On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, Boothbay Railway Village will once again be cloaked in mystical moonlight and creepy candlelight for the Ghost Train. Totally reimagined by a new, all-volunteer committee, the Ghost Train will have some new features.
Just once a year, the ghouls and goblins come out to haunt the otherwise peaceful Boothbay Railway Village. Passengers will journey through enchanted cemeteries, see zombies and other ghastly things, hear the calls of strange beasts, and experience other unimaginable apparitions.
Unsuspecting visitors must enter the haunted station to board the Ghost Train, if they dare. Witches and other monsters will assist the engineer and train crew with departures every 30 minutes. The first two trains at 4:30 and 5 p.m. are perfect for tiny tots. The trips leaving at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. will be a bit spookier as the sun sets. For older kids, plan to travel at 7, 7:30, or 8 p.m., when the creepy crawlies and sinister spooks will travel right on board the train with passengers and things will get scary.
Guests are encouraged to dress up and bring along their own trick-or-treat bag. They will be invited to trick or treat though the railway village and end up at the new Charlotte’s barn (featuring Wilbur, too!), hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, for one last scare.
One’s ticket is a passport and will guide one around the village. Passengers should arrive and be ready to board the train at least 15 minutes prior to their preferred departure time. The train ride is only one part of a Ghost Train experience. It lasts approximately 15 minutes, but it is recommended to allow an hour to do all the other activities, which one may do in any order.
Tickets will be available at the door. The ticket price for anyone age 4 and older is $8; kids 3 and under are free. Boothbay Railway Village museum members receive a discounted price of $5. Refreshments will also be available for purchase, including apple cider, hot chocolate, pizza, popcorn, and other baked treats. While one may purchase tickets with cash or a credit card, the refreshment stand can only accept cash.
The Ghost Train is made possible this year thanks to contributions from numerous businesses and individuals.
Volunteers can still join in the fun. To help haunt the village, contact Caleb Hodgdon at 380-9278. Proceeds from the Ghost Train will go to support the Boothbay Railway Village museum, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Boothbay Railway Village is located at 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay. For more information, go to railwayvillage.org or call 633-4727.