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Stanley Park Ghost Train 2012: Scary Fairy Tales

Friday, September 21st, 2012 — 10:58am PDT
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The Stanley Park Ghost Train rolls into the woods this October with a scary fairy tale theme this year. Mortal Coil Performance Society has once again put together the production and artistic direction as they have done in the past with the Ghost Train’s carnival and Alice in Nightmareland themes.


The Ghost Train will run nightly from October 5, 2012 to October 31, 2012. Rides will run 6:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, until 11:00pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 11:00am to 3:00pm matinee runs (for just $5) will take places on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Stanley Park Ghost Train 2010 – Alice in Nightmareland. Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Of course there’s always more to Halloween in Stanley Park than the Ghost Train. The surrounding courtyard will feature a haunted castle, face painting, crafts, a pumpkin patch, entertainers like the Carnival Band, and special event nights. On Tuesday, October 30th there will be a costume contest starting at 6:00pm and movie nights will be Sundays (with Mirror Mirror) and Thursdays (with The Princess Bride).

The train is covered and protected from the rain so you can come despite the fall weather that will eventually arrive. There will be free parking on site and you can take transit right into the park on the #19 bus. Tickets are now on sale online and by phone (1-855-985-5000) for $6.25 (for ages 2-18 and seniors) and $9.82 (adults). You can also purchase tickets on site after 3:00pm.
I have 10 tickets to give away to opening night on October 5th so I’ll bundle them up into 5 pairs to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite fairy tale (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tix to opening night of @ghost_trainYVR from @Miss604

I will draw 5 winners at random from all entries next Friday, September 28, 2012 at 12:00pm. Follow the Stanley Park Ghost Train on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Update The winners are @michiec87, Tracy, Lorraine, Rachel, and Kirsten!

Update A pumpkin patch is coming to Stanley Park right at the Ghost Train area. The pumpkin patch will open October 18th and run until Halloween from 6:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Pumpkins will be $5 each and children can take park in carving events on Tuesday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 23rd.

Current contests on


  1. Breanne says:

    Alice in Wonderland!

  2. tracy says:


  3. Ruth Hartnup says:

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff

  4. Jack and the beanstalk.

  5. Alex says:

    Alice in Wonderland!
    One Pill Makes Your Larger and One Pill Makes You Small~~

  6. Rachel says:

    The Twelve Brothers!

  7. James says:

    Little red riding hood!

  8. Emilia Turner says:

    Snow White

  9. chrissy says:

    Little Mermaid!

  10. David D. says:

    Alice in Wonderland!

  11. Laura says:

    Rapunzel for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Donna says:

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  13. MrsF says:

    Little Red Riding Hood

  14. Iz says:


  15. Lorraine says:

    Speaking on behalf of my 4 year old daughter:
    The Boy Who Cried Wolf—I don’t know that it is her favorite buy I know I have told it to her many times that she tells it to her friends, when they are perhaps fibbing..

  16. Leanne M says:

    Snow WHite

  17. Shelley says:

    Hansel and Gretel

  18. Barbara says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  19. Cece says:

    Snow white

  20. Dae says:

    Sleeping Beauty.

  21. Stephanie S says:

    The stinky cheese man! (based on the gingerbread man)

  22. L.J.Throstle says:

    Rumpelstiltskin is #1! The devious little rascal!

  23. Lourdes says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  24. shelly says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  25. Tammy says:

    The Emperor’s New Clothes

  26. Adrienne says:

    Hansel and Gretel.

  27. Heidi says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  28. Robert Carnegie says:

    Alice in Wonderland (Nightmareland)

  29. Adrian says:

    Blue Velvet!

  30. Ray Maddly says:

    3 Billy Goats Gruff.

  31. Stephanie says:

    I would have to say the beauty and the beast was my fave. So hard to choose though!

  32. Mary says:

    Favourite Fairy Tale was Beauty and the Beast!

  33. Sharan says:

    Snow white ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Teresa says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  35. Denise says:

    red riding hood

  36. Krishna says:


  37. Jack says:

    My favourite fairy tale is Beauty & The Beast!

  38. Steve v. says:

    Any of the dark, freaky pre-Disney ones as they were meant to do: scare the crap out of kids to keep them in line!

    The boy who cried wolf,…

  39. Connie wright says:

    Little red riding hood

  40. Jenny says:

    I love fairy tales – where do I start? I guess I will just choose one that I liked from the very beginning and its Beauty and the Beast.

  41. Kirsten says:

    Sleeping Beauty

  42. Tamara says:

    Jack and the Bean Stalk

  43. Rina says:

    According to my daughter, Cinderella because even though a dream is a wish your heart makes, it can still come true.

  44. James says:

    Does a nightmare before Christmas count? If not three little pigs!

  45. Koszima Mair says:

    Snow white

  46. Julie Prokop'eva says:

    snow white

  47. Keisha says:


  48. Kevin Bird says:

    Jack and the Bean Stalk

  49. von says:

    The Three Little Pigs

  50. Kevin Bird says:

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  51. Jessica says:

    Sleeping beauty. I named my daughter Aurora.

  52. Greg says:


  53. Sunshine G says:

    Beauty and the Beast.

  54. Gem says:


  55. tania says:

    Little red riding hood!

  56. rino says:

    Jack and the Bean Stalk

  57. mary says:


  58. David says:

    Rapunzel, =D

  59. Shirley says:

    Little Red Riding Hood

  60. Roselyn says:

    Sleeping Beauty

  61. belinda says:

    snow white and the 7 dwarfs

  62. Jeannelle says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  63. janice montroy says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  64. Nicole says:


  65. Gigi says:

    The Three Little Bears

  66. Mai says:

    Red Riding Hood!

  67. Nikki says:

    Hansel & Gretel

  68. Sheryl says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  69. Phoenix says:

    Sleeping Beauty

  70. Lucinda says:

    Beauty & the beast!

  71. Ingrid says:

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses

  72. Steve Brown says:

    Definitely Jack and the Bean stock

  73. Kathleen says:

    My favourite fairy tale is snow white, I love how the animals help her and she is part of the forest.

  74. Jason says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  75. John Pantazis says:

    “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

  76. Mary griffin says:

    Alice in wonderland..the original though, non of this cinema stuff :p but my daughters favorite is Cinderella!

  77. mario henriquez says:

    jack and the bean stalk for sure!

  78. Kathie B says:

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Hi-Ho…Yeah the Disney version)

  79. Matthew M says:

    another for jack and the bean stalk

  80. Heidi Fritsch says:

    Hansel and Gretel !!!

  81. Roberta Neilson says:

    Red Riding Hood, used to dress up as her as a child ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Joyce says:

    Sleeping Beauty, because I just loved the Disney movie so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. lisa says:

    jack and the beanstalk!

  84. Emily B says:


  85. Ben says:

    I got a kick out of ‘The Brown Bear of Green Glen’…it’s a Scottish fairy tale and has a good moral to but then again, don’t they all??

  86. katie borrett says:

    beauty and beast:)

  87. Siobhan S. says:

    Cinderella is my favourite.

  88. Sharon says:

    I love Sleeping Beauty

  89. Dana says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  90. Jonathan says:

    One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights)

  91. Maureen says:

    I prefer redone versions of fairy tales that don’t have as many stereotypes as the traditional tales. One redone children’s fairy tale book I like is The Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler.

  92. kinga says:

    A Scooby Doo Halloween

  93. […] has just the thing for folks in the Vancouver area, as she’s giving away some tickets to the Stanley Park Ghost Train. I visited this Halloween tradition a couple years ago when it was themed after Alice in […]

  94. Ashley M. says:

    My favorite fairy tale is Hansel and Gretel- it’s darkness is way understated and convoluted in modern stories.

  95. Cassie P says:

    I love Aladdin, always wish i could pull of dressing up as Jasmine for Halloween!

  96. Kerri says:

    Little red riding hood

  97. Bill says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  98. Emily H says:

    Three Little Pigs. It’s a classic!

  99. Winny says:

    My favorite would definitely be Little Red Riding Hood.

  100. Mariko Hosoi says:

    Hmm, one of my faves would be Toads and Diamonds.

  101. Dilara says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  102. DB says:

    East of the Sun and West of the Moon

  103. Vince says:

    My daughters have always loved this – it’s a tradition.

  104. Vince says:

    fav fairy tale – The Grinch who stole Christmas!

  105. Fav Fairytale is Jack and the Bean stock!! the best to read to my boys…fe fi fo fummm

  106. Clare says:

    Beauty and the Beast!

  107. Rebeka says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  108. Haley says:


  109. Alicia says:

    beauty and the beast!

  110. Karen says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  111. Tiffany says:


  112. Darcy says:


  113. Alice says:

    Being named Alice it is naturally ‘Alice in Wonderland’

  114. Cyndi says:


  115. Gary T says:

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  116. Jag says:

    Beauty and the Beast

  117. Bal says:

    The Three Little Pigs

  118. Kate says:

    Little Red Riding Hood
    I dressed as her for at least 3 Halloweens!

  119. Peter says:


  120. Zee says:

    snowwhite ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. Ruby says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  122. Cameron W. says:

    Does Alice in Wonderland count? Because that’s definitely my favourite.

  123. TY says:

    the boy who cried wolf!

  124. Brittany Roche says:

    alice in wonderland!

  125. Dennis L. says:

    Stone Soup

  126. Allison says:

    Has to be Cinderella!

  127. Sevie says:

    Puss in boots!

  128. Gary Chung says:

    Snow White

  129. Carmelle says:

    Classic Beauty and the Beast!

  130. Adrien says:

    Sleeping beauty

  131. Sigrid says:

    I liked the “scary” fairy tales like Bluebeard. I also like children’s stories from around the world like Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves. I also liked Der Struwwelpeter, which was quite terrifying, now that I reflect back on it as an adult.

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