Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train 2011by
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.
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 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.
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Clowns terrify me!
The giant spiders in my basement. They seem large enough to carry me away.
Clowns!! Their paint on smile… its like what are they hiding under there.
Penguins…I know, weird. But Penguins
Nothing really frightens me except the thought of losing a loved one.
Moths – it’s totally illogical, but I hate the way they flutter at my face
Spiders! Especially the big ones.
Name something? My list is long lol. But I guess the top thing would be birds.
After that bugs, holes and clusters, hights, etc….
I am 26 and still afraid of the dark!!
the anticipation of something about to scare me – so haunted houses, jack in the box, and definitely a haunted train ride!!
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!
Bugs! They freak me out.
It would have to be spiders! usually gets the adrenaline to flight :S
Being trapped in a small space.
definitely spiders and snakes !
Spiders and Snakes – eek!
The Dark Scares me!
Clown have always frightened me, No like them… lol
I hate to say it but…CATS! I know they are cute and all but they freak me out. :$
I’m not scared of anything and that frightens me.
The talking garbage cans they have at fast food restaurants!
ok don’t laugh but i’m deathly scared of pigeons!
Rats are my fear!ugh
I would love to say Bunnies, but I happen to love them. I guess that what really terrifies me is my kid getting hurt.
Losing someone I love.
Being on a roller coaster! Have only been once, for the last time!
blood frightens me
Mice and rats frighten me to death!
Not many things frightens me, but not having enough food for the guests at a party i am hosing would frighten me. 😛
Certain Halloween type and murder movies like Saw
my mother’s seemingly bottomless appetite.
Big Spiders!! :S
I’m deathly afraid of mice!!!!!!!!
I hate heights.
Fat envelopes, especially if they’re from VISA.
Those unexplained noises in the dark when you’re out walking by yourself….shivers!
Looking out a window at night, and spiders.
Height scares me, and ofcourse open elevators.
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!
big fat moths…hatethemhatethemhatethem….!
The sound of screeching tires behind me when I’m in traffic.
spiders for sure
My kids would love this!
i have always always been afraid of santa clause, from when i was a baby til now as an adult.
Spiders. They are eight-legged soulless killing machines. Even typing that word wigs me out.
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re: comment above ‘ Tapout shirts’ – I agree!
swimming in a lake or middle of the ocean when i cant see the bottom.
As long as there aren’t any spiders…. yuck!
Cockroaches are creepy 🙁
The dark and spirits..
Moths and Dragonflies literally make my heart drop down into my stomach!! haha 😛
Anything to do with hospitals.
Bare feet scare me
I was never afraid of clowns until I saw the Opera episode of Seinfeld ;o)
my car brakes not working gives me nightmares!
I am afraid of spiders.
My top 2 are: darkness & sharks
bugs, rodents … anything that crawls and might bite me
Leather Jackets creep me out…they look like a mutated spider and mosquito that can’t really fly properly….yuck!
Guy with a hook in the corner of the room
I’m scared of mannequins.
I am scared of spiders :S
Terrified of snakes!
I am SCARED of natural disasters!!
the rate of how many people are starving in this world!!!!!!!!!
Clowns scare the living daylights out of me!
Anything with 6 or more legs
Ghosts! Or for something that actually exists, spiders.
Horror movies scare me
I hate clowns. Ever since IT, I have not been able to appreciate them.
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clowns are creepy for sure.
Spiders and mice
any kind of rodents! ugh.
flying insects. *shudder* and horror movies where some of the ‘bad guys’ are children. The Shining…”hello Danny, would you like to play?” bahhhhh!!!!
clowns are creepy- the one in Poltergeist was the scariest!
Dogs and bees!
Ghosts – this will be my first Halloween I will be visiting Vancouver on the 31st October 2011 from Sydney Australia.
I’m scared of heights!
Things that go bump in the night
I’m scared of heights…or at least of falling from a height!
To quote Carrie Bradshaw: “I was specifically told there would be no clowns. There’s nothing scarier than a clown.”
Spiders or clowns which are creepy.
Anything with more than 4 legs aka all bugs!!!
In real life, spiders scare me. However, those face-eating scarabs from The Mummy are pretty terrifying too.
I am terrified of Raccoons!
I’m afraid of things that could hide under my bed!!
ghosts!!! and not winning contests!!
public speaking…. yikes!
Smile of a clown
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!
I am afraid of dementors and SAW
driving.. i know ..stupid but i am 40 years old and terrified of driving a car.
Clowns! they freak me out
Stephen Harper, definitely!
I am terrified by anything that swoops- Birds, Moths, Bats, etc.
people with long nosehairs!
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 🙂
Cockroaches! I’m unfazed by creepy-crawlies but cockroaches make me want to hide!
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.
I’m actually afraid of the dark. I don’t mean like night time dark, I mean PITCH darkness.
apes.after watching planet of the apes.
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!
CLOWNS! my son is gonna love this!
I scare very easily – but any little noise at night…. has me shaking
The future terrifies me.
Heights! Just thinking about the new CN Tower Edge Walk makes my stomach flip.
Love this event!
Anything creepy and crawly!
Big groups of people!
I’m 44 and I’m afraid of my mother.
Heights terrify me!
The bear creek park train scares me!
spiders….big hairy spiders….
This may be a bit weird compared to the other comments… but WHALES frighten me.
bad report card marks =(
Entering a dark apartment, with rays of a steet light peering in , casting shadows.
1. Spiders 2. Clowns but I do love the circus!
1. Clowns 2. Cockroaches !!
I have been terrified of clowns… I think it relates to the puppet clown that hung over my crib when I was a baby!
My outrageous student loan debt!
I’m deathly afraid of wild animals, racoons, pigeons,crows etc
public speaking =S
The sound of power tools – chain saws especially!
Birds. Especially pigeons.
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.
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.
Dolls. Really lifelike, big-eyed dolls especially dressed in period costumes. And completely dark spaces.
Porcelain dolls, especially when there’s a group of them.
Mannequins! Horrifying… ahhh!
Heights scare me.
Zombie movies terrify me.
NEEDLES AND SPIDERS AHHH!!!
Telemarketers, Spammers, Trolls
heights! and speaking to large crowds for sure
The feeling of being trapped freaks me out!
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.
Goliath bird-eating spiders… 🙁
Dogs. I am absolutely terrified of dogs.
Anything creepy crawly frightens me! that includes bugs of any kind and spiders.
clowns. scariest things ever
bad fashion statements
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!
large birds…turkeys,ostriches,canadian geese etc etc
Rats, mice, anything rodent like
Clowns. .__. Just had a nightmare about them recently too..
Ants…i hate them. If i see one im fine…but more then that..gughhh i freak out…
Snakes 🙁 and my bf owns 3 of them, so i see them everyday *SIGH*
I’m terrified of heights!
Anything that crawls on me!
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heights are the death of me!
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. .
Definitely have to say clowns!
being trapped in a lift with Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld
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…
Spiders! They scare me a lot! I also re-tweeted the contest: https://twitter.com/#!/padmeamidala
losing people :S
Jumping into bed in the dark late at night!