Halloween Ghost Trains

Book before 1 June 2024 using the promo code GHOST5 and save 5%!

Crow-no! It’s the year of the Pumpkin, and wouldn’t you know it, the Pumpkin King and his spooky scarecrows have descended on the East Lancashire Railway. Are you brave enough to join the monster squad and solve the mystery?

Recent rumours in the Irwell Valley suggest that local scarecrows have left their posts, literally, and have been spooking the staff and passengers along the railway line. Not only that, but the resident crows have joined forces with them and are making a nuisance of themselves, which is the final straw!

Never fear, we’ve called in the Monster Squad to help us unravel this mystery. Join up with Zombie Bob and his petrifying pals Veronica the Witch and Count Brian the Vampire and help them squash these ghoulish gourds once and for all. Just keep your eyes open for the Pumpkin King and his pesky crows, who will doubtless be “entertaining” with a song and dance number on the platform.

Frightful Fancy Dress

Make the most of this opportunity to show off your best fancy dress – you want to blend in with all the creeps and critters after all!

Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #ELRHalloweenGhostTrains and be in with a chance of being crowned the new Pumpkin King or Queen and receiving four tickets to the Santa Specials (excluding Christmas Eve). The winner will be picked a few days after the event.

We’ll see you there, if you dare!

What’s Included:

  • Haunted house walkthrough over the pumpkin themed, ghoulishly decorated footbridge at Bury, featuring all manner of animatronic creeps and kooks. PLEASE NOTE: There will be some jump scares.
  • Interactions with the friendly fiends of the ELR Monster Squad.
  • An approximately 60-minute steam train ride from Bury to Irwell Vale and back, spooky entertainment and music along the route.
  • A goody bag for every child, full of tricks and treats.


24 – 26, 31 October 2024

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Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Please note that all trains will leave on time. Please ensure you allow time for travel and parking.
Passengers must sit in the seats they have booked.

Thursday 27 October 2022

17:30, 19:00, 20:30


Thursday 27 October 2022

17:30, 19:00, 20:30


Friday 28 October 2022

17:30, 19:00, 20:30


Friday 28 October 2022

17:30, 19:00, 20:30


Saturday 29 October 2022

17:30, 19:00, 20:30


Saturday 29 October 2022

17:30, 19:00, 20:30

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What is the best age range for this event?

This is a family Halloween event, if your child loves Halloween and all things mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky then this should be perfect for them.

Whilst we think the event is suitable for ages 4 and upwards, we do appreciate that every little one is different and it is very much up to each parent or carer to decide whether this event is suitable for their child.

In order to help you gauge this, please take a look at our gallery and our promotional video, which will help give you an overview of the sort of thing to expect without any spoilers.

PLEASE NOTE: There are a few jump scares included in the entrance to the main event.

Where do the Halloween Ghost Trains start?

All Halloween Ghost Trains start and end at Bury Bolton Street Station

How long is the Halloween Ghost Train?

The round trip experience from Bury Bolton Street Station lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Can I get off along the way?

Passengers must remain on board their Halloween Ghost Train at all times.

Do you have toilets on board the train?

Toilet facilities are available both on the train as well as on the platform at Bury Bolton Street Station.

Where is the best place to park my car?

Bolton Street Station and the surrounding area has very limited parking. You can find further information on parking here.

What time should I arrive for my experience?

We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your Halloween Ghost Trains departure.

Will there be any food or drink available?

Bury Bolton Street Station has a well stocked Buffet on Platform 3 that will be serving drinks, snacks and warm pies as well as lots of goodies for the little ones. Refreshments are also available at the Trackside Bar in Bury (Platform 2).

Is the experience accessible for people with limited mobility?

Every Halloween Ghost Train has a specially adapted carriage for people who require wheel chair assistance. To make a booking call 0333 320 2830 and we will do the rest for you.

What carriage is closest to the entrance to the event?

Whether you arrive onto the platform by the station steps or the accessible route the closest carriage is Carriage A.
Ramp access can be arranged for those with limited mobility to board and disembark our accessible carriage located in D.

  • Please note the accessible carriage can be booked over the phone by calling 0333 320 2830
I need the assistance of a carer, do they need to pay?

The ELR offers one free carer ticket per party. Please contact our booking line on 0333 320 2830.

Are dogs allowed on the Halloween Ghost Trains?

Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs on the Halloween Ghost Trains (excluding Assistance Dogs).