Stanley Park Ghost Train 2012: Scary Fairy Tales

Comments 133 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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)
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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.

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133 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. BreanneFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 11:03am PDT

    Alice in Wonderland!

  2. tracyFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 11:08am PDT


  3. Ruth HartnupFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 12:00pm PDT

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff

  4. SaltSpring AirFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 12:18pm PDT

    Jack and the beanstalk.

  5. AlexFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 12:31pm PDT

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

  6. RachelFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 12:58pm PDT

    The Twelve Brothers!

  7. JamesFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 1:14pm PDT

    Little red riding hood!

  8. Emilia TurnerFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 1:17pm PDT

    Snow White

  9. chrissyFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT

    Little Mermaid!

  10. David D.Friday, September 21st, 2012 — 1:29pm PDT

    Alice in Wonderland!

  11. LauraFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 1:32pm PDT

    Rapunzel for sure! 🙂

  12. DonnaFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 2:21pm PDT

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  13. MrsFFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 6:31pm PDT

    Little Red Riding Hood

  14. IzFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 8:12pm PDT


  15. LorraineFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 9:25pm PDT

    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 MFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 10:54pm PDT

    Snow WHite

  17. Leanne MFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 10:54pm PDT

  18. ShelleyFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 11:28pm PDT

    Hansel and Gretel

  19. BarbaraFriday, September 21st, 2012 — 11:57pm PDT

    Beauty and the Beast

  20. CeceSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:15am PDT

    Snow white

  21. DaeSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:18am PDT

    Sleeping Beauty.

  22. Stephanie SSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:19am PDT

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

  23. L.J.ThrostleSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:26am PDT

    Rumpelstiltskin is #1! The devious little rascal!

  24. LourdesSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:26am PDT

    Beauty and the Beast!

  25. shellySaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:26am PDT

    Beauty and the Beast!

  26. TammySaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:35am PDT

    The Emperor’s New Clothes

  27. AdrienneSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:50am PDT

    Hansel and Gretel.

  28. HeidiSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 9:58am PDT

    Beauty and the Beast

  29. Robert CarnegieSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 10:40am PDT

    Alice in Wonderland (Nightmareland)

  30. AdrianSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 10:46am PDT

    Blue Velvet!

  31. Ray MaddlySaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 10:58am PDT

    3 Billy Goats Gruff.

  32. StephanieSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 11:30am PDT

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

  33. MarySaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 12:36pm PDT

    Favourite Fairy Tale was Beauty and the Beast!

  34. SharanSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 12:52pm PDT

    Snow white 🙂

  35. TeresaSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 2:54pm PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  36. DeniseSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 4:55pm PDT

    red riding hood

  37. KrishnaSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 5:56pm PDT


  38. JackSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 — 6:43pm PDT

    My favourite fairy tale is Beauty & The Beast!

  39. Steve v.Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 8:07am PDT

    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,…

  40. Connie wrightSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 9:21am PDT

    Little red riding hood

  41. JennySunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 10:40am PDT

    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.

  42. KirstenSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 11:25am PDT

    Sleeping Beauty

  43. TamaraSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    Jack and the Bean Stalk

  44. RinaSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:22pm PDT

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

  45. JamesSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:23pm PDT

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

  46. Koszima MairSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:51pm PDT

    Snow white

  47. Julie Prokop’evaSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:52pm PDT

    snow white

  48. KeishaSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:53pm PDT


  49. Kevin BirdSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:55pm PDT

    Jack and the Bean Stalk

  50. vonSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:55pm PDT

    The Three Little Pigs

  51. Kevin BirdSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 12:56pm PDT

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  52. JessicaSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 6:02pm PDT

    Sleeping beauty. I named my daughter Aurora.

  53. GregMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 9:23am PDT


  54. Sunshine GMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 10:40am PDT

    Beauty and the Beast.

  55. GemMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 11:23am PDT


  56. taniaMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 11:38am PDT

    Little red riding hood!

  57. rinoMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 11:39am PDT

    Jack and the Bean Stalk

  58. maryMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 11:51am PDT


  59. DavidMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 12:15pm PDT

    Rapunzel, =D

  60. ShirleyMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 12:38pm PDT

    Little Red Riding Hood

  61. RoselynMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 1:29pm PDT

    Sleeping Beauty

  62. belindaMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 2:34pm PDT

    snow white and the 7 dwarfs

  63. JeannelleMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 4:00pm PDT

    Beauty and the Beast!

  64. janice montroyMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 6:09pm PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  65. NicoleMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 6:31pm PDT


  66. GigiMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 8:12pm PDT

    The Three Little Bears

  67. MaiTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 1:40am PDT

    Red Riding Hood!

  68. NikkiTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 10:05am PDT

    Hansel & Gretel

  69. SherylTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 10:57am PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  70. PhoenixTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT

    Sleeping Beauty

  71. LucindaTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT

    Beauty & the beast!

  72. IngridTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses

  73. Steve BrownTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:14am PDT

    Definitely Jack and the Bean stock

  74. KathleenTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:15am PDT

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

  75. JasonTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:15am PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  76. John PantazisTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:19am PDT

    “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

  77. Mary griffinTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:20am PDT

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

  78. mario henriquezTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:27am PDT

    jack and the bean stalk for sure!

  79. Kathie BTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT

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

  80. Matthew MTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 11:42am PDT

    another for jack and the bean stalk

  81. Heidi FritschTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 12:01pm PDT

    Hansel and Gretel !!!

  82. Roberta NeilsonTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 12:25pm PDT

    Red Riding Hood, used to dress up as her as a child 🙂

  83. JoyceTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 12:57pm PDT

    Sleeping Beauty, because I just loved the Disney movie so much 🙂

  84. lisaTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 1:27pm PDT

    jack and the beanstalk!

  85. Emily BTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 2:31pm PDT


  86. BenTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 3:17pm PDT

    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??

  87. katie borrettTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 5:45pm PDT

    beauty and beast:)

  88. Siobhan S.Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 6:22pm PDT

    Cinderella is my favourite.

  89. SharonTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 6:34pm PDT

    I love Sleeping Beauty

  90. DanaTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 6:37pm PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  91. JonathanTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 6:39pm PDT

    One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights)

  92. MaureenTuesday, September 25th, 2012 — 10:11pm PDT

    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.

  93. kingaWednesday, September 26th, 2012 — 12:39am PDT

    A Scooby Doo Halloween

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  95. Ashley M.Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 — 10:55am PDT

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

  96. Cassie PWednesday, September 26th, 2012 — 11:49am PDT

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

  97. KerriWednesday, September 26th, 2012 — 12:53pm PDT

    Little red riding hood

  98. BillWednesday, September 26th, 2012 — 7:11pm PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  99. Emily HThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 7:37am PDT

    Three Little Pigs. It’s a classic!

  100. WinnyThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:01am PDT

    My favorite would definitely be Little Red Riding Hood.

  101. Mariko HosoiThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:45am PDT

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

  102. DilaraThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 1:38pm PDT

    Beauty and the Beast

  103. DBThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 1:56pm PDT

    East of the Sun and West of the Moon

  104. VinceThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 2:00pm PDT

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

  105. VinceThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 2:01pm PDT

    fav fairy tale – The Grinch who stole Christmas!

  106. Trista IsbisterThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT

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

  107. KThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 3:56pm PDT


  108. ClareThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 8:20pm PDT

    Beauty and the Beast!

  109. RebekaThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 8:25pm PDT

    Beauty and the Beast

  110. HaleyThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 8:27pm PDT


  111. AliciaThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 8:28pm PDT

    beauty and the beast!

  112. KarenThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 8:46pm PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  113. TiffanyThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 10:12pm PDT


  114. DarcyThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 10:18pm PDT


  115. AliceThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:16pm PDT

    Being named Alice it is naturally ‘Alice in Wonderland’

  116. CyndiThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:16pm PDT


  117. Gary TThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:17pm PDT

    Jack and the Beanstalk

  118. JagThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:18pm PDT

    Beauty and the Beast

  119. BalThursday, September 27th, 2012 — 11:24pm PDT

    The Three Little Pigs

  120. KateFriday, September 28th, 2012 — 7:04am PDT

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

  121. PeterFriday, September 28th, 2012 — 8:05am PDT


  122. ZeeFriday, September 28th, 2012 — 8:55am PDT

    snowwhite 🙂

  123. RubyFriday, September 28th, 2012 — 9:18am PDT

    Alice in Wonderland

  124. Cameron W.Friday, September 28th, 2012 — 11:02am PDT

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

  125. TYFriday, September 28th, 2012 — 11:03am PDT

    the boy who cried wolf!

  126. Brittany RocheFriday, September 28th, 2012 — 11:05pm PDT

    alice in wonderland!

  127. Dennis L.Saturday, September 29th, 2012 — 1:07am PDT

    Stone Soup

  128. AllisonSaturday, September 29th, 2012 — 8:44pm PDT

    Has to be Cinderella!

  129. SevieSunday, September 30th, 2012 — 6:54pm PDT

    Puss in boots!

  130. Gary ChungSunday, September 30th, 2012 — 10:02pm PDT

    Snow White

  131. CarmelleMonday, October 1st, 2012 — 12:35am PDT

    Classic Beauty and the Beast!

  132. AdrienMonday, October 1st, 2012 — 7:09pm PDT

    Sleeping beauty

  133. SigridThursday, October 4th, 2012 — 1:47pm PDT

    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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