Spooky Spec­tac­u­lar pairs train rides with Hal­loween fun at Steam­town

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News - BY CAITLIN HEANEY WEST STAFF WRITER

Grab your cos­tume for a week­end of Hal­loween ad­ven­ture that’s off — and on— the rails.

Steam­townNa­tional His­toric Site, Lack­awan­naAv­enue andCliff Street, Scran­ton, will host an­oth­erSpookySpec­tac­u­lar from9 a. m. to 5p. m. Satur­dayandSun­day. Chil­dren an­dadults are en­cour­agedto dres­supto check­out the Hal­loweengeared ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the rail­road­ing mu­se­u­man­dits grounds, whichre­cent­ly­did away­with its ad­mis­sion fee.

Bill Fis­cher, Steam­town’s chief of vis­i­tor ser­vices and re­source man­age­ment, was not at the site for last year’s event but knows it “just seemed to re­ally strike a note with fam­i­lies.”

“They had a good time ( with) kids com­ing here with the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said. “It was a real suc­cess, sowe opted to do it again.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties are mainly geared to­ward chil­dren ages 6 to 15. On Satur­day, kids can trick- or- treat on a scav­enger hunt through­out the main mu­seum com­plex.

“There will be kinds of rid­dles for them to fig­ure out where to go ( in) the sta­tion as part of the scav­enger hunt,” Fis­cher said.

Also that day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives fromLack­awanna County Li­brary Sys­tem will read sto­ries, while students fromGeisinger Com­mon­wealth School of Medicine will “do some fun things with skele­tons,” Fis­cher said.

“We’ll have some craft ac­tiv­i­ties to make your own skele­ton and other arts and crafts,” he said. “They can also learn some in­ter­est­ing facts fromthe med­i­cal students about the hu­man skele­ton. So that should be in­ter­est­ing. It will be a nice op­por­tu­nity to get some of the lo­calmed­i­cal students out here.”

Ama­gi­cian Fis­cher said was pop­u­lar­when he per­formed at Steam­town’s Rail­fest in Septem­ber will do “kid- friendly, Hal­loween­themed magic shows.”

This year’s sched­ule will not in­clude the Round­house of Ter­ror, an adult- geared haunted at­trac­tion held at night last year. Steam­town had­worked on that with part­ner group­swho had con­flicts this time, Fis­cher said, al­though he did not rule out of­fer­ing it an­other year.

Adults and kids alike can con­tinue theHal­loween fun aboard one of the­week­end’s many train rides. Satur­day’s Scran­ton Lim­ited and Sun­day’sNayAug Gorge Lim­ited short train trips, whose coaches Fis­cher said are “decked out a lit­tle bit with Hal­loween- themed stuff,” cost $ 5 for ages 6 and older. Trains leave the round­house each day at 10: 30 and 11: 30 a. m. and 1: 15 and 2: 15 p. m.

On Sun­day, a diesel train will carry trav­el­ers to Goulds­boro— dubbed “Ghouls- boro” for the day— and back for a roughly 50- mile roundtrip from11 a. m. to 3 p. m. Guests can grab light re­fresh­ments at theGoulds­boro sta­tion be­fore head­ing back to Steam­town. Tick­ets are $ 34 for adults 16 to 61, $ 29 for se­niors 62 and older, $ 22 for chil­dren 6 to 15 and free for chil­dren 5 and younger, al­though they still re­quire a no- cost ticket. To re­serve a spot, call 570- 340- 5204 daily from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m.

“Our part­ners at the Goulds­boro sta­tion re­ally en­joy the trains com­ing out, and they al­ways have great ac­tiv­i­ties for folks. ... They al­ways put on a good show,” Fis­cher said.

He be­lieves guests en­joy the Spooky Spec­tac­u­lar’s fam­ily- friendly na­ture.

“We’ve dec­o­rated the com­plex the last cou­ple of days, and noth­ing hor­ri­bly scary,” Fis­cher said. “It’s just a fun fam­ily event, and most kids love trains any­way, so it just kind of blends those two things.”

JA­SON FARMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Steam­town Na­tional His­toric Site, Lack­awanna Av­enue and Cliff Street, Scran­ton, will host Spooky Spec­tac­u­lar on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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