Cost of admission is blood

It’s a slogan to die for: “Pay for your ticket with blood!”

It’s a slogan to die for: “Pay for your ticket with blood!”

Chris Gale, manager of the BC Forest Discovery Centre, laughed last week when he talked about the special promotion.

“We came up with the saying: Halloween Train: ‘Pay for your ticket with blood’. We had to get the idea vetted through the legal department of Canadian Blood Services first, but, it’s so great. I hope it goes viral.”

It’s a simple concept.

Anyone who gives blood at a blood donor clinic in Mill Bay, Duncan or Nanaimo will get one ticket for a free ride on FDC’s Halloween train.

“You can actually pay for your ticket in blood. We came up with that idea,” he said.

And it’s not that they have to push the idea of the Halloween Train that hard. It’s already a big draw for the Forest Discovery Centre but it was too good an opportunity to miss.

“It raises the profile of both of us and that’s always great,” he said.

Want to visit a blood donor clinic and earn your individual ticket?

They’re scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 8 from 2-7 p.m. at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan; on Monday, Oct. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Mill Bay Community League Hall at 1001 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd. and, finally, in Nanaimo on Oct. 20-22 from noon to 7 p.m. at Beban Park Social Centre on Bowen Road. You can book your appointment at or by calling 1-888-236-6283.

In addition, at these events, you can also enter to win a one night family pass to the Halloween Train. No donation is required to enter the draw.