Halloween Train adds extra runs for even more fun this year

The Forest Discovery Centre’s Halloween Train is expanding its schedule this year to run Oct. 24-30.

And you’ll be able to buy advance tickets, too.

According to manager Chris Gale, “The Halloween Train has become so popular that we have had to expand to seven nights this year of thrills, chills and fun madness to accommodate all the visitors that arrive from far and wide to our community.”

Centre volunteers and staff are already getting ready behind the scenes.

“In addition to putting out haunted displays from previous years, we always add new displays and activities and we’re thrilled that we have some exciting additions to this year’s spooky event,” he said. So even if you think they couldn’t make it better than last year they always do.

Starting at 4 p.m., with the early runs best suited to the smaller children, the fun continues through the evening with final runs leaving the station at 8:30 p.m. Performing actors will be wandering throughout the park and adding to the spookiness by making the haunted areas come alive.

Andy McCormick and Shelley Vaags will also be performing, getting both kids and parents both singing along to some Halloween songs.

Onsite activities each evening include crafts in the schoolhouse, train rides, and trick or treat stations for the little ones.

There will be lots of hot chocolate, coffee and hot food available to purchase so you can even sit back, watch the fun and enjoy the fire pits.

Even in the rain, many events and displays are indoors and the train itself has a roof.

A complimentary shuttle will be offered by Bow Mel again this year for those parking in the Rona parking lot, located across the Trans-Canada Highway at the Cowichan Commons Mall.

Gale also announced the latest feature: “advance ticket sales both speed up the admission line each night and offer a savings to families attending.”

Advance tickets are available only in Duncan and at two locations: the Customer Service counter at Save On Foods, and at the Cowichan Visitors Info Centre located in Forest Discovery Centre parking lot.

For speedy entry on train nights, advance buyers and Discovery Centre season pass holders will have their own entry line. So, dress up and celebrate with a visit to the BC Forest Discovery Centre.

Shoulder season admission rates apply: adults $12, seniors/youth $10, children (3-12) $8, under two years admitted free, or use your BCFDC membership.

In advance, family passes (two adults and two children) are $35, with adults dropping to $10.