Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival Returns Sept. 25

Tweetsie Railroad will once again transform into a frighteningly fun world when the sun goes down as it celebrates its annual Ghost Train® Halloween Festival, Friday and Saturday nights September 25 through Halloween night. Daytime visitors can still enjoy all the Wild West adventure they’ve come to expect from Tweetsie, but the park will take a chilling turn when the sun goes down. The park has a variety of tricks and treats that are best suited to the bravest souls, as well as ones more appropriate for younger guests.

The leaves are starting to turn in the High Country which makes Fall the perfect time to plan a visit to Tweetsie to take in the beautiful colors and crisp mountain air during peak leaf season in one of the most popular fall travel destinations in the country: the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tweetsie Fall Leaves

The chilling sound of a long train whistle echoing through a fall High Country night signals that it¹s time once again for Tweetsie Railroad¹s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival. Guests from far and wide plan their trips each year to enjoy Tweetsie¹s family-friendly Halloween celebration and leaf season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This year¹s Ghost Train will take place Friday and Saturday nights from September 25 through Halloween night. Admission is $34 for adults and children. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Ordering advance tickets online at is strongly recommended.


Daytime visitors can still enjoy all of the Wild West family fun and adventure they’ve come to expect from Tweetsie Railroad. But beware when the sun goes down: the park is transformed into a world filled with frights and delights around every corner. This year, guests are invited to join monster hunters and news media as they try to uncover the truth behind rumors of bizarre and vicious creatures reported to be roaming the mountains. The mystery will unfold when the gates open at 7:30 p.m. and Ghost Train howls its way through the night.

Named as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, a ride on the Ghost Train is just the beginning. Take a stroll through the Freaky Forest and encounter dark surprises along the way. Visit the Boneyard and find your way through a 3-D Maze, a disorienting Black Hole and a mystifying Warp Tunnel. Or check out Tweetsie’s Haunted House, where 13 frightening rooms await brave visitors that dare to enter.

Younger guests need not fear: the Ghost Train® Halloween Festival is safe, scary fun for all ages. Enjoy the spooktacular black light show at the Haunted Palace Saloon. Join in the lively dance party on Tweetsie¹s Main Street. Take a spin on the amusement rides at the Creepy Carnival. Children can collect plenty of sweet treats while trick-or-treating throughout the park.

Fun Facts about Tweetsie Railroad¹s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival:

  • Tweetsie Railroad¹s Ghost Train Halloween Festival began in 1990 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.
  • It takes six months to prepare the park for the Ghost Train Halloween Festival.
  • 200 employees are required to entertain all of the guests.
  • Professional costumers and makeup artists transform Tweetsie employees into Halloween haunters.
  • The Ghost Train makes up to 10 haunting trips each night of the event.

Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays August 17 through November 1. The 2015 season endsSunday, November 1. The park¹s Wild West themed hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Opening day for Tweetsie’s 2016 season is April 8, 2016.

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2015 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie on Facebook at and Twitter and Instagram, @TweetsieRR.