BLOWING ROCK — It is the spookiest time of the year again at Tweetsie Railroad! The Ghost Train® will return on Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 22 to Oct. 28, transforming North Carolina’s first theme park into a delightfully frightful destination. Each year, visitors travel from all over the Southeast to enjoy this family-friendly Halloween celebration and take in the gorgeous fall leaves in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Each night at 7:30 p.m. Tweetsie Railroad will transform into a haunted park complete with Halloween thrills and chills for everyone. Daytime park visitors can still enjoy all of Tweetsie Railroad’s Wild West adventures, rides, shows and attractions; but when darkness sets in, the ghouls will come out to play and unexpected surprises will wait around every corner. The highlight of each evening is a ride on Tweetsie Railroad’s star Halloween attraction, the spooky Ghost Train, which departs into the dark night every 30 minutes. The theme for this year’s Ghost Train is Escape from Area 12.
To ensure guests can make the most out of their Ghost Train ride, tickets are sold in advance for a designated night with a scheduled train ride time. A limited number of guests will be admitted each evening, so visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid missing out on all of the spooky fun.
Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train is a beloved Halloween tradition for guests from near and far, offering family-friendly frights and haunting entertainment for visitors of all ages. In fact, the Southeast Tourism Society named Ghost Train one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast because it offers scary and safe fun for everyone.
While at Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train, ride behind the haunted steam locomotive on a chilling journey into the night with engineer Casey Bones or cautiously stroll through the Freaky Forest to meet scary surprises along a wooded path. Enter the spine-chilling Haunted House, where 13 spooky rooms summon. Find your way out of the 3-D Maze, the disorienting Black Hole, and a mystifying Warp Tunnel when you visit The Boneyard, or venture onto the Creepy Carnival rides for a ghostly thrill. You can even catch the spooktacular black light musical shows at the Tweetsie Palace. Kids will enjoy trick-or-treating, and guests of all ages can mingle with the park’s characters in the Main Street Halloween party.
Fun Facts about Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train:
- It takes six months to prepare the park for the Ghost Train each year
- Each evening, the park transforms from a Wild West theme to a Halloween theme in 90 minutes, with a completely different set of characters and shows and the Ghost Train locomotive taking the place of the No. 12 locomotive
- Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train began in 1990 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014
On the dates Ghost Train is taking place, Tweetsie Railroad’s traditional Wild West theme park will be open during the day with normal hours and regular admission prices. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly attractions like the Wild West train ride, the Country Fair amusement rides and games, Miner’s Mountain gem mining and gold panning, and of course the shops and shows on Main Street.