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Tweetsie Railroad Hosts Annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival

August 5, 2009

Spooky Fun Starts October 2 and Features New Attraction

Don’t miss a hauntingly good time as Tweetsie Railroad celebrates the 20th season of its Ghost Train® Halloween Festival. This spooktacular event begins Friday, October 2 and runs every Friday and Saturday night through October 31. The Ghost Train Halloween Festival’s non-stop excitement has made the event one of the most popular Halloween celebrations in the High Country.

During the day, visitors can enjoy Tweetsie’s Wild West adventure, but when the sun goes down, trick-or-treaters of all ages will experience chills, thrills and a frighteningly good time. Hop aboard and join engineer Casey Bones and his crew on the Ghost Train and experience Halloween fun all evening long. Take a trip to “The Boneyard” for the 3-D Maze, the infamous Black Hole and the all-new Freaky Forest attraction. The Freaky Forest invites guests to take a spooky stroll along a dark, desolate pathway where they’ll encounter the creatures, ghouls and terrors from your funniest nightmares! The Freaky Forest is recommended for brave guests over eight years of age.

Guests can also tour the exciting Haunted House and discover 13 spooky rooms guaranteed to both startle and test the imagination. At the Haunted Palace Saloon, younger guests will be enchanted by The Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular black light show. Finally, visitors can stop by the Creepy Carnival and take a spin on a variety of amusement park rides. Although some attractions are recommended for adults and older children, there are shows and attractions for the youngest of guests too. Kids can also enjoy traditional trick-or-treating throughout the park. It’s safe, scary fun for all ages.

The gates open at 7:30 p.m. Due to the popularity of this annual event, a limited number of tickets are available for each evening. Advance tickets are required and many nights often sell out. Admission is $26 for adults and children, while kids ages 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets are on sale now at, and you can print your tickets at home.

Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays now through November 1. The park's regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and will be open from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. during the Ghost Train Halloween Festival. October is particularly busy in the High Country as the colors of fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains are at their peak. Visitors are encouraged to make lodging reservations early.

Tweetsie Railroad is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information and Ghost Train Halloween Festival ticket purchases, visit or call the toll-free direct order line at 1-877-TWEETSIE.


Blue Ridge Stemwinder

Telling the story of Tweetsie Railroad and the East Tennessee Railway, this book documents the history of the standard gauge ET&WNC after the narrow gauge was gone and is richly illustrated with dozens of maps and hundreds of photographs. 

Blue Ridge Stemwinder An Illustrated History of the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad and the Linville River Railway

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