I can’t remember ever going on the Stanley Park train, at least not since I was a wee tot. So when I heard that the Ghost Train theme this year was Alice in Nightmareland, complete with stilt-walkers and actors, I knew I had to go.

Spooky Graveyard aka Children's Petting Zoo

Me as Alice, Evan as the Mad Hatter

Me as Alice, Evan as the Mad Hatter

We picked up our tickets on Friday evening and visited the Children’s Petting Zoo around dusk. It was decked out in spooky attire, but I felt bad for the animals. There were 16 pygmy goats in one enclosure. They were standing and sleeping on top of one another. However, the sheep really liked me and it wiggled it’s tail when I scratched it’s back. The bunnies were very cute too. View all my pictures from the Ghost Train on Flickr.

After a lovely sushi dinner, we went back to Stanley Park to ride the 8:00 train. I loved the aesthetics of it all. The sets were incredible and it was really neat how the actors engaged the audience without really speaking. The soundtrack played inside the train and was a variety of music including a creepy reading of The Jabberwocky and God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols. I definitely would go see another Mortal Coil production, they are the local performance company that presented Alice in Nightmareland. My only complaint is that there were no actors for the Mad Hatter’s tea party (my favourite part!)

Enter if you Dare... the Stanley Park Ghost Train

Enter if you Dare... the Stanley Park Ghost Train

Alice in Nightmareland map

Alice in Nightmareland map

Ghost Train waiting at the Station

Ghost Train waiting at the Station

There goes the White Rabbit!

There goes the White Rabbit!

The Queen of Hearts yelling at us (on stilts!)

The Queen of Hearts yelling at us (on stilts!)

As we were leaving, we ran into a family of raccoons. They were so tame because people are constantly feeding them in the park. Also on the drive home, we saw Science World all lit up like a pumpkin! (It normally has white lights and looks like a golf ball). Highlight of the evening!!

Science World is a PUMPKIN for Halloween weekend!