Are you a parent looking for a haunted event to enjoy with your children for Halloween in Los Angeles? Then Ghost Train is for you! If you are looking for a scarier haunt at Griffith Park, click here to check out the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.
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2012 GHOST TRAIN DATES: October 13-14, 19-21, 26-31
GHOST TRAIN HOURS: 7:00 to 10:00pm nightly.
GHOST TRAIN TICKETS: $10 (this tax-deductible donation funds the non-profit organization)
GHOST TRAIN PARKING: Free
GHOST TRAIN 2012 INFORMATION: For this year, the Los Angeles Live Steamers have added five new scenes, including a skeleton rave and a seance.
GHOST TRAIN PARKING PROBLEM: Not so much problem as confusion. The official address for the Los Angeles Live Steamers is 5202 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, but the entrance gate for this address is closed at night. The Ghost Train’s dirt parking lot is perhaps a quarter mile east. This is a dark road in the middle of Gritth Park with few cross streets and almost no street lights, but you will see the lights, artificial fog, and customers when you reach the miniature train area.
GHOST TRAIN HISTORY: The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has been presenting their “Ghost Train” for Halloween since 2001. Supported by train enthusiasts, the non-profit corporation runs their 7 1/2-inch gauge model trains free of charge every Sunday. For Halloween, the path is decorated with a series 30 elaborately spooky scenes. For 2011, the Live Steamers added new displays, using digital projection for additional eerie effects.
GHOST TRAIN INFORMATION: The ride is ideal for child-sized riders, but adults can manage if they do not mind squatting down on the tiny trains for the approximately 20-minute duration. Riders must be at least 34 inches tall and not weigh over 350 pounds. Riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
GHOST TRAIN SCARE FACTOR: Is it scary? Not really. The Ghost Train is more spooky. In a way, it’s like driving past a series of well decorated Halloween yard haunts, with lots of colorful lights, Jack O’Lanterns, skeletons, giant spiders, and other displays. Nothing jumps out at you. Most of the figures are mannequins; a few have some kind of mechanics to make them pop up.
GHOST TRAIN BOTTOM LINE: For parents with eager trick-or-treaters who might be scared by more intense Halloween attractions, this is the place to go.
VIDEO: Check out our 2008 video of the Los Angeles Live Steamers Ghost Train.
Click here for our archive of the Ghost Train.