My son and I were intrigued by the appearance of a handmade and hand-painted ghost shaped sign near the town square. The sign was advertising a “haunted house” event at a local middle school on the other side of town. I googled the school and determined that the “haunted house” was really a “haunted pirate ship” themed event. I am not a huge fan of pirates and neither is my son. However, I was definitely up for a whole new experience. My son and I then showed up at the appointed hour and were quite impressed. Teachers and students used a variety of fabrics and tarps to turn a cafeteria into a cruise ship. Students divvied up portions of the blocked out cafeteria and created scenes from a typical cruise. There were casinos, shuffleboard, a cabins, and so forth. The twist of course is that this was a ship overrun by the undead and subsequently lost at sea. My son and I had quite a ball hurrying through the cruise, and it was quite a scare. My son had ZERO interest in doing that again! However, he was thrilled to find a gymnasium filled with more carnival games. These were the typical ring toss-type games. However, the students went all out in an attempt to match the games to the cruise theme. Case in point, tossing bones through life preservers instead of balls through holes. Apart from the games, there were also face painting, tattoo and hair coloring tables. My son has developed quite a thing for face painting and he had himself done up like a cat. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any pictures of this, as the cruise ship was pitch dark and the iphone camera is not made for this type of lighting condition.

Outside the Haunted Cruise

Outside the Haunted Cruise

Cruise Swag (Eye Patch, Green Teetch, etc.)

Cruise Swag (Eye Patch, Green Teeth, etc.)

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