Stanley Park Ghost Train

Ghost Train in Stanley Park

Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes our riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, inspired by Hallowe'en and other spooky tales. This family event is open to all age and offers a fright free glimpse of the whimsical world of ghosts and ghouls. Plaza activities include the Haunted Maze, arts and crafts, exhibits by the Stanley Park Ecological Society, and our pumpkin match. Share your favourite moments on social media with #GhostTrainYVR!

Note Weather notice: The train runs rains or shine, so dress warmly. The train may close during stormy weather. Check our opening hours by phoning our information line at 604-257-8531 and press 2. Tickets will be refunded only if there is an official closure.

2016 Ghost Train: Day of the Dead

Prepare to the thrilled and chilled by La Llorona, La Catrina and other mischievous souls celebrating the Day of the Dead, a seasonal holiday with origins in Mexico that is now enjoyed worldwide. Gather with friends and family to honour the returning spirits of our loved ones as we explore this delightful festival of life.

Be serenaded by a mariachi band, ride the train through the illuminated tunnel of flames to meet the Aztec Lord, and join us in a supernatural graveyard where friendly souls return to dance.

Spooky Barn

Escape the weather and have a spooky-good time for just $2 plus GST per person. The third annual Spooky Barn is open throughout all operating hours. This charming indoor experience provides families with an escape from the roaming spirits, as well as the elements! Explore the peek-a-boo art installations portraying the Seven Stages of Man from William Shakespeare's famous As You Like It. Once you have completed your journey through the Seven Stages, celebrate to the sounds of mariachi music on the dance floor.

Note There are no frightening live-action elements involved in this indoor exhibit.

Opening hours

The Ghost Train is open October 8 to 31, 2016. We will be closed October 10 for Thanksgiving Day.

Live theatrical performance train

  • Monday to Thursday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Friday to Sunday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Matinee train

  • Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm (last train at 5:00pm)

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and view our thematic displays. Ticket sales for the matinee train end at 5:00pm.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14 minute experience following our “Day of the Dead” theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.

Spooky Barn

The third annual Spooky Barn is open all operating hours. Enjoy this fun, indoor, haunted addition to our family friendly event. 

Escape from the weather and have a Spooky good time for just $2 per person. Spooky Barn will be available for both matinee and evening show times.

Tickets

You must buy a ticket to ride the train and for admission to the Spooky Barn. Your ticket is valid for one Ghost Train ride and other attractions in the plaza.

Tickets for the Spooky Barn sold separately.

Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks

How to buy tickets

Buy advance tickets early to avoid sold out rides.

Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Tickets are good for one train ride during the time slot shown on the ticket, and for one entry to the Train Plaza attractions.

 Tickets are only good for the date and time shown on the ticket, and are non-refundable.

Buy advanced tickets online or by phone

Popular dates sell out in advance – buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

 Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

Buy tickets online 

Or phone 604-252-3700.

Buy same-day tickets in person

Is the time slot you want sold out online? A portion of tickets for each night are reserved for on-site purchase, so even if online tickets are sold out for that day, there will still be tickets for sale on-site. However, since this event is so popular, tickets for the day can sell out quickly. Come early!

On-site ticket sales start at 3:00pm from Monday to Thursday and 11:00am from Friday to Sunday. You can buy same-day tickets only.

Matinee ticket sales cut off at 5:00pm, Friday to Sunday.

Ticket prices (taxes extra)

Opening weekend special - October 8 and 9

All-ages tickets for matinee and evening trains are only $6.00 + GST!

 Live performers are only part of the evening train experience.

Regular prices

Age group  Price 
Adult (19 - 64 years)  $11.00 + GST
Senior (65+ years)  $8.00 + GST
Youth (13 - 18 years) $8.00 + GST
Child (3 - 12 years) $7.00 + GST
Child (2 years and under)  Free
Matinee train (all ages) $6.00 + GST
Spooky Barn $2.00 + GST

Exceptions

Leisure Access Passholders can buy tickets on-site for all trains except for evening trains(5:30pm to close) October 8-9, 21-23 and 26-31. The Leisure Access Pass is not valid for any Spooky Barn tickets.

Group bookings

Would you like to bring a larger group to the Stanley Park Ghost Train? Make an advanced reservation when online tickets sales begin on August 3, 2016. Group tickets aren't sold in person at the Train Plaza.

For corporate groups of 26 and more call 604-252-3663 or email groupsales@pne.ca

Group bookings are available on limited dates only, and must be confirmed five days before arriving.

Getting here

Ghost Train is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.

Get directions on Google Maps 

Free parking

The Ghost Train has on-site and overflow parking lots. All parking is free.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots.

Ride the train

Several trains depart during each half-hour time slot.

Line up at the start of your time slot for shorter waits.

For example, if your time slot is 7:00pm to 7:30pm, arrive at 7:00pm and join the line for your time slot. You'll board a train by 7:30pm. All aboard!

Note Ghost Train is a family-friendly event and we suggest parental guidance for children. For a less scary experience, try our matinee train.

Accessibility

Accessibility parking spots are located near the main gate to the Train Plaza.

The entire site is wheelchair accessible.

The train has a specially designed carriage for two people in wheelchairs and their companions.

Staff can help passengers board the train, if needed.

Dogs at the Stanley Park Train

Dogs of any size are not permitted on the train out of consideration for our visitors with allergies or who are fearful of dogs. Certified service animals are permitted.

Creatures of the Night

Learn about the night creatures of Stanley Park with hands on activities by Stanley Park Ecology Society.

Find out more about Creatures of the Night

Please help our partner charities

When you visit Ghost Train, please give generously to our partner charity, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society .

Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank. Thank you.

Snacks

Snacks, hot and cold drinks, and light meals are for sale at the Railway Café concession stand. Hot buttered popcorn is offered at the Stanley Park Ecology Society's Cob House in the plaza.

Dinner packages

For more substantial meals, try our Old Spaghetti Factory dinner packages sold on TicketLeader. When you buy train tickets, add a dinner package to your order after choosing your train ride time slot.

Once you complete your order, contact the Old Spaghetti Factory to make your dinner reservations in advanceExternal website

Contact us about event information and daily ticket availability

604-257-8531

stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca

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