The Stanley Park Ghost Train is a favourite family-friendly activity in Vancouver that features skeletons, monsters and ghoulish Halloween scenes.
It’s a bit scary, but nothing compared to many of Vancouver’s more frightening hard-core Halloween venues, including several that aren’t recommended for children at all.
Ghost Train at Stanley Park
If you’re looking for a good haunted attraction for children in October, the Stanley Park Ghost Train is a great place to take them. Trips last about 15 minutes and include spooky music and not overly gory Halloween-ish scenes to look at.
Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train has a slightly different theme. In 2015 it was about monsters and featured characters like Frankenstein and Dracula. In 2016 the attraction had a Mexican “Day of the Dead” (or Día de los Muertos) theme. And in 2017 there’s an “Alien Invasion” twist, so expect creatures and scenes from outer space.
For information about train rides at other times of the year, click Stanley Park Miniature Railway.
Ghost Train Halloween Schedule
In 2017 the attraction runs daily from October 13 to 31.
Matinee Trains for Little People
Matinee train rides in 2017 take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm and cost $6 for everyone over 2 years of age.
The daytime train rides are similar to the attraction’s trips at night, but slightly cheaper and without the darkness, ghoulish lighting and live actors which make the night time version scarier.
Being a little tamer, in daylight and not just before bedtime, the matinee railway excursions are a good way to expose little people to the spookiness of Halloween – most kids really enjoy it, although not the most highly timid.
Halloween Ghost Train
At night time the Stanley Park Ghost Train becomes a fair bit spookier, but still ranks as one of the Lower Mainland’s most family-friendly haunted places. Train rides run between 5:30 and 9:30 pm Monday to Thursday and from 5:30 to 10:00 pm Friday to Sunday.
The Ghost Train experience at night includes live performers and spooky lighting, which makes it appropriate for slightly older children. Night time travel costs $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and youth (ages 13-18) and $8 for children (ages 3-12).
For more information on the Ghost Train, check out the Stanley Park Miniature Train website.
Directions to the Train
The Ghost Train takes place in Stanley Park just off Pipeline Road, which cuts through the centre of the park east of the Stanley Park Causeway (which connects Vancouver’s Georgia Street with the Lions Gate Bridge). If using GPS and needing a physical address, type in 690 Pipeline Road and it’ll get you pretty close.
Coming from Vancouver along Georgia Street, keep right and take the entrance into Stanley Park. At the roundabout, take the second exit and go straight along Pipeline Road. The closest parking lot for the Stanley Park miniature train is just a little ways up on your right.
TIP #1: Parking is free in the parking lot off Pipeline Road right outside the Ghost Train venue during the miniature train’s operating hours in October. At other times and elsewhere in Stanley Park, parking in the low season costs about $2.50 per hour or $7.00 for the day.
TIP #2: Tickets for the Ghost Train can sometimes sell out, especially for night time trips on evenings when it’s not raining. To avoid disappointment, buying tickets in advance either by phone or online can be a good idea. Click Ghost Train Tickets and scroll down for further information under the “Tickets” tab.
TIP #3: If you take the later and more expensive night time Ghost Train, go when it’s dark (unless you’re with timid little people). The lighting then better suits the experience.
If you like child-friendly Halloween train rides there is also the Halloween Pumpkin Express and Haunted Forest Scream Train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from around the second week in October until the 31st. Click Surrey Miniature Railway for details.
Another best place for children of all ages is Burnaby’s Haunted Village which takes place for a few days at the end of October. There, instead of a train, you’ll find an old-fashioned carousel.
For details about train rides at other times of the year, click Stanley Park Miniature Railway.
For other ideas on things to do in October, check out the following:
- Vancouver Children’s Halloween Activities
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Halloween Haunted Houses (not for young children)
- Vancouver October Calendar