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Stanley Park Ghost Train for Halloween 2010

Friday, October 8th, 2010 — 10:46am PDT
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The Stanley Park miniature railway is hosting its annual Ghost Train and this year’s theme is Alice in Nightmareland. Last night we had a sneak peak at the train ride, haunted farmyard, ghoulish concession and monstrous face painting hi-jinx.

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Mortal Coil Performance Society is responsible for the fantastic artwork, scenes, and actors that are out along the Alice in Nightmareland train route. The soundtrack to the ride varies from contemporary fantasy tunes to sounds from Alice in Wonderland, making for a creepy psychedelic ride.

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Characters act out scenes, playing cards come to life, objects twirl and spin while the endless clickety-clack of the train on the tracks echoes through the dark forest. The route doesn’t have jack-o-lanterns, Dracula, or skeletons but I think they’ve achieved a whole new level of spooky this year with this trippy attraction.

Ghost Train
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Aside from the train, there will be nightly activities on the grounds this season that include:

  • Pumpkin carving on Monday October 11th and Monday October 18th
  • A celebration for the new film “Megamind” on Monday October 25th
  • Costume night on Tuesday October 26th

The Ghost Train is open nightly from 6:00pm to 10:00pm until October 31st and the haunted farmyard is accessible from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The Stanley Park Ecology Society is also leading “Creature of the Night” theatrical walks on the hour, Tuesday through Saturdays from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

All attractions are open rain or shine and parking is free after 5:00pm in the lot adjacent to the train plaza entrance. Tickets do sell out so you can pick yours up ahead of time via Ticketmaster.

The Stanley Park miniature train has been in operation since 1963 and the Ghost Train has been running each season since 1999. You can follow @Ghost_TrainYVR on Twitter for daily updates or become a fan on Facebook.

If you would like to experience the Ghost Train and Alice’s Nightmareland for yourself, I have six 4-packs of tickets to give away over the next few weeks. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post about Halloween (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Win a 4-pack of tickets to #Halloween @Ghost_TrainYVR from @Miss604

I will draw three winners from all entries on October 12th and another three winners on October 18th. The tickets are valid for admission on any night until October 21st.

Update The first three winners are Michael Kwan, Ally, and @k_westend. I’ll draw three more in a few days.

Update The last three winners are @HudsonHomeTeam, Michelle, Janet, and Christine.

Current contests on


  1. I would love to go and check out this local event. I got Halloween lazy for years but now have a child and the fun has come back!

  2. bekki says:

    I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland, but have never done the Stanley Park Ghost Train. Now I hope I win so that I can finally go!

  3. I heard about this too late last year. I’m pretty sure I’ll be checking this one out for certain this time aroundy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. benita says:

    first halloween in vancouver!! spooky!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Sounds like fun!

  6. Iz says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! I wonder if they drew some inspiration from Tim Burton’s movie too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. taraden says:

    Sounds and looks like a great time! Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year.

  8. Kyong Suk says:

    I think I will get dressed for it – I can use my Zombie costume from the upcoming Vancouver Zombie walk.

  9. Cameron says:

    Another good Halloween event is the PNE Fright Nights October 15-31, but I think this train looks more suitable for small(er) children.

  10. Veronica says:

    My kids go crazy for Halloween… they had their costumes picked out right after school started!

    But really, the kids are my favourite part of Halloween.

    I just wish there were more kids going door to door in my neighbourhood. Seeing all the different costumes is a definite highlight.

  11. Holly says:

    Halloween is my favorite “holiday”!! This would be a wonderful adventure.

  12. Anna says:

    Never been on the Stanley Park Ghost Train. I hope I get a chance to go this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Andrea Loewen says:

    I have lived in Vancouver for 4 years an never got to the Ghost Train. I LOVE the theme, this sounds fantastic!

  14. Stv. says:

    Ooh – I suspect the boy’d love this. count me in!

  15. Parker says:

    I’ve never been on this and really need to go see it! I bet I’ll scream the whole time…

  16. LaurenceB says:

    Well, it’s worth a try, I’ve never done Halloween before, why not?

  17. Jodi says:

    A great way to get in the mood for Halloween!

  18. Rebeka says:

    Alice in Nightmareland = awesome!

    I havent been on the Stanley Park train since I was 5!

  19. EF says:

    Looks pretty interesting, I’ve never been on the Ghost Train how long is the ride?

  20. Chris says:

    I’m on the train! I’m on the train! I’m on the ghost train!

  21. Ashley says:

    I love Halloween AND Alice in Wonderland. What a great combination!

  22. Sarahhhhh says:

    AHHHH Halloween, my absolute favourite time of year!!! Can’t wait to check out the ghost train!!

  23. Rachel says:

    Loved the ghost train last year. I would love to go again this year for Alice in Nightmareland!!

  24. gil says:

    Would love to go.

  25. Joanne B says:

    I’m looking forward to halloween this year. Looking forward to decorating our new home and giving out candies to trick or treaters.
    Definitely looking forward to the Stanley Park Ghost Train ride as well. =)

  26. Tracey Flattes says:

    Yes kid would love it!

  27. Alyson says:

    I try and do the ghost train every year for either halloween or christmas. love the tradition.

  28. Sanaz says:

    Halloween is the best time to party in Vancouver!

  29. Jason Baker says:

    I’d love to go on the train!

  30. Jenn says:

    Halloween is awesome. Ghost trains are even better! =)

  31. Jessica says:

    I remember celebrating New Year’s at the Christmas train ride in Stanley Park a few years ago. It was so great. So nice to be entirely away from the madness downtown. Yeesh!

  32. LB says:

    I’ve wondered about the ghost train for a few years now…. is it mainly for kids or adults or does everyone go?

  33. JL says:

    I went on the ghost train a few years back and it was entertaining. It’s a family-friendly activity yet I think young adults will enjoy the one-of-a-kind train ride as well.

  34. Michael Kwan says:

    Even though I’ve lived my whole life here, I’ve never been on the Stanley Park ghost train. It’s about time I go one of these days.

  35. Hayley says:

    This looks so nifty, I’m hoping to get a group a of friends to come out and try it with me ^_^

  36. Chista says:

    The Alice in Wonderland theme will be awesome to see!

  37. Colin says:

    I’d love to check out the haunted train but is it too tacky to bring my roommates who aren’t as young at heart as myself?

  38. tracy says:

    im excited!! what a cool theme ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to check it out

  39. Kevin says:

    I remember volunteering in high school for both this and the Christmas one… standing outside taking tickets in the cold….. but the displays were always great and we got treated to pizza and hot chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Shawnna says:

    Looks like fun!! 2nd year now living in vancouver – have to check this out for sure!!

  41. Christine says:

    I have never been to this and would love to take my son! We both are HUGE halloween lovers ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. lisa says:

    ^^ alice in wonderland theme woot woot

  43. Jason says:


  44. PaulC says:

    I’m new in town and would love to check it out!

  45. BrianW says:

    Sounds like fun. Would love to go!

  46. Teresa K says:

    I really like this year’s theme.

  47. Robin says:

    Halloween is probably my fav holiday; love the dressing up and all the community events. Esp looking forward to the Skytrain party and to the Parade of Lost Souls, but I’d love to add the ghost train to my plans. =)

  48. Maddy says:

    The best party of the year is here. Love to win this.

  49. Ally says:

    just moved to the 604 will be our first halloween here!

  50. Ian Yeung says:

    oooooo perfect for my cousin!

  51. Grace Mok says:

    I wanna win this for the family please!

  52. Steven Yeung says:

    wow! thats a great family event!

  53. lindawwww says:

    I’ve never been on the Stanley Park Halloween train and I would love to go!

  54. Jen B says:

    I would love to go check this out, favourite movie of all time!!

  55. Vanessa says:

    As a new Vanouverite, I would love to go! Locals just hyped this event to me last night!

  56. Cindy says:

    Halloween is a great time for adults to play dress-up along with their kids! I’m gonna be a bumble bee this year.

  57. Liz says:

    Wow this looks really neat! I didn’t know Stanley Park had this for Halloween, I would love to go!

  58. Brenda says:

    I’ve never been on any of the seasonal Stanley Park Train rides so I’d love to go! Especially this year with the Alice theme, it should be some eerie fun!

  59. Roz says:

    Looks like lots of fun!

  60. Helen says:

    A halloween must for the gamily.

  61. Marco Furtado says:

    Looks like a really fun trip….

  62. kath says:

    i’ve never really understood Halloween (I’m from Oz) but this is def up my (spooky) alley. looks like a lot of fun!

  63. Mel H says:

    It’s fun for all ages.

  64. Janet says:

    Halloween is always so spooky!

  65. Kevin says:

    The train ride looks like a great addition to my Halloween!

  66. Baonana says:

    Halloween! FINALLY Time to act like children!

  67. Shannon says:

    I’m going as Frosta this year, She-ra’s icy blue friend!

  68. RichardW says:

    The ghost train at Stanley Park is turning into a “must do” during the month of October!!!

  69. Talk about good timing…My costume this year is the Queen of Hearts…I’ll fit right in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Amy W. says:

    Halloween is great for adults to be kids again!

  71. Janice says:

    Halloween is a spooky time of year.

  72. Krystel says:

    My kids would love going on this train ride… fingers crossed!

  73. Maria says:

    Interesting theme, “Alice in Nightmareland”.

  74. Jen says:

    I love the Stanley Park train and it is such a great outing for hallowe’en!

  75. Loretta says:

    alice in wonderland the movie totally freaked me out! something about their purple-ish faces.

  76. This year looks amazing! I’m taking my nephew on his first ride this year, hopefully it gives him a thrill.

  77. Barb Walter says:

    please add me to the list of hopefuls !
    the kids would love it! (me too, haha)

  78. Johanna Goodyear says:

    I’ve never been on the Stanley Park ghost train, thanks for reminding me that I should go this year!

  79. Jenni says:

    Gee, Alice is popular this year.

  80. Rebecca D. says:

    Looks like fun! Never been but would love to check it out:)

  81. Vivian says:

    I’d love to see it (and win tickets)!

  82. Erin says:

    Win or lose the comp I’m glad I now know about this.

  83. Cliff says:

    The best part of Hallowe’en is candy.

  84. Brenda says:

    Sounds like a great way to be a big kid on Hallowe’en.

  85. Kevin says:

    It’s our daughter’s first halloween. We’re so excited!

  86. angela says:

    I would love to be able to take my kids to this! They love Halloween!

  87. Valerie says:

    My boyfriend and I love dressing up for Halloween and carving pumpkins!!!

  88. sandy says:

    I love all things about Halloween, the candy, movies, costumes!

  89. Margaret says:

    Rebecca, this Halloween I am dressing up as a grumpy Receptionist, no wait….that’s just my job, maybe I’ll pretend to be a happy person instead….lol! Have a great Halloween!

  90. Wilson says:

    Sounds like fun. Hope I win. *fingers crossed*

  91. Scott M says:

    I had no idea Stanley Park did so much for Halloween!

  92. Hannah Lee says:

    What a great theme! I’ve never been on this train ride before and would love to go!

  93. Jason Sanders says:

    Oh, I’d love to go! Seems like the Ghost Train is getting a lot of buzz this year.

  94. michelle says:

    It looks fun! I would love to take my kids there.
    We’ve neve been on this train befoe ( or win any contest before)!

  95. Mika Fryling says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog and it looks like a great resource! I love Halloween (our baby’s first!) and am already looking forward to October 31. Scoring free tix to the train would be fantastic.

  96. Marco says:

    The Queen of Hearts looks scary indeed. Dressing up on Hallowe’en is always a ton of fun, maybe I can get some ideas!

  97. Amazing pictures! Halloween in Vancouver is such a treat ๐Ÿ™‚ Our 4 year old is finally ready to enjoy this train, can’t wait!

  98. Connie says:

    I would love to take my grandkids to the Ghost Train since they will be in town from Toronto!

  99. mike says:

    Even though I’m not a fan of scary movie etc..but i know my wife would love to go. ๐Ÿ˜€

  100. virg says:

    Two of my best girlfriends will be in town, having seen them in ages. It would be wonderful to take them to Stanley Park AND do the Ghost Train.

  101. Dilara says:

    This is something I’ve always wanted to check out! Halloween is special to my fiancee and I because we met 4 years ago at a Halloween party. ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Deb says:

    I would love to check out this attraction with my family! Halloween is my favorite holiday, my youngest son was born a Halloween baby!

  103. Stephanie says:

    I have three kids and they are crazy about Halloween. They would love to have a ride on the train. Thanks for the chance to win.

  104. Sean says:

    I love the Halloween train! Halloween the only day of the year where grown-ups get to play dress-up!

  105. sumi says:

    Halloween is my favourite holiday!!!

  106. Dal says:

    Sounds like a fun time! Have yet to go on the Halloween train.

  107. na says:

    Dunbar haunted house is a must go! Can’t wait for it to open!!!

  108. Jackie says:

    Man, I love Halloween. I love pumpkin carving, decorating, friends and parties (especially the parade of lost souls).

  109. amfriesen says:

    wow this is a popular contest; never been and the alice in wonderland theme seems great

  110. adam knight says:

    Booo i would love to win this to take my niece

  111. I hope it’s a scary as the Christmas event at Stanley Park! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pumpkin carving!!

  112. stella says:

    I love halloween! Sounds like a spooooky train ride!

  113. Tiffany R W says:

    halloween tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. shelly says:

    my kids would love this!

  115. Samantha says:

    Would LOVE to win this!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  116. A.J. says:

    I haven’t been on the halloween train in years! I’d love to go with my friends to relive old times!

    Handing out candy on halloween is fun too!

  117. Heidi says:

    I love Alice in Wonderland and the train! how much spooky fun is that!

  118. michelle says:

    I remember riding the train as a kid. Its been a long time!

  119. Katie S says:

    So Awesome! I love the train

  120. Fred says:

    Hope to take my wife and son to this. We were married on Halloween so it’s perfect, chills, thrills and romance

  121. Dianne says:

    Yay! I love the Stanley Park ghost train! Im so excited to go this year, I think that the Alice in Wonderland theme is a fantastic idea. Happy Halloween!

  122. Lisa Parans says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday!!! Fun, candy, costumes..
    A time to display your inner child, creativity, sexuality, humor and/ or future possibilities!
    Dream big, laugh and just be!

  123. Mary Ann says:

    It sounds like a lot of fun. My niece would love it.

  124. My boys are very excited about the Stanley Park Ghost Train. I hope they aren’t too scared to take the ride!

  125. Nicole says:

    Cool – thanks for the chance to win a free ride ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Lindsey says:

    Do they know its halloweeeeen. (Check out the song its sponsored by unicef)

  127. Ashley says:

    Oh this would be a great way to celebrate this awesome season with my great friends ๐Ÿ™‚ alice in wonderland is my absolute favvvee!

  128. Rose says:

    I can’t wait for HALLOWEEN!! ๐Ÿ™‚ especially for the candy

  129. Maddy says:

    I’ve never actually been on the ghost train! I’ve always had midterms/papers due at this time and on Halloween I give out the candy at my house lol. My favorite trick or treaters are the little kids in their onesies, but I wonder who the candy really goes to…

  130. kath says:

    Still not sure I understand all the hoopla North Americans attribute to Halloween but the Ghost Train looks like a LOT of fun so perhaps this will help get me in the spirit of the season ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. kathy says:

    Loved the Bright Lights at Christmas. Never been on the Ghost Train.
    Can’t wait to go.

  132. julie says:

    OH! my son’s two faves in the whole world are ghosts + trains…. this would make his day. thanks for the opp! xx

  133. Olima says:

    We always love the ghost train… can’t wait to take our son to it this year!

  134. Irvin says:

    our boy loves Halloween so he would love to ride the ghost train!

  135. ooooooooooo – I’d love to win tix so that I can bring my kids…..they’d love it and be sc-sc-sc-scared at the same time! *smiles*

  136. Kevin Wong says:

    gonna be watching Grease on halloween

  137. phil6024 says:

    going to be awesome this year

  138. sue says:

    WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE to take my niece Amber & scare the pants off her!!!

  139. Art Buffie says:

    We’d love to try the ghost train.

  140. Art Buffie says:

    we’d really like to ride the ghost train.

  141. carly says:

    I love Halloween and this sounds like a great event!

  142. Janet says:

    I love all halloween things. This is my favourite time of the year.
    I want to go on the train with my 13 year old daughter and my partner.

  143. Michelle Williamson says:

    Fall is my favourite time of year! I can’t wait for this, and many other Halloween festivities in Vancouver!

  144. Declan & Kyle says:

    Very informative blog – thank you!
    Declan and Kyle would LOVE to go on the Stanley Park Halloween Train!!

  145. Michy says:

    I would love these tickets! I am so excited for Halloween this year, unlike last year. It would make it even more awesome to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. Rachael Q says:

    Oh I’m a big fan of the Ghost Train and Alice in Wonderland. Perfect. I’m not sure who would be more scared – my 6 year old niece or my 30 something husband!

  147. Heidi says:

    I have taken the kids the Bright Nights event and have gone in the summer but haven’t checked out the Halloween train yet and would love to try it.

  148. Jennifer says:

    My little guy loves Trains and tunnels! Can wait to go to the train!

  149. Jennifer says:

    My little guy loves Trains and tunnels! Cant wait to go to the train!

  150. Martha says:

    I still really love handing out candies to the children who come by with their wonderful costumes!

  151. Roberta says:

    Every year I want to go and I always forget. Thanks for reminding me about the train, I will try to go this year.

  152. Michelle says:

    I am bringing my 2 children over to Vancouver this weekend…They are 6 and 2, would this be too scarey for them?!? They are really excited about it…Thanks

  153. Cameron W. says:

    Would love to go this year, as Alice is my absolute, favourite book.

  154. Daisy says:

    This would be a perfect gift for the 3 little munchkins in my life. Ages 11, 8 & 6 ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. Maria says:

    Halloween is my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  156. Amanda says:

    Have we missed the Oct. 18th draw? I’d love to take a very special 11-year-old boy. He’d go crazy for it! Please enter us if it’s not too late.

  157. Phyllis says:

    I would love to go and see the Evil Queen!!

  158. Veronica says:

    I would love to go to this event. Sounds like fun!

  159. Tuija says:

    That little train is a really cool Stanley Park tradition. Even when it is haunted.

  160. Tracey Flattes says:

    I want to go on the Halloween train!

  161. Ivy says:

    Halloween is my favourite time of the year because i get to be anyone i want. I can act silly, look silly, be scary and do anything and no one questions it because it’s halloween! I would love to go on the ghost train because i’ve never been also! Thanks!

  162. Dave says:

    My girlfriend loves this. I’d love to be able to surprise her with tickets!

  163. Michael says:

    I would love to take my nephew, thanks.

  164. Christine says:

    We love the train, never miss it! It will be sad to see the farmyard close after this year though.

  165. Sarah Martin says:

    My family with two children have made it a tradition of seeing the most spectacular event that Stanley Park has to offer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  166. Michelle says:

    I’ve always wanted to go!!

  167. Dennis L. says:

    I met my fiancee at a Halloween party, so I’m a big fan of the holiday!

  168. Doris says:

    So fun! I would love to go

  169. Mina says:

    Never had the chance to check this out, sounds like so much fun! Date night?

  170. Adam says:

    My girlfriend has always wanted to go to this. This would make her so happy

  171. Sandra says:

    My 2 year niece would love this. She is a train fanatic and what better way to celebrate Halloween with her! Thanks for holding this draw!

  172. Saranna says:

    My favourite memories of Hallowe’en was the chance to dress up and go out with my brother collecting candy. Candy was a novelty in my house so between Hallowe’en and Easter there are some pretty good memories!

    I would love to relive my inner child and win this prize!

  173. Kim says:

    I love dressing up for Halloween! I am new to Vancouver so I have never been on the train, but would love to!

  174. […] out Miss604′s blog for better photos of the Ghost Train (from media night, […]

  175. Jessica says:

    We are going to go on the ghost train ride on Saturday for my sons 5 th birthday he loves trains and he’s bringing two friends ! To celebrate !

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