The Playground: Ghost Train at Stanley Park


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October is here which means Halloween is just around the corner.  Halloween festivities are well underway in Vancouver and this week we had our first grisly and ghoulish family outing to the Ghost Train at Stanley Park.  Put on once again but the very creative folks at Mortal Coil, this year’s theme is Scary Fairy Tales.  Make sure you put the Ghost Train on your list of things to do this Hallloween – it’s the perfect mix of terror, humour and fun.


It’s always such a treat to ride the miniature train at night.  The dark forest is eerie on its own and the folks at Mortal Coil definitely use it to its full spooky potential.  The ride takes you along various vignettes of classic fairy tales with a haunted and gruesome twist.


The Ghost Train is appropriate for all ages – our three year old was pretty scared but not scarred.  I actually enjoy how it doesn’t make it so kid friendly and have it be a bore for older kids and adults.

There is more than just the train.  Be sure to take advantage of the face painting, games, crafts, haunted maze and chestnuts while you are there.  The Stanley Park Ecology Centre are also hosting their Creatures of the Night nature walks.

The Ghost Train is open nightly from 6pm til 10pm (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays).  Tickets are sold in half hour increments and you can purchase them there or online.  To beat the crowds, it is recommended that you go early on a weeknight.  The train is covered so don’t let the rain keep you away! Check out the CoV website for more info.