An annual Halloween tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland, The Stanley Park Ghost Train Plaza is transformed into a crash site where special agents investigate what appears to be an enormous spaceship. Guests journey into unrestricted zones and ride the popular train to unravel the mystery of an unexplained abduction by the park’s extraterrestrial visitors.
Halloween can be a cookie cutter re-boot of commercialized pop culture characters for the kids and for adults, a reason to wear heavily stereotyped next-to-nothing outfits and get wasted. This year, The Vancouver Parks Board offers an entirely new and refreshing take on putting the “Aaaah!” in Halloween. Aliens. Not the terrifying burst-from-your-belly kind, but the playfully spooky x-files googly eyed humanoid aliens that have crash landed smack dab in the center of the fun-tastic Stanley Park miniature train track. We took our little ones for a journey through the Mortal Coil Performance Society’s engaging and beautiful outdoor performance art experience, and only once did we heard our four year old say he was just a little bit scared.
If train rides aren’t your jam, there is a pumpkin patch, maze, face-painting and a live band playing the hits, surrounded by kiosks offering tricks and treats for the whole family.
“The Park Board is excited to welcome families and friends of all ages to come out to celebrate this fantastic Halloween event for the 18th year. We could not put on Ghost Train without the support of our community partners, who help make each year’s new and exciting theme come to life for all park visitors to enjoy.” – Michael Wiebe, Vancouver Park Board Chair.
The Stanley Park Ghost Train runs Friday, October 13 until Tuesday, October 31. Hours are 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm from Monday to Thursday, and 5:30 pm to 10:00pm from Friday to Sunday, with matinee hours on Friday to Sunday from 11 amto 5 pm.
Advance tickets are available at here or by calling at 604-252-3700.
The Railway reserves a portion of tickets daily to sell on-site in the ticket booth starting at 3 pm from Monday to Thursday, and 11 am from Friday to Sunday. New this year, a limited quantity of advance tickets will also be available for purchase at the ticket booth.
Guests are encouraged to give generously by bringing a non-perishable food item
for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Event information is available here.