Oct. 25, 2013. For a family-friendly, yet frighteningly good time, experience Tweetsie Railroad’s 24th annual Ghost Trail Halloween Festival. The High Country’s most popular Halloween celebration begins Sept. 27 and continues every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 2. Guests of all ages will enjoy spooktacular family fun at the park, and brave Ghost Train riders will experience frights and delights around every corner as the train howls its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for what has been named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Due to the popularity of this annual event, a limited number of tickets are available for each evening. Many nights often sell out, so ordering advance tickets online is strongly recommended. Admission is $28 for adults and children, while kids ages 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at Tweetsie.com.
Daytime visitors can still enjoy all of Tweetsie’s Wild West adventures, rides and attractions; but when the sun goes down, a hoarde of fun and creepy Halloween characters emerge. Ghost Train riders will travel back in time to the Great Train Wreck of 1913, reliving the history and terror that came with a trip down Tweetsie’s tracks a century ago. Guests will experience chills and thrills as ghosts and spirits from the old railways pursue the Ghost Train’s passengers around every bend.
Visit The Boneyard and venture into the 3-D Maze and disorienting Black Hole. Enjoy a spooky stroll through the Freaky Forest and encounter scream-worthy surprises along a dark and desolate woodland pathway of terror. Brave visitors can also tour the spine-chilling Haunted House and discover 13 spooky rooms that will startle and challenge the imagination.
While some attractions are recommended for adults and older children, there are plenty of shows and activities for Tweetsie’s youngest guests, too. Children will enjoy traditional trick-or-treating throughout the park, and visitors of all ages will be enchanted by the exciting black light show at The Haunted Palace Saloon. Families can take a spin on a variety of amusement rides at the Creepy Carnival or boogie down at the Tweetsie Main Street celebration where The Spice Ghouls and emcee Darkus Knight will keep your toes tapping. The Ghost Train Halloween Festival is safe, scary fun for all ages.
Tweetsie Railroad is Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 19 through Nov. 3. The 2013 season ends Sunday, Nov. 3. The park’s Wild West themed hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Ghost Train Halloween Festival runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. October is particularly busy in the High Country as the fall foliage is at peak color, so make your lodging reservation early.