Third of three blogs on the Haunted Hornet.
Tabitha Barron and her partner Josh, young actors from San Diego, have started a professional haunted attraction company working out of Oakland and have been welcomed by the USS Hornet, a national historic site in Alameda’s naval yard, to help stage the Haunted Hornet. Tabby and Josh have been actors themselves and have costumed individually and as a couple as seen in the photos of their characters. Tabby emails ‘It’s Yorrick in the first and I’m Piggy in the second. Then the two of us are Emma and Crusty.’ Josh says he likes to dress up as the cowboy skeleton, his usual. The pair hired actors from the Bay Area and most in the make up chairs last Sunday seemed to be from the immediate area, Oakland and also Alameda, Crockett, Foster City, San Francisco, Berkeley.
The local actors come in all shapes, sizes and colors and 23 moved through the three make-up chairs with ease. Bernice Halvorson, Cam Kaplan and Joanne Kay transformed each with ease using paint brushes, make up brushes, an airbrush, hairspray, stencils for blood stains, thick sticky blood with pieces in it mixed in wax paper cups. Here is a blog with video and pictures of the make-up session featuring Cal, a 46 year old with a forked tongue who works professionally and put on something special for a deaf friend visiting the Haunted Hornet last Sunday. ‘Say that to my Face’ Cal
Related: Haunted Hornet make-up and hair raising session, blog II
2015’s Haunted Hornet is the first time aboard. ScareCo Inc., the haunted attraction company, performed at it’s first location last year at Platform Thirteen. Barron warns the USS Hornet is so gargantuan in size that one really can get lost and die in it’s caverns. The ship, a national historic site, really has had 300 die aboard. The aircraft carrier served in World War II, has sailed the South Pacific against Japan during that time, then continued it’s wartime service and in 1969 picking up the first astronauts to land on the moon, the crew of Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin among others. The Hornet displays for the public the real space capsule, which is tiny, along with the silver trailer which looks like a 1950s Airstream, used for decontamination of the astronauts.
The Haunted Hornet involves a fictional back story about the ships research expedition to the Bermuda Triangle which went awry. The contamination and aftermath along with the truth were sealed off and the chambers only recently opened to reveal the horrors lurking within all this time. Ghouls haunt the entire section of the ship, filled with darkness and head banging, shin splitting passage ways. Thirty to forty actors a night from a cast of sixty lurk and lurch in the half hour maze so it’s an intense experience full of shocks and screams. Really. It’s not for children, this is an adult attraction. The walking dead are everywhere all around an unsuspecting visitor. The green lit surgery room, the sick bay, the bunk room, the mess hall and kitchen, the torpedo bay, the bathroom and drop box. Hearing a warning just doesn’t help fend off.
Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch for toddlers and the younger set
Note for the toddler set there’s a fantastic pumpkin patch just down the road at Alameda Point. The toddlers and younger set seem to squeal with delight on the four story ship slide and rainbow slide; castle bouncy house; mountain of hay bales, Zorb or hamster balls in which the rider climbs inside a transparent beach ball and rolls and races through a track. A dazzling array of pumpkins and gourds cover the patch, including a new beauty colored like a watermelon called a swan gourd. Kids keep picking them up by the neck and snapping the heads off by accident. Mike Speer of Speer Family Farms keeps the gourd carcasses in a pile by the kiosk. Parents may purchase tickets for each ride separately or get a wrist band for unlimited admission all day at $22.
Ticket information for Haunted Hornet, USS Hornet and the Monster Bash; restaurants nearby
Tickets to the Haunted Hornet cost $40 for the half hour tour. It’s $38 plus $2ichistoric preservation fee. Guests may purchase tickets on line or on site. The Haunted Hornet sells tickets at the kiosk in the parking lot starting at 7 pm. The regular USS Hornet tour for the public runs during the day, closing at 4 pm.. Regular USS Hornet tickets cost $20/adults and $10/youth plus other discounts for military, seniors and students. The USS Hornet docks at 701 Hornet Drive on the Alameda naval base.
The Monster Bash happens on Halloween day, Saturday, October 31 from 7:30 to 1 a.m.. It’s separate from the Haunted Hornet and requires separate admission. The Bash if a ticket is purchased on line in pre-sale costs $60 with a $1 service fee. Day of, the ticket costs $70. There’s free parking and it’s a flat bike ride but the area looks industrial. It’s chilly when the sun sets and the wind comes up. Note characters do appear outside the ship on the dock even around the arrivals at the ticket kiosk.
Generally, Alameda retains a Victorian beach town feel outside the naval base. It’s a home town island with lots of fun places to eat before or after, particularly Nation’s Giant Hamburgers; the new In-And-Out Burger at Alameda Point; and the tiki lounge Forbidden Island which has music on Thursday and Saturday nights.