horror.
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) Haunted Ship crew members traveled to St. Louis in February to attend a national haunters convention. They attended seminars in the latest props, make-up, masks and scare tactics.
And they didn’t leave empty-handed, adding several new mechanical frights to their scare arsenal.
The crew was inspired to create several new areas, while refreshing props in every room for a new fever dream of a tour. This year’s waking nightmare includes:
A sinking German U-boat with water flooding in and its escaped experiment on the loose.
A narrow escape through catacombs and down into an abandoned castle with tension at every turn.
The all-new Winchester Lore-inspired rooms have paths to dead ends and hallways with multiple exits. Guests will choose their adventure.
A vortex delivery to a Victorian Parlor and Library complete with thunderstorms, stained glass windows and questionable books.
An immersive experience with intricate details, heavy propping, and new electronic effects (lights, vibrations, sounds, even mild shocks) to trigger more of your senses ...and fears.
so much more!
The cast are all graduates of “Scare School” training, which is helpful for their interactive roles. They transform with a professional make-up session – a process that can include everything from scars to horns.
The Duluth Haunted Ship starts October 5, and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in October – plus MEA Wednesday the 19 and Halloween Tuesday the 31st.
Advanced tickets, including Fast Passes, for the Duluth Haunted Ship, are available online at DuluthHauntedShip.com.
General tickets: $25
Discount Days: $20 (Most Thursdays & first two weekends!)
Fast Pass: $30
We’re still looking for Actors with another Scare School on Sept 23 – email email@example.com
The crew is hunting for an actor with a real beard to play a secret NEW character...
The tour takes approximately 25 minutes to walk through
First two weekends have more elbow room and are DISCOUNTED to $20
Most Thursdays are discounted to $20 (except MEA Thursday on the 20th)
MEA Wednesday is discounted to $20
Open Tuesday, Oct 31, Halloween, which also is less busy – meaning less lines
College students $10 with valid ID
No child under the age of 12 will be admitted without a parent
Parental guidance is suggested
Due to the historic nature of the ship, this tour is not handicapped accessible
Special effects in use, such as strobe lights, may aggravate existing health conditions. Please keep this in mind when deciding if it is appropriate for you and/or your children to participate in the tour