Railway museum your final stop this Halloween

At the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum, visitors are invited to explore the train cars on site during the Final Stop Haunted Train tours on Saturday and again on Oct. 26.

These are walking tours to explore the cars and along the way there will be several surprises.

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This is a new event for the Railway Museum and this scarier version recommended for adults and children 10 and older will go from 5 to 9 p.m. where the creepiness will be amped up to a frightening degree. Parents can use their discretion while deciding if the evening event is suitable for their children.

"We are offering guided tours every half an hour from 5 p.m. and the last one starts at 8:30 p.m.," Nadine Fieber, event coordinator for the museum, said. The tours are on a first come first served basis and begin at Penny Station.

"Our curators and archivists will be the tour conductors and we'll have some actors and some special effects along the way that eventually take you to the Final Stop," she added.

Offered along with the Final Stop walking tour are rides on the Cottonwood Ghost Train that will take guests around the site as always.

"The mini-rail ride will also have some surprises along the way that people wouldn't otherwise experience," Fieber said. "So that is totally different from the guided walking tours."

In the museum, there will be a display geared for Halloween and if people would like to eat their concession treats, including bone-dogs and witches brew, inside in a bistro setting they will be keeping company with a coven of witches gathered round their cauldron. So share the space if you dare.

"We pride ourselves in offering a unique experience because we're the only ones with trains in town," Fieber said. "We're also proud to say that most of our decorations are do-it-yourself projects, so they are self-made or a combination of store-bought and self-made so that means most of our creations nobody else will have."

During the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the site will be open for a family-friendly Halloween fun event suitable for all ages with many activities geared for children who are encouraged to wear their costumes.

There will be a pumpkin patch, an opportunity to trick or treat and a selfie photo op where people are encouraged to post their picture on social media for a chance to win a ghostly pinata filled with treats, including a family pass to the museum, mini trail tickets and sweets.

The Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum is located at 850 River Rd.

Admission is by donation of a non-perishable food item for St. Vincent de Paul Society's food bank for the day or evening event held Saturday and Oct. 26. Concession is available for purchase and Cottonwood mini-rail rides are $3 per person.

For more information call 250-563-7351 or email nfieber@pgrfm.bc.ca.

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