Board the Ghost Train if you dare
On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, the Boothbay Railway Village will once again be cloaked in mystical moonlight and creepy candlelight for the Ghost Train. Totally re-imagined by a new, all-volunteer committee, the Ghost Train will now 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 with us at 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. when the creepy crawlies and sinister spooks will travel right on board the train with you 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 Village and end up at the new Charlotte’s barn (featuring Wilbur too!) hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library for one last scare.
Your ticket is a passport and will guide you around the Village. Passengers should arrive and be ready to board the train at least 15 minutes prior to your preferred departure time. The train ride is only one part of a Ghost Train experience. It lasts approximately 15 minutes but we recommend allowing one hour to do all the other activities, which you may do in any order.
Tickets will be available at the door. The ticket price for anyone 4 and older is $8, kids 3 and under are free. 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 you may purchase tickets with cash or credit card, the refreshment stand can only accept cash.
Ghost Train is made possible this year thanks to contributions from the following businesses and individuals: AEHome, Bill’s Driveway Sealcoating, Blake’s Boatyard, Sheepscot Eye Associates, Pier One Pizza, Hallinan Construction, Janson’s Clothing, Mike Wallace Landscaping, Sea Glass Spa, Kaler’s Restaurant, East Boothbay General Store, MMR Construction, Thistle Inn, Robinson’s Wharf, John Doyle of Doyle & Nelson Law Office, Blush Boutique, Eventide Epicurean Specialties, Ames Supply, Hannaford, Andrew and Sarah Morley, Pete and Hildy Johnson, Brian and Leslie Blethen, George and Stacey Friant, Chuck McIlwain, Scott Larson, Kristen Sibley, Goodwin family, Charlie Bamberg and Heidi McKechnie,Richard and Pat Medwar, Dale Hahn Construction, Shoreline Capital, and Wade family.
Volunteers can still join in the fun. If you’d like to help haunt the Village contact Caleb Hodgdon at 207-380-9278. Proceeds from Ghost Train support the Museum, which is a 501(c) (3) non-profit.
The Boothbay Railway Village is located at 586 Wiscasset Road, just 8 miles south of Route 1 in the beautiful coast community of Boothbay. For more information on Ghost Train or the Museum visit the website at www.railwayvillage.org or call 207-633-4727.