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Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 — 11:00am PDT
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Grocery stores have had their Halloween candy out since the last week of August so I figure with autumn arriving on Friday, it’s fair to announce this year’s Stanley Park Ghost Train. Running from October 7th to 31st, the theme this year is Circus of Disaster.

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

Just reading about “a spine-chilling circus carnival” makes me think of seemingly blood-crazed clowns running through the forest — clowns being scary to me regardless of their demeanour. Thanks to the creative team at Mortal Coil (who presented Alice in Nightmareland last year) riders will witness dark circus acts and performances throughout the forested route.

For the price of the train ticket, families (yes it’s still, certainly, family friendly) riders can can also enjoy face painting, crafts, pumpkin carving, costume contest and the Haunted Maze.

The train and surrounding activities are open from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Sundays to Thursdays in October and 6:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets are available online, by phone (1-855-985-5000), or in person at a Ticketmaster outlet. Adults are $9.82, children (2-18) and seniors (65+) are $6.25 however parental discretion is advised on the train for kids 5 and under.

Same-day tickets are available at the train booth from 3:00pm. There is parking in the adjacent lot or you can ride the #19 bus into the Stanley Park bus loop – it’s just a short walk over from there.

If you would like to experience the Circus of Disaster I have 10 passes each valid for 4 admissions to give away to my readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming something that frightens you (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win a four-pack of tickets for @Ghost_TrainYVR from @Miss604

I will draw all 10 winners (whose passes are good for 4 admissions) at 10:00am, Wednesday, October 5, 2011. You can follow the Stanley Park Ghost Train on Facebook or Twitter for sneak previews and updates.

Update The 10 winners are: @kinseySS, @gloomybb, Deidre, nm, AJ, Christine, Jennifer V, ho, Karla Shannon, Dilara.


  1. Amanda says:

    Clowns terrify me!

  2. Vanessa says:


  3. Rachel says:


  4. Jaime says:

    definitely clowns!!!

  5. Jenn says:

    The giant spiders in my basement. They seem large enough to carry me away.

  6. Nancy says:

    Clowns!! Their paint on smile… its like what are they hiding under there.

  7. Dari1an K0vacs says:

    Penguins…I know, weird. But Penguins

  8. Stacy says:

    Nothing really frightens me except the thought of losing a loved one.

  9. Ruth Hartnup says:

    Moths – it’s totally illogical, but I hate the way they flutter at my face

  10. Wesley says:

    Spiders! Especially the big ones.

  11. Hayley says:

    Name something? My list is long lol. But I guess the top thing would be birds.

    After that bugs, holes and clusters, hights, etc….

  12. jaci says:

    I am 26 and still afraid of the dark!!

  13. Parker says:

    the anticipation of something about to scare me – so haunted houses, jack in the box, and definitely a haunted train ride!!

  14. Cheryl says:

    The older I get the more things I am scared of … but I have all the major phobias, spiders, heights, water, death. That being said – I love horror movies, haunted houses, Halloween and the Stanley Park Ghost Train!

  15. ann says:

    Bugs! They freak me out.

  16. Heather says:

    Clay animation..eek!

  17. Gigi says:

    It would have to be spiders! usually gets the adrenaline to flight :S

  18. Being trapped in a small space.

  19. John Mah says:

    definitely spiders and snakes !

  20. Kristina Sinclair says:

    Spiders and Snakes – eek!

  21. Veronica says:

    Clown have always frightened me, No like them… lol

  22. nm says:

    I hate to say it but…CATS! I know they are cute and all but they freak me out. :$

  23. Meg says:


  24. A.J. says:

    I’m not scared of anything and that frightens me.

  25. Reen says:

    The talking garbage cans they have at fast food restaurants!

  26. Linda says:

    ok don’t laugh but i’m deathly scared of pigeons!


  27. liz says:

    Rats are my fear!ugh

  28. Gwen says:

    I would love to say Bunnies, but I happen to love them. I guess that what really terrifies me is my kid getting hurt.

  29. Kevin says:

    Losing someone I love.

  30. Jas says:

    Being on a roller coaster! Have only been once, for the last time!

  31. Roxsy says:

    blood frightens me

  32. maria says:

    Mice and rats frighten me to death!

  33. Jeremy says:

    Not many things frightens me, but not having enough food for the guests at a party i am hosing would frighten me. ๐Ÿ˜›

  34. Dennis says:

    Huge rats

  35. angela says:

    Certain Halloween type and murder movies like Saw

  36. Caitlin says:


  37. Vincent says:


  38. J says:

    my mother’s seemingly bottomless appetite.

  39. HarjitCh says:

    Big Spiders!! :S

  40. Joanne says:

    I’m deathly afraid of mice!!!!!!!!

  41. Abby says:

    I hate heights.

  42. Maria says:

    Fat envelopes, especially if they’re from VISA.

  43. Charlene says:

    Those unexplained noises in the dark when you’re out walking by yourself….shivers!

  44. Cristina says:

    Looking out a window at night, and spiders.

  45. Mike Davids says:

    Height scares me, and ofcourse open elevators.

  46. Stotes says:


  47. David says:

    Tapout shirts!

  48. Kim says:

    I don’t really have a whole lot of fears, but in reading the posts above someone phrased it perfectly when they are afraid of “anticipation” of things. Nothing really freaks me out until about three minutes before I am going to do it (ie. roller coasters) and then I get over it as soon as I’ve started!

  49. Deidre says:

    big fat moths…hatethemhatethemhatethem….!

  50. tania says:

    thriller movies

  51. Cathy says:

    The sound of screeching tires behind me when I’m in traffic.

  52. kelsey says:

    spiders for sure

  53. Michelle says:


  54. BassMstaGeneral says:


  55. ho says:

    My kids would love this!

  56. chista says:

    i have always always been afraid of santa clause, from when i was a baby til now as an adult.

  57. Beth says:

    Spiders. They are eight-legged soulless killing machines. Even typing that word wigs me out.

  58. Alex says:

    Vancouver’s Housing Prices

    re: comment above ‘ Tapout shirts’ – I agree!

  59. dela says:

    swimming in a lake or middle of the ocean when i cant see the bottom.

  60. As long as there aren’t any spiders…. yuck!

  61. Cockroaches are creepy ๐Ÿ™

  62. Sylvia Phan says:

    The dark and spirits..

  63. Karla Shannon says:

    Moths and Dragonflies literally make my heart drop down into my stomach!! haha ๐Ÿ˜›

  64. Lauren says:

    Anything to do with hospitals.

  65. Megan says:

    Bare feet scare me

  66. Donna says:

    I was never afraid of clowns until I saw the Opera episode of Seinfeld ;o)

  67. Christine says:

    my car brakes not working gives me nightmares!

  68. Dae says:

    I am afraid of spiders.

  69. My top 2 are: darkness & sharks

  70. Ruby says:

    bugs, rodents … anything that crawls and might bite me

  71. stacey cook says:

    Leather Jackets creep me out…they look like a mutated spider and mosquito that can’t really fly properly….yuck!

  72. belinda says:

    Guy with a hook in the corner of the room

  73. Katie says:

    I’m scared of mannequins.

  74. Janet says:

    I am scared of spiders :S

  75. Cam says:

    Terrified of snakes!

  76. Ginger Gervais says:

    I am SCARED of natural disasters!!

  77. Bernadette says:

    the rate of how many people are starving in this world!!!!!!!!!

  78. Dilara says:

    Clowns scare the living daylights out of me!

  79. Vydang says:


  80. Elysia says:

    Anything with 6 or more legs

  81. Justine says:

    Ghosts! Or for something that actually exists, spiders.

  82. Jeanie says:

    Horror movies scare me

  83. Gladys says:

    I hate clowns. Ever since IT, I have not been able to appreciate them.

  84. Tina Wong says:

    Getting married!!!!

  85. Kelly says:

    Snakes ๐Ÿ™

  86. Christelle says:

    Definitively rats!

  87. wendy says:

    capilano suspension bridge

  88. matthew m says:

    clowns are creepy for sure.

  89. Alyssa says:

    Wisdom teeth!

  90. Rebecca says:

    My brother.

  91. Richard says:

    Spiders and mice

  92. tracy says:

    any kind of rodents! ugh.

  93. kim says:

    flying insects. *shudder* and horror movies where some of the ‘bad guys’ are children. The Shining…”hello Danny, would you like to play?” bahhhhh!!!!

  94. Patricia says:

    clowns are creepy- the one in Poltergeist was the scariest!

  95. Lindsey Straily says:

    Dogs and bees!

  96. Louise says:

    Ghosts – this will be my first Halloween I will be visiting Vancouver on the 31st October 2011 from Sydney Australia.

  97. Pearl says:

    I’m scared of heights!

  98. Christine says:


  99. Ruby says:

    The Dark!

  100. Mary says:

    Things that go bump in the night

  101. Alisha says:


  102. Tracey flattes says:

    I’m scared of heights…or at least of falling from a height!

  103. Shandys says:

    To quote Carrie Bradshaw: “I was specifically told there would be no clowns. There’s nothing scarier than a clown.”

  104. Kim says:

    Spiders or clowns which are creepy.

  105. Cathy G. says:

    Anything with more than 4 legs aka all bugs!!!

  106. K W says:

    In real life, spiders scare me. However, those face-eating scarabs from The Mummy are pretty terrifying too.

  107. Samantha says:

    I am terrified of Raccoons!

  108. Sofie says:

    I’m afraid of things that could hide under my bed!!

  109. vanessa paine says:

    Clowns lol

  110. nicole says:

    ghosts!!! and not winning contests!!

  111. Bon says:

    public speaking…. yikes!

  112. Mariane says:

    Smile of a clown

  113. Dennis Sato says:

    My two sons love watching horror movies. I remember being terrified I could never get myself to Candyman 3 times. It still creeps me out lol!

  114. Michelle W. says:


  115. Eliza Preiswerk says:

    I am afraid of dementors and SAW

  116. janet says:

    driving.. i know ..stupid but i am 40 years old and terrified of driving a car.

  117. Christy says:

    Clowns! they freak me out

  118. Jake says:

    Stephen Harper, definitely!

  119. richardw says:

    CLOWNS!!!! :S

  120. Samantha says:

    I am terrified by anything that swoops- Birds, Moths, Bats, etc.

  121. rachel says:


  122. Cyndi says:

    people with long nosehairs!

  123. zanna says:

    Im not big on ANY creepy crawleys… especially spiders EEK! But a good fright is when someone or something jumps out of the dark at you and just about makes one pee their pants!! LOL Happy Halloween Miss 604 ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. Lynn says:

    Cockroaches! I’m unfazed by creepy-crawlies but cockroaches make me want to hide!

  125. KinseySS says:

    I used to have a pretty healthy fear of elevators which still lingers. But in my job I got 6 years ago I had to get over it since I was going in and out of different lifts all day.

  126. Becca1NiNe says:

    I’m actually afraid of the dark. I don’t mean like night time dark, I mean PITCH darkness.

  127. linda says:

    apes.after watching planet of the apes.

  128. Rachael says:

    I”m terrified of bears. I grew up in a country with no bears. Now I live in a suburb where bears get into the garbage. I love camping, but at night I can’t sleep. Every single noise outside the tent is a bear waiting to maul my family to pieces!

  129. Ally says:


  130. Michelle says:


  131. Cory says:

    Open wounds.

  132. Hetesh says:

    CLOWNS! my son is gonna love this!

  133. Rhonda says:

    I scare very easily – but any little noise at night…. has me shaking

  134. Chris says:

    The future terrifies me.

  135. Leora says:

    Heights! Just thinking about the new CN Tower Edge Walk makes my stomach flip.

  136. Mark says:

    Love this event!

  137. Priscilla says:

    Anything creepy and crawly!

  138. Tara says:


  139. Alyssa says:

    Big groups of people!

  140. Lora says:


  141. TY says:

    being alone

  142. Claudia says:

    I’m 44 and I’m afraid of my mother.

  143. Gordon says:

    Heights terrify me!

  144. Jay says:

    The bear creek park train scares me!

  145. anna says:

    spiders….big hairy spiders….

  146. Joanne says:

    This may be a bit weird compared to the other comments… but WHALES frighten me.

  147. Leslie says:

    bad report card marks =(

  148. Gloria says:

    Entering a dark apartment, with rays of a steet light peering in , casting shadows.

  149. Stephanie says:

    1. Spiders 2. Clowns but I do love the circus!

  150. Manpreet says:

    1. Clowns 2. Cockroaches !!

  151. Megan says:

    I have been terrified of clowns… I think it relates to the puppet clown that hung over my crib when I was a baby!

  152. Hilary says:

    My outrageous student loan debt!

  153. Jenn says:

    George Bush.

  154. Linda says:

    I’m deathly afraid of wild animals, racoons, pigeons,crows etc

  155. lisa says:

    deep water

  156. shelly says:

    public speaking =S

  157. Jen says:

    The sound of power tools – chain saws especially!

  158. Joey says:

    Birds. Especially pigeons.

  159. Jennifer says:

    heights but the fear only appeared a few years ago … i think it was being stuck on the chair lift at sun peaks for WAY too long.

  160. Sarah says:

    I know this has been said many times, but clowns, hands down, are the most grotesque things ever.
    That and emptying out my 2 year old son’s pockets. Truly frightening sometimes.

  161. Vivian says:

    Dolls. Really lifelike, big-eyed dolls especially dressed in period costumes. And completely dark spaces.

  162. Porcelain dolls, especially when there’s a group of them.

  163. Angela says:


  164. Darlene says:

    Mannequins! Horrifying… ahhh!

  165. Timmy says:

    Heights scare me.

  166. Meghan says:

    Zombie movies terrify me.

  167. Karen says:

    leeches….. gah!!

  168. corey says:


  169. Mike says:

    Telemarketers, Spammers, Trolls

  170. Alicia says:

    heights! and speaking to large crowds for sure

  171. Katherine says:

    The feeling of being trapped freaks me out!

  172. Kathleen Somerville says:

    Not too many things frighten me, but I refuse to watch “the Blair Witch project” I like the forest and don’t want that to change… so scary movies is my answer.

  173. Robbin says:

    Goliath bird-eating spiders… ๐Ÿ™

  174. Heather says:

    Dogs. I am absolutely terrified of dogs.

  175. Connie W says:

    Anything creepy crawly frightens me! that includes bugs of any kind and spiders.

  176. mary says:

    clowns. scariest things ever

  177. Anika says:

    bad fashion statements

  178. Erica says:

    Things that scare me are spiders.. Lame and unoriginal I know! But there is something about them that just creep me out usually not the little ones, but if they jump or are fury you can bet you’ll find me on a chair screaming, hyperventilating or crying until someone removes it but they can’t kill them because that’s just mean.. Weird I know!

  179. Darcy says:

    large birds…turkeys,ostriches,canadian geese etc etc

  180. Rhea says:

    Rats, mice, anything rodent like ๎†

  181. Erika says:

    Clowns. .__. Just had a nightmare about them recently too..

  182. Lindsay says:


  183. Shannon says:

    Snakies,,, eek

  184. Bailey says:

    Ants…i hate them. If i see one im fine…but more then that..gughhh i freak out…

  185. Jennifer V says:

    Snakes ๐Ÿ™ and my bf owns 3 of them, so i see them everyday *SIGH*

  186. Pat says:

    I’m terrified of heights!

  187. Stephanie says:

    Anything that crawls on me!

  188. Risa Shearer says:

    antibiotic resistant infections

  189. desiree yeung says:

    heights are the death of me!

  190. AC07-NW says:

    while walking on the street and found out that one of my friend’s head was not in the shadow – only seen were her body, down to her feet. .we ran fast & left her alone. .

  191. Arthur says:

    Definitely have to say clowns!

  192. alice irwin says:

    being trapped in a lift with Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld

  193. Leslie says:

    I have to stifle screams when I walk through spiderwebs accidently and then spend the next hour thinking I have a spider crawling in my hair..along with all her dead or dying victims in varying stages of their horrifying demise…

  194. padme amidala says:

    Spiders! They scare me a lot! I also re-tweeted the contest:!/padmeamidala

  195. Wesley says:

    losing people :S

  196. Stefanie says:

    Jumping into bed in the dark late at night!

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