As Halloween approaches, there are lots of spooky ways to get your mini ghouls and goblins into the spirit of the occasion. One of our favourite things to do is to go on a Halloween train ride. There are several themed railways in and around the city for you to choose from. Some are light on the scare factor and perfect for the younger set, while others are for those brave souls who want to get their hearts thumping.
Climb aboard if you dare, and find out where these spine-tingling journeys will take you.
Stanley Park Ghost Train
October 11 to 31
This year, the Stanley Park Ghost Train is setting off into a nightmare! Themed Alice in Nightmareland, during this year’s event, Alice falls down the rabbit hole again. Only this time, she is older and things aren’t what they seem. Follow Alice and the Not-So-White Rabbit through an endless series of stone doors and enter into a gothic nightmare world of tombs and tombstones, crypts, and catacombs!
Matinees run on Fridays to Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm (with no actors). There are unlimited rides between 11 am and 2 pm, so kids can hop on as often as they like.
Things get a little more sinister in the evening. Ghoulishly-costumed performers begin roaming around at 5:30 pm daily, bringing to life eerie scenes in both the plaza and during the train ride.
Admission includes the pumpkin patch, mazes, crafts, movies, and other family-friendly activities.
Bear Creek Park Train
October 5 to 31
As of October 5 at Bear Creek Park, it’s full steam ahead on the all-ages Pumpkin Express. Begin your trip with Halloween crafts and games on the station’s platform. Then, a train will take you through a decorated forest to a pumpkin patch. Children aged two and up will receive a child-sized pumpkin to take home. After visiting the pumpkin patch, climb on board for the return trip to the station. Cost is $10 per person, and children under two are free. The Pumpkin Express runs from 10 am to 4:30 pm, rain or shine.
If you’re ready for a more chilling experience, ride the Scream Train in the evenings, as the haunted forest comes alive with creepy sounds and effects. Chainsaw Charlie is back, along with other macabre characters. The Scream Train runs from October 11 to 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is $13 per person.
The Bear Creek Park train is located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey.
Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Halloween
October 19 & 20
The Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society offers a unique Halloween experience on beautifully restored historic train cars.
The heritage trains, replica station, and Discovery Centre will be fully decorated for the occasion. Guests will be taken on an hour-long story adventure that begins with an introduction in the station to set the scene. As the haunting tale unfolds—thanks to an enthusiastic crew of volunteers—you’ll enjoy rides on a refurbished train and speeder and other activities that make for a howling good time.
This year’s theme is Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and passengers are encouraged to dress as their favourite characters. Adventures take place from 10 am to 4 pm. There are only six events per day, so reserve your time slot well in advance. The railway is located in Cloverdale at 176A Street and #10 Highway.
Britannia Mine Museum
October 19th & 20th and October 26th & 27th
The Britannia Mine Museum (10 minutes south of Squamish), has a spooky underground train as part of their Halloween festivities. It’s not your typical railroad as it’s inside the mine (recommended for ages 5 and up), but there are lots of other all-ages activities happening as well. This year, family-friendly activities that focus on ‘scary’ science include bugs, unusual things to touch and themed games.
Plus, the Spooky Train & Tour lets you rumble inside the underground for a spine-tingling tale. Activities take place from 10 am to 3 pm.