All aboard the spooktacular

A night of Halloween madness.

By Michael Doran

It’s nearly time to dust off those frightening costumes, harvest the pumpkins, top up on witches brew and head for Healesville Station.

The Halloween Ghost Train, run by Yarra Valley Railway, is getting ready to leave the platform on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October.

A new feature this year is the Little Train of Spooks, designed to captivate the imaginations of pre and primary school aged spooks and sprites.

The Little Train of Spooks is guaranteed to get the juices flowing and a croaky cackle from even the youngest of Halloween enthusiasts and their handlers.

With prizes for the best costumes on each trip and departures every 45 minutes from 10am to 3.15pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday there is room for more thrills than any little spook could bear.

Tickets for the Little Train of Spooks are Adult $18, Concession $16, Child $12 and Family $50.

For those who want to risk going on the really frightening rides, times will be from 8pm to midnight on Friday and from 6pm on Saturday.

The spooked-up Railmotor RM22 will head off on the haunted haul from Healesville to Tarrawarra on the hour and is promised to keep all on the edges of their seats.

There will be lots of surprises on the train, in the tunnel and along the tracks and you will never know who you will bump into on the ride.

But be warned, these rides are so frightening they are recommended for ages 12 and over.

Tickets are available for pre-purchase online or on the day at Healesville station, but it is Halloween so pre-purchase will avoid any disappointment for spook-attired hopefuls. Tickets are Adult $35 or $30 for Child/Concession.

All tickets are available now at and prices don’t include the booking fee. Enquiries to the Reservation Office on 5962 4429 or email


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