By Linda Coffman
Looking for a different Halloween party atmosphere? Forget bobbing for apples and head out to the pier for a real water adventure. From coast to coast, nighttime cruises are taking fright-night festivities afloat. Get onboard for a spooky sailing.
Dance to old school hits and feast on the all-you-can eat appetizer and dessert spread during the 4th annual Halloween bash from Hornblower Cruises
. Don't forget to take a break on deck—this three-hour cruise offers stunning city skyline views.
Oct. 29 at 8:30 p.m.
New York City
See top city sites such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and more while spending the evening on the HalloWeekend Cruise
. DJs spin everything from Latin to 80s, and there's a free buffet plus drink specials. If the weather turns nastier than a witches brew, know the party is mostly indoors.
Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
Sip a complimentary cocktail while getting down to Top 40 and hip hop for this Halloween cruise from San Diego Harbor Excursions
. Instead of doling out cash all night for eats, be a VIP for an extra $20 and get two appetizers, front-of-line status at the bar plus two discounted drinks, and priority boarding. Plan your frightful attire carefully for a shot at the $100 prize for best costume.
Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.
$35; $55 with VIP upgrade
Dress up in your Halloween best and win a prize on Portland Spirit's
two-and-a-half-hour Halloween Boo Cruise. Energize with a light snack before departure so you won't lose steam while line dancing and doing the two-step.
Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Break out your blue suede shoes—or whatever your 50s fantasy costume might be—for this all rock-and-roll party aboard Argosy Cruises
. Dance to the oldies till midnight during your trip on Elliot Bay, with the Space Needle looming above.
Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.
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Photo credit: courtesy Kira Okamoto