The Bear Creek Park Train closed temporarily during the spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus. It reopened in August, and the Halloween-themed train is operating from October 10th until October 31st.
New COVID-19 safety measures include increased sanitation practices and social distancing. Masks are required as well.
Bear Creek Halloween Train Rides in October
Bear Creek Park in Surrey is home to a miniature train that typically operates from February until December each year.
During the month of October there are two different Halloween-themed rides for visitors to enjoy. Both rides share the same track, which takes approximately 10 minutes to get from start to finish. The Pumpkin Train is more for children as it is a family-friendly ride through a decorated forest. The Halloween Scream Train, on the other hand, is geared for folk over the age of 12 who want to be scared!
For more information regarding both trains, including hours of operation and admission costs, continue reading below.
Halloween Pumpkin Train
The Halloween Pumpkin Train is a family-friendly train ride suitable for all ages. It operates during daylight hours which allows passengers to enjoy the forest scenes and various Halloween decorations.
This version of the train winds through a forest and a tunnel. It also goes over a small bridge. There are no jump scares or overly-terrifying decorations to worry about, so even little kids can enjoy it!
Pumpkin Train Hours and Admission
In 2020, the Pumpkin Train is open every day from Saturday, October 10th, up to and including Halloween day, which is on Saturday, October 31st. Hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm each day. This includes weekends.
Admission costs $10 per person. This includes a ticket to ride the train, a treat, and a small pumpkin as well. Kids under the age of 2 ride for free.
Surrey Halloween Train Video
The following video footage was captured on the Halloween Pumpkin Train ride a few years ago. It’ll give you an idea of what to expect. The ride won’t be exactly the same this year, but it is likely similar.
(Note: To see a video about the Lower Mainland’s other main miniature train venue and what it does most years in October, see our article about the Stanley Park Train at Halloween and scroll part way down the page. As you’ll see, the two events are quite different.)
Halloween Scream Train
The Halloween Scream Train at Bear Creek Park is intended for folk aged 12 years and older. The ride is approximately 10 minutes long and it follows the same track as the Pumpkin Train. The Scream Train operates during dark hours and the ride is designed to “make you scream”!
In 2020, the Scream Train passes through the haunted forest which is made to look scarier and more gruesome than it is during the day. Live actors are also on site and ready to scare passengers!
Due to COVID-19, actors won’t get too close to guests this year. Nevertheless, the experience should still be scary, especially considering that it happens at night and that at least one chainsaw will apparently be used!
To give you an idea of what to expect, see the above video of the Pumpkin Express. The Scream Train is similar, but at night, in the dark and with live actors.
Scream Train Hours and Admission
The Halloween Scream Train in 2020 opens on October 16th and runs until October 31st. It is open from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm every day of the week.
Tickets to ride the Scream Train cost $13 per person and are booked online in 1-hour time slots. Note that tickets are non-refundable this year.
Where is Bear Creek Park?
Bear Creek Park is located at 13750 88th Avenue in Surrey. If driving from Vancouver, get on the BC-99 South Highway and take exit 8 for Nordel Way. Continue on Nordel Way which turns into 88th Avenue. The park will be on your right side immediately after King George Boulevard.
Some of Bear Creek Park’s other amenities include an 18-hole miniature golf course, an outdoor swimming pool, a large playground, a running track and a few nature trails. In autumn the gardens are especially beautiful with all the fall colours.
The entrance to the park is on the same block as the Surrey Art Gallery and Arts Centre (which can also be interesting to visit).
For additional information regarding the Halloween-themed event at the Surrey park, visit the Bear Creek Trains website.
Other articles that may be of interest include:
- Vancouver Halloween Events
- Halloween Activities for Children
- Halloween Activities for Adults
- Miniature Train at Stanley Park
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Lower Mainland Parks and Nature