Flying witches and singing pumpkins are only a few of the things you will see and hear at New Hope Valley Railway’s Track or Treat Halloween Express train ride event. Located 30 minutes from Raleigh, NHVR’s Halloween trains will run three Saturdays in October – the 14, 21 & 28.

Track or Treat Halloween Express transports passengers on a spooky, kid-friendly ride. The train’s engineer is dressed as a skeleton and interactive Halloween scenes are set up along the train tracks, including flying witches, large pumpkin faces, Boo and Ghoul Scouts, aliens with laser lights and an updated scene that includes a haunted house and life-like bats and ravens.

Before or after the train ride, there is lots to see and do in the rail yard, including songs by the popular singing pumpkins; a Count Cluckula kids’ game with prizes; a stand-alone caboose featuring a gallery of creepy artwork and Dr. CO2, who creates magical boo bubbles.

The event is family-friendly, but earlier departure times during daylight are recommended for younger children. Each day has five train departure times at 2:45, 4:00, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

Bruster’s Real Ice cream of Apex will be selling cold treats and Chef’s House will have a catered kid-friendly menu. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price.

It’s the only Halloween event in the Triangle that includes a ride on a real train, and children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

See ticket fares and to purchase tickets here.