Are you looking for a fun, family-friendly, not-so-spooky Halloween event to attend with your family? The Stanley Park Ghost Train just may be the place you’re looking for.
We had the pleasure of attending the other night with my husband, two daughters, and one of my daughter’s friends. We hopped in line at the train first to avoid a wait, and before we knew it, we were boarding. My youngest daughter was feeling a bit nervous, but once the train ride began she loosened up.
There were some lively dancers, and performances, which made the train ride feel less spooky and more like a show!
This years ghost train theme: Day Of The Dead.
The kids thoroughly enjoyed the ride and asked if we could go again! Instead of riding the train one more time we decided to check out some of the other fun attractions the ghost train had to offer.
But first, the girls wanted to grab some delicious, warm hot chocololate.
And…they couldn’t resist the churros!
As the girls sipped their hot chocolate and munched on their churros, we walked through the Spooky Barn.
The Spooky Barn is filled with Halloween displays and a large room to bust a move! The girls had a riot, breaking down to the Ghostbusters song!
The Ghost Train also offers a face painting station, arts and craft stations, a creatures of the night station ( courtesy of the Stanley Park ecology Society, a movie area, a maze, live performances from a mariachi band on Friday and Saturday nights, a mini pumpkin patch ( you can take a pumpkin home for $5), and more!
Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for The Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
In addition to all this spooky fun, there will be a costume contest with prizes on October 25th.
Charley was so happy with her face paint, she wouldn’t let me wash it off when we got home!
I’m giving away tickets for you and your family to enjoy the Stanley Park Day Of The Dead Ghost Train.
Like my facebook blog page, and comment on this post on the facebook wall with the last Halloween costume you wore!
Tickets for the train valid from October 21-31.
The winner will be announced on the facebook page on Monday, October 17th.
Best of luck!
DIY Papel Picado Garlands
These beautiful Papel Picado garlands are displayed in the Ghost Train event area. I love the way they look!
Below are some instructions from Stanley Park Ghost Train, on how to DIY at home.
Garlands of papel picado are popular decorations for Dia des Muertos, the Latin American holiday celebrating the souls of loved ones lost. The process of making papel picado is similar to making paper snowflakes for the winter holidays.
Materials: Coloured paper of your choosing: tissue paper, crepe paper, construction paper, etc. Papel
Coloured paper of your choosing: tissue paper, crepe paper, construction paper, etc. Papel picado template (or make your own!) Scissors or X-acto knife Masking tape String
1. Cut your pieces of paper to be the same size as the printed papel picado template.
2. Stack your pieces of coloured paper and place the template on top then fold them in half, like a book. Tip: To keep the coloured papers in place, you can use masking tape along the edge of the book.
3. Keeping the papers folded, carefully cut out the shapes printed on the papel picado template.
4. When you have finished cutting, gently remove the masking tape so as not to rip the coloured paper.
5. Repeat this process until you have created the desired number of papel picados for your garland.
6. Lay your papel picados out in a long line, spaced out by approximately 2-3 cm, and make a slight fold along the top of each paper.
7. Cut a piece of string long enough for your garland, including approximately 30 cm on each end by which you can hang your decoration.
8. Place the string within the fold at the top of the papel picados and secure it with masking tape.
Ghost Train Hours of Operation and Fees
Monday to Thursday: 5:30pm to 9:30pm Friday to Sunday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm Matinees – Friday to Sunday: 11am-5:00pm
Night Train Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience following our “Day of the Dead” theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.
Matinee Train: Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. There are no live performers during matinee train rides.
Tickets Buy online at www.ghosttrain.ca or by phone (604-252-3700) with TicketLeader.
Visit the Ghost Train during opening weekend for a special price: all ages tickets are only $6! Or, avoid the crowds and come Monday to Thursday during the first two weeks.
Is the time slot you want sold out online? A portion of tickets for each night are reserved for on-site purchase, so even if online tickets are sold out for that day, there will still be tickets for sale on-site.
However, since this event is so popular, tickets for the day can sell out quickly. Come early! On-site ticket sales start at 3:00pm (11:00am for matinee trains, Friday to Sunday).
On-site ticket sales start at 3:00pm (11:00am for matinee trains, Friday to Sunday). You can buy same day tickets only. Adult (19 – 64 years) $11.00 + GST Senior (65+ years) $8.00 + GST Youth (13 – 18 years) $8.00 + GST Child (3 – 12 years) $7.00 + GST Children (2 years and under) Free Matinee train $6.00 + GST Spooky Barn $2.00 + GST
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