The Ghost Train’s Darkus Knight serves as the official greater to the Halloween
Festival. Photo by Jeff Eason
Thursday, September 27, 2012
(Last modified: 2012-09-27 08:58:53)

Source: The Blowing Rocket

Hop on board for the 23rd spooktacular season of Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival, as the High Country’s most popular Halloween celebration begins Sept. 28 and continues every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 27.
The Ghost Train will howl through the Blue Ridge Mountains, while guests of all ages will experience a frighteningly fun time. 

Each year, Tweetsie’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival features a uniquely spooky theme. This year’s theme is “Tweetsie’s Twisted Tales.”

“This is a dark spin on the old fairy tales,” said Tweetsie entertainment director Joe Clark. “It’s definitely more Brothers Grimm than Mother Goose.”

Fairy tales have become a bit of a trend this year with the debut of two prime time television shows, “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm,” as well as movies such as “Mirror, Mirror.”

The Ghost Train and Halloween Festival takes a macabre look at these tales and presents a number of scary characters based on classic stories. For instance, the Ghost Train dance team, better known as The Spice Ghouls, feature characters based on dual characters.

Dancing down the depot, you will find Dorothy/the Wicked Witch of the West, Little Red Riding Hood/Werewolf, Snow White/Vampire, Rapunzel/ the Mummy and Cinderella/Frankenstein.
Other fairy tale characters who come to life at the Halloween Festival include Rumplestiltskin, the Evil Queen and Prince Charming.

“We’re trying to incorporate the fairy tale theme into everything,” Clark said. “It’s a bit of a trend right now, but Cathy Robbins (one of the theme park’s owners) came up with the idea about 10 or 15 years ago. It’s been in the back of our minds while we were doing other themes such as werewolves, vampires and creatures from space.”

Clark said that unlike some other Halloween festivals, Tweetsie’s Ghost Train is designed for the whole family, even the young and impressionable.

“Other than the Haunted House and the Freaky Forest, nothing is too scary,” he said.

Prop designers at Tweetsie have been working overtime to turn the train ride from a Wild West adventure to a trip through a fairy tale wonderland. They have even transformed Fort Boone into a giant castle. Look for Miss Moffat and her spider friend as you ride the Ghost Train through the eerie night.

Daytime visitors can still enjoy all of Tweetsie’s Wild West adventures, rides and attractions, but when the sun goes down, a horde of fun and creepy Halloween characters will emerge.
Join Ghost Train engineer Casey Bones and his macabre crew for a scary journey on a train inescapably haunted by its past. The tracks lead into the darkness of a railroading era filled with terror and tragedy.  Guests will experience chills and thrills as ghosts and ghouls from the old railways pursue the Ghost Train’s passengers around every bend, and through every eerie forest.

Visit The Boneyard and venture into the 3-D Maze and the disorienting Black Hole. Enjoy a spooky stroll through the Freaky Forest, and encounter scream-worthy surprises along a dark and desolate woodland pathway of terror.  Brave visitors can also tour the spine-chilling Haunted House and discover 13 spooky rooms, each one guaranteed to startle and challenge the imagination.
Although some attractions are recommended for adults and older children, there are plenty of shows and activities for the youngest guests, too. Children can enjoy traditional trick-or-treating throughout the park. At The Haunted Palace Saloon, visitors of all ages will be entertained by the black light show.
Families can also take a spin on a variety of amusement rides at the Creepy Carnival. Boogie down at the Tweetsie Main Street Halloween celebration where The Spice Ghouls and emcee Darkus Knight will keep your toes tapping and feet jiving.

The gates open at 7:30 p.m. Due to the popularity of the annual event, a limited number of tickets are available for each evening. Many nights often sell out, so ordering advance tickets online is recommended.
Admission is $28 for adults and children, while children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Print-at-home tickets are available at

Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. The 2012 season ends Sunday, Oct. 28.

The park’s daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. during the Ghost Train Halloween Festival.

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