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

Ghost Train

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.

Stanley Park Ghost Train | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Stanley Park Ghost Train | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Take A Ride On The Train

The train ride is definitely the main attraction, boasting 14 minutes of spook-tacular Halloween fun. The artistically-decorated scenes, live performances, and colourful lights will keep your kids entertained as you twist and turn along the train tracks. Don’t worry, nothing will jump out and grab you!

Tip: if you’re travelling with younger riders, I suggest attending an earlier performance so the daylight keeps the atmosphere light and fun.

Live Actor | Photo: Bianca

Live Performance | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Spooky Graveyard | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Spooky Graveyard | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Stroll Through The Spooky Barn

Hop off the train, grab a hot chocolate, and go for a stroll through the Spooky Barn, where you’ll find an indoor celebration of the dead. Peek through the ghostly peep holes, wander down the dark hallways, and end your tour with a little dance in the dark before heading back outside to continue your Halloween adventures.

The Spooky Barn | Photo: Bianca Bujan

The Spooky Barn | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Other Family Fun Activities

Tap your feet as you enjoy a live performance by the wandering mariachi band, wander through the winding maze, enjoy arts and crafts, or have your face painted under one of the activity tents. Don’t forget to enjoy a hot drink and a sweet treat before heading home after an evening of Halloween fun!

Mariachi Band | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Mariachi Band | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Ghost Train Hours & Additional Information:

Open October 8 – October 31, 2016
Monday to Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday to Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Matinee Trains:
Friday to Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Tickets range from $6-$11 per person, and entrance to the Spooky Barn is an additional $2 per person.

Tip: Pre-book your time slot, and aim for a weekday early evening to avoid large crowds.

Phone: 604-257-8531

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