In the spirit of Halloween, Burke Lake Park will be hosting the 30th annual Ghost Train to celebrate the coming of autumn to the area. The Ghost Train will be running on Oct. 23, 24, 30, and 31. Rides start at 10 a.m. and the last train departs at 5:15 p.m. Ticket sales will be available during the day until 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $4.50 per person and children under 2 ride for free. All those who come are encouraged to wear costumes.
In past years, the event has had 1,500 to 2,000 riders per day, mostly children accompanied by their parents. Throughout the train’s route will be Halloween themed decorations provided by Northern Virginia Community College, the event’s sponsor. The decorations include bales of hay, cobwebs lining the trees and volunteers dressed in costume that engage the riders along the way.
“It’s not a scary ride, it’s fun,” said Matthew Kaiser, deputy public information officer for Fairfax County Park Authority. “During the ride, the train stops and the operators give the children candy. I took my son last summer. He really liked it. Everyone was dressed up, and we had a lot of fun.”
Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. For more information contact the park at 703-323-6600