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Moonlit Monster Cruises return to Lake Coeur d’Alene for Halloween

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

“Beware ye who enter here … this be a haunted ship.”

So warns a commercial for Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises’ Moonlit Monster Cruises, which run Friday through Oct. 31. There are family-friendly cruises and cruises for those ages 21 and older. All cruises are 45 minutes.

Now in their fourth year, the Moonlit Monster Cruises have become a Halloween tradition for many Coeur d’Alene families, according to Cally King, director of marketing for Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises.

“We’ve decided to keep going with it because people are really loving it, and families are loving it, and they keep asking about it every year, so we keep bringing it out,” King said.

On both the family-friendly and 21-and-older cruises, guests will walk through a haunted maze complete with spooky things that could jump out at you or fall from the ceiling. The maze, the main feature of the cruise, gets reworked every year.

King said many guests, after finishing the maze, head to the outer deck to enjoy being on the water.

The bar on board the family friendly cruise will feature a variety of nonalcoholic beverages, while those on the 21-and-older cruises can enjoy signature cocktails like the Poison Apple, with Crown Royal, Sour Apple Pucker and cranberry juice, and the Devil’s Blood Shot, with Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Jägermeister and grenadine.

Costumes are welcome for all, and there will be a virtual costume contest. Guests can take a picture of themselves wearing their costume onboard and tag Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises on Facebook. The cruise team will pick their top five and post those photos on their page. The photo with the most likes wins.

Tickets are $11.50 per person, and children ages 3 and younger are free. The family-friendly cruises are Friday through Sunday and Thursday through Oct. 31. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. for the first departure at 5 p.m.

Guests must be in line before 7:30 p.m. for the final departure of the night at 8 p.m. Cruises for those 21 and older are Oct. 30-31. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. for the first departure at 9 p.m. Guests must be in line before 10:30 p.m. for the final departure of the night at 11 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit cdacruises.com/halloween.

As far as COVID-19 precautions, masks are not required but are strongly encouraged. Cruise employees will take temperatures upon boarding and won’t allow anyone with a temperature higher than 99.9 degrees onboard. Staff will be wearing gloves, and there will be hand sanitizer available throughout the boat. All cruises will run at 60% capacity.

“Any of those things that we could do to make sure it’s safe for everybody has been very important to us,” King said. “Halloween is supposed to be fun and spooky and safe, so we’re making all three of those things happen this year for the community.”

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