Halloween Train getting ready to pull into station

This year, the wildly popular excursion at the BC Forest Discovery Centre is expanding to eight full nights of thrills, chills and fun

All aboard the Halloween Train!

This year, the wildly popular excursion at the BC Forest Discovery Centre is expanding to eight full nights of thrills, chills and fun starting Friday, Oct. 23 and continuing to Friday, Oct. 30.

The Centre is closed right now, as staff and volunteers get ready for what they expect to be the best Halloween train ever, decorating the site and lining up the surprises, often featuring live actors, that make this event so special.

The activities offered each evening include crafts in the schoolhouse, trick or treat stations and live entertainment.

There’s hot chocolate, coffee and hot food as well as outdoor fire pits to warm you up after spending time outdoors.

What is really fun is adding to the colour of the occasion by coming in costume yourself. And remember, all the train cars are covered so you can really enjoy your ride, rain or shine.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and trains run every half hour until 8:30 p.m.

Buy tickets at the door for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $10 for youth and $8 for children. Little ones under three are admitted free of charge.

This year advance tickets can be purchased at the Cowichan Visitors Centre or at Duncan’s Save-on Foods’ customer service desk. These tickets are priced at $10 per person for adults/seniors or $8 for children.

Why not buy your tickets in advance, bypass the lineup when you get there, and go straight to the fun?

One note to remember for parents with younger children: although the event is family friendly, parts of it can sometimes be a little scary, so it might be worthwhile to come before the sun sets if you’re bringing a sensitive child.