Reinvented each year with a new theme, the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes its passengers on a nighttime journey through the forest, filled with (gently) spooky surprises and live-action tableaux, courtesy of the incredible performance artists of Mortal Coil. For 2011, the theme is “Circus of Disaster,” and kids will love the interaction of watching out for the malevolent Bearded Lady!
Like all the best things for kids, the Stanley Park Ghost Train is clever enough to appeal to the parents and adults that go, too; there’s always something to amuse people of all ages. For example, last year the theme was “Alice in Nightmareland,” and though my son was too young to appreciate it, I loved the tongue-in-cheek, psychedelic soundtrack that accompanied the ride, which amusingly included Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit.
Although the train ride itself is fairly short—about 10 minutes—your admission to the Ghost Train grounds includes face-painting, crafts, pumpkin carving, a costume contest, and a Haunted Maze, so families can definitely make a night of it.
Bring the kids in costume, but do keep in mind that there are wait times for a ride on the Ghost Train, so make sure the kids are warm enough!
The Stanley Park Ghost Train runs from October 7 – 31, 2011.
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