Stanley Park Halloween Train with Mother Goose

I’ve enjoyed The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train in past years, but there was something special this year. Maybe it was the teeming rain. Seriously, it was teeming rain and we were in the middle of an urban rain forest. Strangely the dark woods seemed to protect us, even though we were going to see something scary.

Perhaps the side effect of the rain was a smaller crowd. About 15 of us convened and there simply wasn’t a crowd. It was 6 PM, which is prime family time. Most 6-year-olds are mush by 8 PM. Doing something scary after 8 PM is what parents call A Bad Idea.

This year’s theme was Mother Goose’s Ghastly Garden. The traditional nursery rhymes provided a lot of material for the set designers. Little Miss Muffet’s spiders, for example, were Harry Potter-sized. The old lady in the shoe had some rather distressed and ghoulish children. Make sure to watch out of the Grim Reaper who you thought for a moment was a part of the set … until the head moved.

Suitable screams came from our train as the actors would chase the train.

The wet weather allowed us to wonder if the fake fog from the sets were mixed with actual mist the wonderful environment of Stanley Park had to offer.

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Also don’t miss the Spooky Barn, Pumpkin patch, Pumpkin carving, Costume contest and the Creatures of the night ecological exhibit.

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