After an invasion of ghouls, goblins and ghostbusters, the hangar deck of the USS Midway Museum more resembled the set of the “Walking Dead” than a nearly 80-year-old aircraft carrier.

Midway’s inaugural Haunted Hangar Deck Halloween Bash was a pumpkin-smashing success with more than 500 San Diegans swarming the ship clad in costumes ranging from Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompas to Marvel Comics superheroes.

“We had a blast at the party,” said Natalie Kessler. “The lighting, the dance floor, the costumes, the decorations – it was all great.”

A hocus-pocus of spooky decorations, paired with an extensive ghostly lighting treatment, transformed the ship into a haunted-house realm that would have made the Addams Family proud. 

“The atmosphere right from the start when walking in was awesome,” said Elizabeth Conrad, who attended the party with her family. “The light show with the creepy crawly things was very cool and the food was excellent.”

No seriously supernatural Halloween party would be complete without a fortune teller, and the museum’s Madame Midway captivated the young and old.

“Meeting the guests and looking into their future was an out-of-this-world experience,” said Patty Forest, Madame Midway’s alter ego and a museum volunteer. “It was a lot of fun.”

Midway volunteer, Patty Forest, brought her mystical powers to the museum’s Halloween bash as Madame Midway.

“Madame Midway was hysterical,” said Elizabeth. “I loved her prediction that I’d have a good time on the Midway.”

Along with trick-or-treat stations, a roaming magician, and kids play zone, guests we’re also entertained by a special performance of the famous zombie dance to Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit song “Thriller.” The local zombie dance troop staged the entire six-minute dance, choreographed exactly as it was performed in the Michael Jackson music video 40 years ago.

“The Thriller San Diego zombies had a blast at the Midway’s 2023 Halloween event,” said Monica McFadden, one of the zombie dancers and a member of the Thriller San Diego committee. “We deeply appreciated the opportunity to participate and loved seeing the many smiling faces as we performed on your dance floor. The atmosphere of your lively party supercharged us all and we look forward to next year.”

“We loved the Thriller dance lessons and the big dance at the end,” said Natalie. “It was very impressive.”

The creativity of many of the costumes was extraordinary and made judging the evening-ending costume contest an ominous undertaking.

Emerging as the winner was the Ravelo family who came disguised as a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters they called the Tune Squad. Jacquelyn Ravelo spent several days painstakingly crafting paper masks of Daffy Duck, the Roadrunner and Wile. E Coyote for herself and her children.

“We had such a great time at the Halloween event on the Midway,” said Jacquelyn, who attended the event with her husband and two sons. “I have always loved Halloween and have always made our themed-family costumes. When my boys and I were brain storming what to be this year they came up with the idea to be characters from the movie “Space Jam.” It was time consuming but fun, and when the masks were completed they were amazing. When we were announced the winners of the costume contest, we were so excited and honored. We will definitely attend next year’s Halloween bash.”

The Rovelo family were the winners of the costume contest dressed as Looney Tunes cartoon characters.

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