Choo choo, BOO!

All aboard! Palmer­ston North’s train of hor­rors has set off on its ghostly trail for the an­nual Es­planade Scenic Rail­way fundrais­ing Hal­loween Train.


Palmer­ston North’s train of hor­rors has set off on its ghostly trail.

The an­nual Es­planade Scenic Rail­way fundrais­ing Hal­loween Train started on Labour Day, invit­ing will­ing vic­tims to a fright­en­ingly good time. And will­ing vic­tims can get on board on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights this week for screams and thrills.

‘‘I’ve seen some of the cos­tumes, they’re look­ing pretty fan­tas­tic,’’ Es­planade Rail­way vice-pres­i­dent Grant Tay­lor said be­fore the first ride.

Mary Brunn,12, from Palmer­ston North, said the train ride was scary, es­pe­cially see­ing the clown.

‘‘When we were on it, things kept jump­ing out and making weird sounds and there was a danc­ing lady and they had knives and masks. We’re go­ing to go again at night.’’

‘‘I wasn’t scared; my sis­ter was,’’ Zaria Ed­ward­son, 7, said. ‘‘I saw a mon­ster, he tried to spook us.’’ Sis­ter, Zikyah Ed­ward­son, 6, said: ‘‘There was dead peo­ple and they had blood. It was fun.’’

About 40 peo­ple made up the scar­ing crew from the Ash­hurst Mu­sic Group, Massey Net­ball Club, Massey Univer­sity Alpine Club, and East­man Rover Scout Crew. ’’They’ve got some real creepy lit­tle cos­tumes. The Massey net­ballers have a tableau – a ghost din­ing ta­ble, and the Scouts are plan­ning a lit­tle creepy cubs camp fire,’’ Tay­lor said.


All man­ner of frights await those who dare take a ride on the Hal­loween Train.


Kids and Par­ents ride the Hal­loween train through the Palmer­ston North Es­planade.

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