There seems to be so many Halloween activities to do with the kids this year, far more than when we were children! This year we had the opportunity to do something a little bit different. East Lancashire Railway kindly invited us to experience one of their spooktacular Halloween trains.
East Lancashire Railway have fantastic events running throughout the year, including Santa Specials for those looking for a festive family day out.
The Halloween Ghost Trains begin and end at Bury Bolton Street Station. We drove there and managed to park on their carpark. Car parking spaces are limited though and the carpark was packed when we left, so we were happy to be on the earlier train.
We had the option of four different times, with the later trains being scarier than the earlier ones. We booked the earliest slot at 5.30pm since our kids are still quite young.
The kids got all dressed up in their Halloween outfits and were so excited! I was a little apprehensive about how scary the trains would be. I knew Jack, our nine year old, would be fine, but I worried that our younger two would be a bit frightened.
When we arrived the station was full of Halloween decorations and music such as Thriller and The Monster Mash were playing. The atmosphere was brilliant. We walked through to the platform past various spooky characters.
Anna, our three year old, was a bit overwhelmed and first and started to cry. I think she didn’t know which direction to look in! There was a magician putting on a show, and food being served alongside the platform.
We got onto the train as it pulled into the station and the minute Anna was sat down she was much happier. She could still see the characters but they no longer scared her.
The steam train ride to us to Rawtenstall and back. It was starting to get dark when we first boarded but was completely dark during the journey which added to the experience.
The children were each gifted Halloween goody bags, consisting of a small bat and ball, colouring activities and much more. Obviously a lot of thought had gone into them.
We were joined on the journey by various characters and all three of mine loved it, even Anna! They engaged with the children and made them laugh, and all of the costumes were fantastic.
We really enjoyed the journey, and wouldn’t hesitate to book again next year. The trains are also running on Halloween night, and there’s still tickets available. Click here for more information.
I was offered complimentary tickets but as always opinions my own.