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Haunted Train 2017

SPCRR/Railroad Museum at Ardenwood

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Haunted Train 2017
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A ticket is required for everyone ages 3 and up (ages 2 and under free)   more info 1 Ticket Oct 27, 2017 $7.00 $1.38

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Climb aboard our historic narrow gauge train for a fun, spooky (not scary) ride through the dark forest at Ardenwood Historic Farm in FremontYour family will enjoy the fun, roundtrip ride on the haunted rails of the Ghost Train. 

The ride is designed especially for families with children under 12. You will see live actors playing the characters of cowboys, silly pirates, a witch, and others; with colorful Halloween inflatables and giant pumpkins in between scenes (nothing will jump out or otherwise frighten young children).

Trains operate every 30 minutes between 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Sunday nights, on the following two weekends before Halloween:  October 20, 21, 22; and October 27, 28, 29.

All children must be with an adult. For safety reasons each child age 2 and under must be accompanied by a separate adult. Children are welcome to wear costumes as long as they are not scary and don’t take up extra room. (No adults with masks please.)   There will also be “Ghost Chasers” (glow sticks) for sale at the train station (cash only). 


  • Where is the ticket office and when is it open?  The ticket office is located at the Ardenwood train station at the parking lot entrance to Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA. The Haunted Train ticket office opens at 5:00 pm on Haunted Train operating nights ONLY:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights on 10/20, 10/21, 10/22; and 10/27, 10/28, 10/29. We accept cash and all major credit cards. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. At the ticket office, tickets can be purchased for any night the train operates. NOTE: Tickets sold at the ticket office may be limited or sold out depending upon demand. We suggest you buy your tickets online.

    DO NOT try to buy tickets from Ardenwood Park staff! Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm daily. They are NOT able to sell tickets for the Haunted Train. The Haunted Train is a separate fund raiser for our nonprofit railroad museum. Our ticket window is only open from 5:00 pm to 9:30pm (5:00 pm-9:00 pm on Sundays) on the dates the Haunted Train is scheduled to operate (see dates above).

  • Now I have my Eventbrite Voucher--how do I exchange my Voucher for Tickets?  You must exchange your Voucher for tickets at the ticket office only during the dates and hours shown above. Be sure to allow extra time before your scheduled train because there might a line.  
  • How many tickets can I buy in advance?  There is no overall limit, however just 66 tickets for any particular train are available for purchase online. The remaining tickets will be available at the ticket office on operating days from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • I have a large group, can we reserve our own car?  
  • We can reserve a private car for you, but you must purchase 32 seats (you can bring fewer people, but you still must buy 32 tickets). Contact us at the email below after you purchase the tickets and we will give you instructions on where to meet so we can board your party first.
  • How "Scary" is it?  The ride is not scary, it is spooky. The intention is to provide a spooky and entertaining experience suitable for children under 12 and for adults as well. The train passes through a dark forest with a number of  illuminated character scenes that are separated by Halloween themed blowups. The 'conductor' provides a tongue-in-cheek narration linking the trip with historical events. There is no gore or violence. You can get an idea by looking at our Halloween Train images at the  SPCRR Halloween Trains gallery. We also sell colored glowsticks as 'ghost protectors' at the station (cash only). Sometimes we have hot drinks for sale also (cash only). NOTE: No food or drinks are allowed on the train.
  • What type of clothing should we wear?  The train operates outdoors in open railroad cars. Costumes are great--as long as you can sit in them and they don't take up extra room. Costumes that might frighten small children are not allowed, and adults may not wear masks. Wear suitable clothing for the weather--it can be cold and windy and occasionally we have rain. If rain is predicted, it is a good idea to bring a rain coat or poncho. Red lights of any kind are prohibited because they can interfere with safe train operations. 

  • What happens if I'm late for my train?  We strongly recommend you show up a minimum of 30 minutes before your train is scheduled. You first need to exchange your voucher for actual tickets at the ticket window and the line can be long. Seats on any particular train are first-come, first-seated. You will want to line up early to make sure your group sits together. Seats for purchased tickets will be held until 10 minutes prior to the train departing. If the ticket holder does not show up by that time, their seats may be offered to ticket holders waiting in line for the next train. If you show up late and this occurs, we will "try" to get you on the next available train, but we cannot guarantee there will be available seats. There are no refunds for late attendees.

  • What if it is raining?  The trains will run as long as it is safe to operate. Typically weather is dry and cool. Refunds will be given at the ticket window only on scheduled operating dates if the trains do not operate due to weather. See dates and hours for ticket window above. If it is heavily raining before trains start operating and the weather service predicts the rain will continue that evening, we will send out an email notice to all Eventbrite ticket holders on that date notifying them of the train cancellation due to weather and we will refund your tickets. 

  • I bought tickets but now I can't make it... how do I get a refund?  That depends on how your tickets were purchased. If you purchased tickets on Eventbrite, you can request refunds up to 24 hours in advance of the date of your tickets through Eventbrite. Information is printed on the voucher. Tickets purchased at the ticket office can be refunded at least 24 hours in advance at the ticket office on Haunted Train operating dates from 5:00-9:30 pm (5:00 - 9:00 on Sundays). If you have any questions, talk to the people at the ticket office, or send an email to

  • Can I video or take pictures of the event?  Yes with some restrictions. Video and photography are allowed before, during, and after the ride as long as it does not interfere with the safety of the train, bother other passengers, or affect the ambiance of the ride. This is a dark ride--flood lights and flash photography are not allowed. Please turn off your flash on your phones and cameras because it detracts from the experience. When the train returns to the station, some of the characters come out to pose for photographs... you may use your flash at that time.
  • Please Note: Commercial photography and videography inside East Bay Regional Parks may require a permit from EBRPD. Please contact East Bay Regional Park District for more information.
  • IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: Flash photography of the operating crew (engineer, brakeman, and conductor) is not allowed. The flash affects their night vision, which they need for safe train operation. 

  • You guys sound like a fun group! How can I get involved?  We ARE a fun group. The first place to go to join ($20 per year) is the SPCRR website, click on "SPCRR" and "Become a Member." To become a volunteer or employee, email we are always looking for folks interested in railroad history; people who have experience doing cabinetry or carpentry and who would like to work on restoring historic railroad cars; part-time employees interested in working on the railroad; volunteers to be an engineer or brakeperson/conductor a few days each year; volunteers help us behind the scenes; and volunteers to help with our fund raisers such as being an actor on the Haunted Train or helping us put together and decorate the sets, setup and take-down the decorations each night, sell glow sticks, and more.

  • How do I contact you?  The best way is to email questions to


Have questions about Haunted Train 2017? Contact SPCRR/Railroad Museum at Ardenwood

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Ardenwood Historic Farm
Railroad Museum at Ardenwood
34600 Ardenwood Blvd,
Fremont, CA 94555

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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SPCRR/Railroad Museum at Ardenwood

The train is operated by the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources, Inc. (SPCRR)  in association with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).

The SPCRR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating the Railroad Museum at Ardenwood.  The museum is an educational museum focussed on preservation, restoration, and interpretation of narrow gauge railroads in California.

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