Family-friendly Halloween event features train rides, children’s activities and food

(Bonsal, N.C., Sept. 27, 2018)For more than 20 years, New Hope Valley Railway’s (NHVR) Track or Treat: Halloween Express has transported passengers on a spooky, kid-friendly train ride.

NHVR’s Halloween Express takes place on Saturdays Oct. 13, 20 and 27 with five train departure times at 2:45, 4:00, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

New this year, is NHVR’s Mummy Mayhem, a game where passengers search for 13 mummies hidden along the train tracks, and in the rail yard and museum. During the ride, visitors will see the new flying monkeys Halloween scene, and some favorite scenes and decorations from past years, including the flying witches, large pumpkin faces, smoking cauldrons, and Count Dracula, the gravedigger and the headless brakeman.

Singing pumpkins in NHVR’s rail yard.

Before or after the train ride, there’s lots to see and do in the rail yard, including songs by the popular singing pumpkins, photo opportunities, a gallery of creepy artwork in the North Carolina Railway Museum’s stationary caboose, Dr. CO2’s magical boo bubbles and the Count Cluckula kids’ game with prizes.

“Our annual Track or Treat: Halloween Express is a fun event that all ages can enjoy,” said Shannon Curtin, who has coordinated the event at NHVR for more than 10 years. “Children and adults are encouraged to ride the train in their costumes, which makes for great family memories and photo opportunities.”

The event is family-friendly, but earlier departure times during daylight are recommended for younger children. All tickets cost $15 per person and children under two years old are free when sitting in the lap of an adult ticketholder.

NHVR’s food vendor will have a kid-friendly menu with a special Halloween-themed kid’s drink. Food and drinks are not included in the train ticket price.

NHVR’s Halloween Express is the only event in the Triangle that includes a ride on a real train. Its rail yard is located 30 minutes from Raleigh off of Old U.S. 1 South on the Wake-Chatham county line. Visit to see ticket fares and purchase tickets. These rides can sell out.

The remaining 2018 ride events at the rail yard include Slow Down Sunday on November 11, a weekday ride on November 14 and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express on December 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15.

About the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train, straddles the historic towns of Bonsal and New Hill, North Carolina, 30-minutes southwest of Raleigh, off of U.S. Highway 1, Exit 89. A real train takes passengers on one-hour scenic rides through the woods in covered, open-air train cars. The organization was chartered in 1983 as the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and soon began its all-volunteer operated public train ride days. Also available are opportunities to operate a locomotive, host a birthday party in an historic caboose, and visit the North Carolina Railway Museum, Garden Railroad (G Scale) and gift shop.

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