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Best Halloween Masquerade Cruises

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.

San Francisco

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.
When: Oct. 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Price: $45

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.
When: Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
Price: $30

San Diego

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.
When: Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.
Price: $35; $55 with VIP upgrade

Portland, Oregon

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.
When: Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Price: $15

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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.
When: Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.
Price: $35

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