Halloween is not far away and what could be spookier than a ride on a Halloween steam train? If the kids love steam trains and trick or treating then they will love a trip on one of these trains.
We’ve listed them in order of drive-time from St Helens
West Lancashire Light Railway
Take a scary ride with the kids on their Halloween specials – look out for the Tarleton Terror, the Barmy Bishop of Becconsall, the Headless Horse Rider from Hundred End, the Girlie Ghoul from Hoole and the Hound from Hell.
When: Sunday, 29th October. The first normal train is 11.30am then every 20 minutes with the last train at 4.30pm. Halloween special trains are at 5pm, 5.30pm and 6pm.
Price: Fares for one return ride – adults £3.50, children £2.50, family £9, over 60s £3.
Where: Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SP (45 minutes away)
Ribble Steam Railway
With spooky goings on in the museum and all manner of ghouls and ghosties this is a great event for all the family. Witches, wizards, elves and goblins are all welcome (feel free to dress up). There will also be spooky face painting.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 28th and 29th October at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
Price: Day ticket includes entry to the museum, workshop and unlimited train rides – adults £8, children and concessions £5, kids under three go FREE. Family ticket £23 (two adults and two children).
East Lancashire Railway
There are all kinds of ghostly goings on, including steam powered scares on a haunted steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through dark tunnels and past lonely platforms. Make sure to show off your best fancy dress.
With terrifying treats available at the station buffet with frightening food and a goody bag for every child plus a creepy craft workshop at Bury Transport Museum, the perfect way to get set for the scare.
Opening times: 26th , 27th and 28th October. Trains run at 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm – the later the time, the scarier the ride. Each trip takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Price: Adults £14.50, children (aged three to seven) £7.50, kids under three go FREE. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Book tickets on their website or by calling 0161 764 7790 (10am – 4pm) or by visiting the Booking Office.
Where: Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY (48 minutes away)
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Head to Llangollen Railway beside the historic River Dee for some ghoulish fun this Halloween. Spooky storytelling on board as the train travels through the dark and creepy Dee Valley.
When: Sunday, 29th October at 6.30pm
Price: Adults £18, children £11. Visit website to book tickets.
Where: Llangollen Railway, The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SN (1 Hour 9 minutes away)
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Go on a witch hunt at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway with frequent trains running during the daytime with decorations and excitement to be had plus a fancy dress competition.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 28th and 29th October. There are various times throughout the day. The 4.30pm from Embsay and 5pm from Bolton Abbey only runs on Saturday. There is also an ‘Evening Scare’ Halloween train which departs from Bolton Abbey at 7pm on Saturday.
Advance booking is essential for the Evening Scare Train. Visit website or call 01756 710614.
Price: To be confirmed.
Elsecar Heritage Railway
Elsecar Heritage Railway is South Yorkshire’s only Heritage Railway and the wicked witch has put them under her spell while she brews up her latest broth.
When: 31st October – trains depart at 4.30pm, 5.20pm, 6.10pm, 7pm and 7.50pm.
Price: Adult £7.50, child £3.50 and family (for online bookings only) £20. Visit website to book tickets.
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
Llanfair Caereinion station, part of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, will be spookily decorated and the last train will return to Llanfair in eerie dusk. Come in costume, as there will prizes for the most imaginative.
When: Saturday, 28th October.
Price: Adult £12.50, child £4, family (two adults and two children) £30, children under three go FREE – book tickets via the website.
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Head to Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway for a week of Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Ghouls.
Explore the haunted carriage, complete the ‘Ghoul Trail’ and ride to Lakeside for more spooky fun at the Aquarium plus children dressed in fancy dress can have a FREE train ride and entry into the Lakes Aquarium with a full paying adult.
When: Monday to Friday, 23rd to 27th October.
Price: You can buy return tickets from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Adults £6.50, children £3.40 and kids under five go FREE.
Family tickets are £19.50. Or buy a Rover ticket for unlimited travel all day for £10 for adults of £5 for children. More info and tickets via the website.
Llanberis Lake Railway
Dare you ride the ghostly train through the Witches Woods to seek out the spirits and spooks at Llanberis Lake Railway?
When: 29th October to 2nd November.
Price: Adult return £11 with various family savers available too. One child age two or under may travel FREE per adult in the group. Dogs are allowed to accompany passengers at the company’s discretion for a fee of £1. more info and tickets via website.
Bala Lake Railway
Bala Lake Railway is the home to Alice the little Welsh engine and runs narrow gauge steam trains with excellent views of the lake and nearby mountains of Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.
When: 28th and 31st October. The Halloween Trains will depart from Llanuwchllyn at 5pm and 6pm and you can not board these trains at any other station.
Price: To be confirmed. Online booking will be available nearer the time of the event.
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway
The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways ever-popular Halloween trains are back again this year – with evenings of fiendish family frolics filled with creepy costumes, crazy capers and chilling competitions.
From Porthmadog you catch the ghos train to Tan-y-Bwlch – the little station in the big, dark woods for an evening of fun and fireworks. Not forgetting fancy dress and a hot supper from the Creepy Café.
From Caernarfon, ride the ghoulish train aboard the Welsh Highland Railway. Folk band Dixie Hicks will entertain on the train and at the Snowdonia Parc Brewpub.
Drinks and refreshments are available from the licensed buffet cars during the journey as well as from either Tan-y-Bwlch café (FR) or at the Snowdonia Parc Brewpub (WHR).
When: Trains run from Porthmadog (FR) on 26th, 27th and 28th October, and Caernarfon (WHR) on 31st October. Halloween Trains leave Porthmadog at 6pm and bring you back to Porthmadog for 9.30pm, and leave Caernarfon at 6.30pm and bring you back to Caernarfon for 9pm.
Price: To be confirmed.