This spooky train ride will take you into the world of ‘Alice in Nightmareland’ (PHOTOS)


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Ghost Train in Stanley Park/Facebook

All aboard the legendary Stanley Park Ghost Train for another spooky ride into a land of thrilling imagination.

Inspired by Halloween and spooky tales, the Ghost Train’s theme this year is called ‘Alice in Nightmareland,’ and it runs from Oct. 11-31 in beautiful Stanley Park.

Riffing on the beloved Lewis Carroll tale, for this year’s spooktacular event it’s an older Alice who has fallen down the rabbit hole and ends up wandering through a graveyard on Halloween night.

Riders can follow Alice and the Not-So-White Rabbit through an endless series of stone doors and enter into a gothic nightmare world of tombs and tombstones, crypts, and catacombs.

For the brave big kids and grown-ups, evening rides feature live performers and plenty of scary thrills, while the matinee train promises a “fright-free experience” for the littles. Plus, in the plaza and farmyard you’ll find crafts and movies, a pumpkin patch, food vendors, and exhibits by the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

Tickets are available online, with select days featuring money-saving options. Trains run rain or shine, and parking on-site is free.

Check out some images of a daytime matinee ride (with no live actors) on this year’s Ghost Train:

Waiting to board the Stanley Park Miniature Train. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome
Is that Alice? Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome
A spooky tea party. Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome
Heading into the tunnel, which will plunge the train into darkness. Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome
Checking out what’s haunting the lake. Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Stanley Park Ghost Train: Alice in Nightmareland

When: Oct. 11-31, 2019. Matinee Train Fri-Sun. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Night train Mon.-Thu. 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sun. 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Train – Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
Cost: $6.30-12.60; purchase online

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom