Ghost Ship Harbor Docks in Quincy for Halloween Again

It's an immersive, one-of-a-kind haunted house experience aboard the USS Salem.

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Ghost Ship Harbor, a simulated spooky experience on the USS Salem, promises to be yet another chilling, scary experience for those who dare to board this fall.

The haunted ship debuted in Boston two years ago in Quincy Harbor. The premise is simple, and yet very spooky: Matthew DiRoberto of Immersive Productions took the typical concept of the haunted house and brought it onto a boat.

The heavy cruiser, which doubles as a historical museum when it’s not scaring people, transforms into a virus-infected nightmare of a world in the fall. And the only way to flee the epidemic is to board. Last year, the Ghost Ship Harbor was ranked as the scariest attraction in Massachusetts by Fodor’s Travel, so it might be your best option if you’re looking to completely terrify yourself.

There are multiple ways to dive into this virtual reality experience and step into the imagination. In “Paranormal Ghost Ship,” passengers can learn more about the paranormal activity on the ship and even become ghost hunters themselves. Other highlights include “Contagion” and “Plague,” which offer the opportunity to discover the secret testing on victims or avoid the chaos once the ship has become infected with the virus, respectively.

Due to the complexity of constructing and setting up the 100,000 square feet of space needed for the simulation, the experience promises to be different from years before, so even prior visitors can witness new surprises and be spooked.

Along with updated dining options and different haunts in each experience, this year’s attraction includes a Walking Dead-themed wine bar where visitors can take photos with the characters and enjoy a drink or two. Because there’s nothing like a relaxing evening winding down with pals after a stressful day of avoiding contagion on a giant haunted boat, right?

$35+, Sept. 29-Nov. 3, Quincy Shipyard,