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Halloween Trains: Book Your Trip ASAP

If they love holiday trains or rides with the Easter bunny, they are 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 visit the petting zoo, play in the corn box, meet some scarecrows, get lost in the hay bale maze and more. Take in music, scour autumn decor and buy treats at the concession stand while the kids pick their own pumpkins in the 6-acre field. Themed weekends bring even more fun to the party, so come the 7-8 for a pirate party or the 21-22 to commend first responders. Though the train won’t be running, head here the 28-29 for the Halloween Costume Party, featuring games, creepy tunes and treats.

Details: Oct. 7-8 and 21-22, trips start at 10 am and leave every 2 1/2 hours. $15/ages 3-11, $20/age 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). 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. Chill in one of the two picnic groves with the fam before heading home.

Details: Every Saturday-Sunday Oct. 7-29, trips start at 11 and leave every half-hour. $12/kids, $18/adults. Additional attractions $5/each.

DiDonato Fun Center’s Trick-or-Treat Train

1151 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 the Halloween village, 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, feel free to explore the center’s bowling alley or galactic golf.

Details: Every Thursday-Sunday Oct. 5-29, 4:30-8:30 pm. $12.95/each.

Pine Creek Railroad’s Haunted Express

New Jersey Museum of Transportation at Allaire State Park
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 as trick-or-treaters have done for decades. You’ll even get to walk through a portion of the trail, if you dare. While you’re there, visit Allaire’s haunted village between October 20 and 28 before hopping back on the parkway. You’ll get to hop on a hayride, sip hot apple cider at the bakery and peruse the general store for a seasonal trinket.

Details: Every Friday-Saturday Oct. 13-28, trips start at 7:30 pm and leave every half-hour. $7.50/each.

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