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.
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)
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.