It’s been tradition for my family to always go to the Christmas Train in Stanley Park. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned there was a Ghost Train. The train takes the riders through a Halloween themed journey. So if you’re a fan of things that go bump in the night, and make howling noises this is the adventure for you.
Being a mom one of my first thoughts was “what about children who are a bit sensitive to these things?”. There are matinee train rides that are recommended. These rides are during the day light, and there are also no live performers. Matinee train rides run Friday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. If you child loves trains, and you are looking for a different Halloween option this may be a good one as then your child can see everything going on, and what is displayed, but does not have to be concerned about the dark. Otherwise, parental guidance is recommended.
This years theme is Horror Classics. Think Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera. The goal of the theme this year being to take everyone back in time to when classic movies portrayed what was lurking in the shadows.
The Ghost Train happens from October 9th to November 1st. With live theatre performances happening in the evenings from 5:30 to 10pm depending on the day you go. The train ride is 14 minutes long and features lights sounds, and live performances. You do need to buy a ticket to ride, and it is strongly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance in order to avoid the disappointment of a sold out ride time. A portion of tickets are however held for same day sales on-site.
Adults (18-64 years) $11.00
Seniors (65+ years) $8.00
Child/Youth (3-17 years) $8.00
Children 2 years and under FREE
Matinee Train $6.00
There are also a few other attractions available to check out while there, such as the Spooky Barn for $2. If you find yourselves getting hungry there are snacks, hot and cold drinks, and light meals are for sale at the Railway Café concession stand. Hot buttered popcorn is offered at the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s Cob House in the plaza.
I will be going this Thursday night (so long as baby girl hasn’t arrived before then) and will be sharing photos over on my Instagram, be sure to check them out.
We have a pass (admits 4) to the Ghost Train in Stanley Park for Thursday, October 15th to give away to one Discovering Parenthood reader. The pass is good to ride the train any time between 7 and 9pm that evening. This contest is open to residents of the Lower Mainland, winner must be able to attend the train that evening of October 15th, 2015. Enter below…