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Halloween Trains: Book Your Trip ASAP

If they love holiday trains or rides with the Easter bunny, they're sure to adore these slightly-spooky pumpkin train rides.


Photo courtesy of Delaware River Railroad

NJ railroads are boarding little monsters from all over the state this season. Take your coven to one of these seasonal trains for Halloween-themed fun they’ll never forget.

Black River and Western Railroad’s Pumpkin Train

80 Stangl Rd., Flemington
908-782-6622, blackriverrailroad.com

Meet the conductor at Pumpkin Junction for a special trip to Everitt Farms, where tiny ghouls will get to play in the corn box, get lost in the hay bale maze or 6-acre corn maze, hop on a wagon ride and boogie down with DJ'ed tunes. Take in music, scour autumn decor and treats and take the kiddos pumpkin picking or to visit the petting zoo for an additional fee. If you can't make it before Halloweekend, no worries: the Spooky Story Time Express, running only on October 27, will take the kids from Flemington to Bowne Station before treating them to apple cider, storytime, face painting, a goody bag, pumpkin decorating and more ($17.50-19.50)

Details: Weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 27, trips at 10 am, 12:30 pm and 3 pm, $15/ages 3-11, $20/ages 12 and up.  

Delaware River Railroad Excursions’ The Great Pumpkin Train

100 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg
877-872-4674, 877trainride.com

Honor the Peanuts gang by hopping aboard this famously-named engine. Ride all the way to the pumpkin patch that’s gorgeously arranged in front of the century-old Carpentersville Lime Kilns (they’re the biggest and oldest in NJ) and let the kids take their pick. Take in river-side views, try your luck in the corn maze or explore the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, where the kids can pan for gems (additional fees). Chill in one of the two picnic groves with the fam before heading home.

Details: Weekends Sept. 29-Oct.28, trips at 11 am, 12:30 and 2 pm, $12/kids, $17/adults, additional attractions $5/each.

DiDonato Fun Center’s Trick-or-Treat Train

1151 South White Horse Pike, Hammonton
609-561-3040, didonatofuncenter.com

ALL-A-BOO this tot-friendly train on the Rolling Railway. Kiddies will score some sweets a little early this year on this ride through Halloween Town, plus will venture through a hay maze, get their faces painted and search for the perfect jack-o’-lantern base in the pumpkin patch. After, show off your skills at the bowling alley and 3-D, indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course (every ticket scores you a free round at each. Afterwards, grab a bite and peruse at the Snack and Toy Cottage.

Details: Weekends Oct. 6-28, 1-6 pm. $12.95/each.

Pine Creek Railroad’s Haunted Express

New Jersey Museum of Transportation
4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Twp.
732-938-5524, njmt.org

This is for the mini-daredevils in your crew, because it gets scarier than a ride to the pumpkin patch. Explore the haunted woods of Allaire State Park as trick-or-treaters have done for decades. While you’re there, visit Allaire’s haunted village ($10-15) between October 19 and 27 before hopping back on the parkway. You’ll get to hop on a hayride, peruse the general store and bakery, explore historic homes and more.

Details: Every Friday-Saturday Oct. 12-27, trips at 7:30 pm and leave every half-hour until 9:30 pm, $7.50

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