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Shaqtoberfest Halloween event is coming to Long Beach

by Susan and Simon Veness

Shaqtoberfest interactive Halloween experience brings frightful family-friendly fun to Long Beach, Calif. from late September through October 31, 2022.

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Logo courtesy of Shaqtoberfest

The event is a collaboration between 15-time All-Star and basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, ABG Entertainment, and Thirteenth Floor Entertainment live events producers.

Participants can enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly trick-or-treating, games, treats, libations, and nighttime haunted trails, plus live entertainment based on the basketball great’s playful personality.

Once night descends, lights and music will be the backdrop for “the witching hour,” when O’Neal’s ghoulish minions take to the haunted trails and midways, bringing spirits to life.

“Halloween can’t come soon enough,” said O’Neal. “Thirteenth Floor Entertainment and I have some tricks up our sleeves to make this the most spook-tacular Halloween event ever!”

Shaqtoberfest will feature six Halloween-themed areas for revelers to explore, and will be narrated by O’Neal, all in the shadow of the moored Queen Mary ocean liner, now a hotel and attraction said to be haunted by previous passengers and the ship’s engineer.

“We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with Shaq and ABG Entertainment for a truly unique Halloween experience, coming this fall,” said CEO and Founding Partner of Thirteenth Floor Entertainment, Chris Strafford. “Shaqtoberfest will be unlike any other Halloween attractions that we have ever produced, and we couldn’t be more excited to be launching it at one of the area’s most well-known locations, and show our fans what we’ve created for them. Not to mention, we’re really excited to be able to produce and event in Long Beach, which as a long-running history of hosting amazing Halloween celebrations.”

Children are encouraged but not required to dress up in their Halloween finery for the event.

More information, including ticket pricing and locations announcements, will become available on Shaqtoberfest.com.

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