Scary – or not not so scary – Halloween train rides mean fun for everyone
It may make its presence known by the mournful moan of a diesel locomotive, the shrill tweet of a steam engine, or the haunting clang of a trolley. In any case, the eerie call of a Halloween Train promises goblins, ghouls, and ghosts of all ages a giggle-filled Halloween journey. Now, with track-or-treat time fast approaching, railways around the world are getting ready. What awaits the unsuspecting Halloween traveler? That depends on what you’re looking for.
Dare to catch a scare? Then be on hand when a Halloween Ghost Train creeps up to a shadowy depot. Not for the faint of heart, Ghost Train riders can never be sure of what might leap out from between the aisles or lurk on down the line. Friendly fiends and creepy cohorts abound amid echoing shrieks and screams.
For grown-up gremlins, adult-only Ghost Trains leave teens and youngsters behind. Most are boos and booze rail cruises featuring extras like dining and entertainment.
Frightful fun isn’t for everyone, so many railroads offer fear-free, tear-free family-friendly train rides that present Halloween-themed characters, sing-alongs, and activities that won’t scare your little one.
Pumpkin Train rides are also fright-free Halloween alternatives. Popular with young and old alike, a train ride to the pumpkin patch to pick a perfect pumpkin is an autumn tradition.
Howl aboard! Spooktacular Halloween Train rides are planned to run along over 150 railways across the U.S. and Canada, as well as Britain and Ireland. Activities and entertainment vary but most offer tasty trick-or-treats and costumes are encouraged for all!