Look Out! There’s an Alien Invasion at the Stanley Park Ghost Train

Beware: alien invasion at the Stanley Park Ghost Train!

Each year, Halloween revellers of all ages flock to a magical corner of Stanley Park where fog enshrouds the landscape, Jack-o-Lanterns grin toothily and a much-loved train winds through the forest to an enchanting world whose theme changes annually.

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Look Out! There’s an Alien Invasion at the Stanley Park Ghost Train

Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate Halloween With A Ride On The Stanley Park Ghost Train

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Stanley Park Ghost Train | Photo: Instagram @ghost_trainyvr

Since 1964, the miniature passenger train in Stanley Park has been tooting over trestles, through tunnels, and over bridges, taking passengers on a two-kilometer journey through the natural surroundings of Vancouver’s most famed park.

During the Halloween season, the landscape comes alive as the train is transformed into a Halloween-themed railway adventure. This year’s theme is “Day of the Dead”, a non-spooky, colourful celebration of All Hallows’ Eve. The delightful festival of life decorates the train tour, and the party doesn’t stop when the train returns to the station. Offering a range of attractions and activities in the surrounding area, Stanley Park’s Day of the Dead Halloween celebration is the perfect way to spend a cool Fall evening with family and friends.

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Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate Halloween With A Ride On The Stanley Park Ghost Train

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in October 2012

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What other month combines the thrills of pie eating and zombie fighting? With both Thanksgiving and Halloween, October in Vancouver means a harvest bounty of events.

When it comes to celebrating fall, don’t miss the UBC Apple Festival, Fort Langley Cranberry Festival and local pumpkin picking opportunities.

For horrifying Halloween fun, stand outs include the Stanley Park Ghost Train (for families),  Fright Nights at the PNE (adults) and The Zombie Syndrome (adults).

Add BC Craft Beer Month, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver International Film Festival, Eco Fashion Week and Oktoberfest, and your October event calendar is stuffed fuller than a turducken. Get the full line up below:

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in October

1) FOOD & DRINK | BC Craft Beer Month | Oct. 1-31
Forget your troubles, c’mon get hoppy. It’s getting colder and a little rainy, but there are plenty of convivial, suds-filled evenings in October to chase the blues away. Try newly-released seasonal beers (pumpkin ale, treacle porter and more) and meet a local brewer  at BC Craft Beer Month events, happening all over town. Continue reading:
20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in October 2012

Stanley Park Ghost Train 2011 – Free Ticket Giveaway!

Photo: Stanley Park Ghost Train

Every October, Stanley Park’s famous Miniature Train transforms into one of the Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Attractions and the best Halloween event for younger kids: the Stanley Park Ghost Train.

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!

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Stanley Park Ghost Train 2011 – Free Ticket Giveaway!

Halloween 2011 – Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions 2011

Photo: Fright Nights at the PNE

There’s so much more to Halloween in Vancouver than just trick or treat and partying on October 31. From Friday, October 7 – 31, 2011, Vancouver is packed with spooky fun for all ages!

Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions 2011

1. Stanley Park Ghost Train – October 7 – 31, 2011
Every October, Stanley Park’s Miniature Train transforms into the Ghost Train. One of the best Vancouver Halloween attractions for kids under 10 (though it’s plenty of fun for all ages), this gently spooky ride takes you on a magical journey through the nighttime forest, where you pass by imaginative, live-action tableaux created by the master performance artists of Mortal Coil. Admission to the 2011 Ghost Train also includes face painting, crafts, pumpkin carving and the Haunted Maze.

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Halloween 2011 – Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Events & Attractions 2011

All Aboard the Stanley Park Ghost Train 2010 – Halloween Fun for Kids

Stanley Park Ghost Train

Every October, Stanley Park’s famous Miniature Train transforms into the best kid-friendly Halloween attraction in Vancouver: the Stanley Park Ghost Train.

Reinvented every year with a new theme, the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes its passengers through a world filled with spooky surprises and live-action tableaux, courtesy of the amazing Mortal Coil Performance Society. The 2010 theme is “Alice in Nightmareland,” which means that the Mad Hatter sends off every train and tableaux include the (stilt-walking) Red Queen and Alice fighting the Jabberwocky.

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All Aboard the Stanley Park Ghost Train 2010 – Halloween Fun for Kids

Ready for Spooky Fun? All Aboard the Stanley Park Ghost Train

Stanley Park Ghost Train
Stanley Park Ghost Train

When it comes to celebrating the Halloween season, kids in Vancouver have a lot to look forward to: trick-or-treating, Fright Nights at the PNE, and—especially perfect for younger kids—the annual Stanley Park Ghost Train.

Each year, the Ghost Train thrills kids and families with evening and nighttime rides through a world filled with haunting set pieces. This year, courtesy of the remarkable Mortal Coil Performance Society, Ghost Train riders meet creatures like the Wild Woman of the Woods, the voodoo god Obatal, and the Goddess of Death Kali on their journey.

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Ready for Spooky Fun? All Aboard the Stanley Park Ghost Train