~~PHANTOM TRAIN EXPERIENCE~~
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October, with a final fright on Halloween night
When you’re dying to tap into everything dreaded, climb aboard Verde Canyon Railroad’s stationary railcar display where a frightening monster squad will make all your nightmares come true. Screeching train wheels and an oncoming locomotive headlight will greet you as you enter, right before the unexpected drops you into an abyss of phobias including snake dens, spider webs, deranged clowns, monsters under beds, dangling electrified wires and snarling wild animals. Every ghoul wants this bloody experience checked off his bucket list. What more could any Fright Night offer?
For the young ghosts, goblins and Superheroes, a trick or treat village awaits. Pumpkin painting, spooky music and a Frankenstein’s feast is on the menu for the entire family.
Around every corner of the interior train maze, dimly lit with odd, blinking lights, saturated with eerie noises and infused with an occasional whiff of disgusting, there is a frightful lineup. Not meant for small children or those with weak stomachs, you’ll see Dr. Freak’s autopsy room for those still living, sight phantoms of the tracks who materialize and then suddenly evaporate, observe a ghostly custodian cleaning up bloody passenger remains and peek into a beautifully ornate mirror where your own image will become your greatest fear. Those willing to enter Fright Night at Verde Canyon Railroad will have all five senses highly stimulated during this perfectly haunted Halloween ritual.
Meet Your Hosts for the Evening!
Mad Matt suffered some anger management issues before he decided to join the traveling circus and ride the rails to interact with the big tent goers. He has assured us that his past issues are not under control and urges everyone to “come a little bit closer.”
Doctor Macabre couldn’t make a living without live patients so he became a butcher and opened up a deli on the train. With a plethora of rats, snakes and spiders as condiments, he was able to fill his refrigerators with exotic meats that have an unusual human scent. The deli cooler also doubles as the morgue. How convenient for the good doctor.
Before arriving at Verde Canyon Railroad, Gruesome Grim worked as a carnival barker, hyena trainer, clown wrangler and lowdown dirty criminal. Now he spends his days pitching back and forth in a creaking rocker, while groaning in harmony to the scratching and whining sounds coming from the coffins and headstones in transport, and especially to Luna’s cries, who just managed to escape.
Psycho Simon was being transported to the asylum for the insane before the train derailed and he became trapped in his cage for eternity. Don’t listen too closely to his ramblings because he’ll try to convince you that the roundhouse yard dogs that found their way onto the crazy train looking for food aren’t vicious. Because they’re starving, they’ll be licking their chops and snarling as you sneak by.
Handsome Hank was once the premier engineer at Verde Canyon Railroad, but, 100 years past retirement age, he finally confessed that he “misses guiding ghouls into the canyon and would gladly crawl out from inside his tomb any time the Railroad called him back to work.” Usually a quiet man, from time to time, it isn’t uncommon to hear him belt out a bloodcurdling squeal that echoes the screech of a dry train’s wheel on a rail.
Once the star of a television kiddie show, Chilling Chuck decided that become a sinister celebrity was more his style. He’s actually dying to spend time with you on the ghost train, but don’t count on him showing you the way out. You may never be able to leave.
This is a stationary display and is not a train ride. While advance reservations are not required, they are recommended. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the Book Now button or at the train depot. Check the calendar for dates and times of operation. Not suggested for young children. Use your own discretion.