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FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS: Ghost Train Halloween Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will return Friday and Saturday nights from September 23 through October 29, 2016, just in time for the ghoulish season. Guests from far and wide plan their trips each year to enjoy Tweetsie Railroad’s family-friendly Halloween celebration and witness the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain leaf season.

The park opens at 7:30 p.m. each evening for the Ghost Train Halloween Festival and tickets are $36 per person. Beginning this year, tickets are being sold for a designated night with a specific train ride time, so ticket holders will enjoy a shorter wait for the Ghost Train ride. A limited number of guests are admitted each evening; visitors are urged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid missing out on all the Halloween fun.

Daytime visitors can still enjoy all of Tweetsie Railroad’s Wild West adventures, rides, shows and attractions; but when darkness sets in, the park transforms into a ghoulish good time, complete with all the Halloween thrills and chills. Guests will be frightfully entertained when hordes of fun and creepy creatures emerge, as the unexpected awaits around every bend. The highlight of the evening is a ride on the theme park’s star attraction, the spooky Ghost Train, which howls its way through the chill of the Blue Ridge night every 30 minutes. This year, guests are invited to join monster hunters and news media as they try to uncover the truth behind rumors of bizarre and terrifying creatures reported to be roaming the mountains.

Named as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Tweetsie’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival has plenty of safe and scary entertainment for the whole family. Hop aboard the Ghost Train and join engineer Casey Bones for a journey into the darkness. Don’t miss the spine-chilling Haunted House, where 13 spooky rooms beckon you to enter. Cautiously stroll through the Freaky Forest to encounter dark surprises along a desolate woodland path, and visit The Boneyard to venture into the 3-D Maze, the disorienting Black Hole, and a mystifying Warp Tunnel.

Take a spin on the rides in the Creepy Carnival and enjoy the frightfully delightful black light musical spooktacular shows at the Tweetsie Palace. Guests that choose to dress up in their Halloween best and trick-or-treat will feel right at home among Tweetsie’s 200 employees who are transformed into frights of the night by professional costumers and make-up artists.

Fun Facts about Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival:

  • Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival began in 1990 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.
  • It takes six months to prepare the park for the Ghost Train® Halloween Festival each year.
  • The park transforms from a Wild West theme to Halloween themein 90 minutes, with a completely different set of characters and shows; the Ghost Train® locomotive takes the place of the No. 12 locomotive.

The 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, Miner’s Mountain gem mining and gold panning, the Country Fair amusement rides and games, and all of the shops and shows on Main Street.

Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays August 22 through October 30. The 2016 season ends Sunday, October 30. The park’s Wild West themed hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.

 Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2016 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE(877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tweetsieand Twitter and Instagram, @TweetsieRR.