26, 27, 30, 31 October
Dress up in your scariest outfit and join our full size ghost train as we promise ever more Hallowe'en fun!
- Meet Jack and Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
- Goodie bag or gift for children
- Onboard magic
- Fun and spooky things to do at North Weird
- Spooky storytelling
- Ghost Hunt
- Gruesome Graveyard
- Meet the owls from Epping Hawk and Owl Sanctuary at North Weird
- Ghost bus connection from Epping Underground station
This year we have revamped (get it?) the Hallowe'en Ghost Train to make it more fun than ever. With a full-sized ghost train, magic, ghouls, mayhem, a ghost hunt, music, arts and crafts, story-telling and a rattly spooky brake van to delight and thrill in equal measures there's more than ever before at our Hallowe'en Event.
The trains all start from Ongar with a connecting Ghost bus from Epping Underground Station (Central Line, zone 6) included in the fares.
The fun will start at Ongar - look out for the ghost hunt and be sure to admire the gruesome graveyard. Here's where you will have the first chance to meet Jack and Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas", maybe a witch or the Oogie Boogie. They will travel with you to North Weird along with John our magician. If you miss John on the train he's got a show at North Weird - so everyone has chance to see some spooky magic! Once at North Weird look out for the owls, facepainter, storyteller, disco and the spooky rattly brake van rides and maybe you will be in need of a stiff drink from the licensed bar in the marquee. If you're looking for something a bit less active then take the kids to the booking hall at North Weird to meet Jo the Victorian storyteller. Children receive a small gift or goodie bag too!
Whatever you choose to do at our Hallowe'en specials be sure to have a great time
Activities at North Weird
At North Weird, watch out for Jack, Sally, the Witch and other characters.
You can meet the owls from the Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary who will be flying in for a visit!
Make time to visit the marquee where we will have
- spooky hoopla and coconut shy games (additional charges apply),
- our popular childrens disco
- magic shows
- art workshop.
Storytelling will be taking place in the station building at the following times:
- 11.40; 12.35; 13.00; 13.55; 14.20; 15.15; 15.40; 16.35; 17.00; 17.55
- Each session above lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Longer sessions, featuring the Charles Dickens short story, "The Signalman" will take place at the following times:
- 12.00; 13.20; 14.40; 16.00; 17.20
- Each of these sessions lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Spooky rides into Epping Forest
Take a spooky ride into Epping Forest using our "Shark" brake van - it shakes and rattles! Due to limited capacity this will operate on a first come first served basis. These depart from platform 3 at North Weird at frequent intervals for a journey of approximately 10 minutes into Epping Forest.
For an additional charge Cre8tive Faces will be providing spooky facepainting. Check posters at station for times:
Follow the clues and find the 6 spooky ghosts hidden around the Railway! Take a picture of you at each of the ghosts and share them with us on our Facebook Page or Twitter account.The families with the most ghosts will enter a draw to win a prize of 4 Santa Special Tickets for travel on 30 November or 1 December (no cash alternative).
There'll be spooky food to buy and other light refreshments available from our catering outlets at both Ongar and North Weird. Our candy bar will be at North Weird - you can never have enough sweets on Hallowe'en!
On Saturday and Sunday there will be a licensed bar.
Dress up in your scariest outfit and share your pictures on our facebook page. Our best dressed family each day will win a prize!
Trains and buses
Your all inclusive ticket allows you travel on our buses from Epping to Ongar and train travel between Ongar and North Weird Station, all activities listed above (except where additional charge applies), and brake van rides into Epping Forest.
Trains and buses will operate at the following times. You may need to scroll left and right or view in landscape to see the full timetable. You must travel from Epping and Ongar on your booked Ghost Bus and train, but you can return on any train and Ghost Bus of your choice.
|A||B, D||C, D|
|GHOST BUS departs Epping Station||10.30||11.50||13.10||14.30||15.50||17.10|
|GHOST BUS arrives Ongar||10.55||12.15||13.35||14.55||16.15||17.35|
|TRAIN departs Ongar||11.10||12.30||13.50||15.10||16.30||17.50|
|TRAIN arrives North Weird||11.30||12.50||14.10||15.30||16.50||18.10|
A - DOES NOT OPERATE on 30 October
B - DOES NOT OPERATE on 27 October
C - DOES NOT OPERATE on 27 or 30 October
D - The GHOST BUS at 15.50 and 17.10 from Epping DOES NOT OPERATE on 31 October. Trains will still depart from Ongar and North Weird at the times shown.
Return times from North Weird
Trains depart North Weird to return to Ongar at:
- 12.00 (not 30 October); 13.20; 14.40; 16.00; 17.20 (Not 27 October) and 18.40 (not 27 or 30 October).
- You can return on any train of your choice. The Ghost Bus will connect at Ongar to return you to Epping Station (Note: there is no bus connection from the 17.20 and 18.40 trains on 31 October).
Alternatively you can join the return Ghost Bus at North Weird direct to Epping station. The Ghost Bus departs North Weird at:
- 12.45 (not 30 October); 14.05; 15.25; 16.45; 18.05 (not 27 or 31 October) and 19.25 (not 27, 30 or 31 October).
You should allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours for the Ghost Train experience.
Tickets include travel on our train and bus services, all entertainment, except where an additional charge is stated above, and a free gift for all children.
The following great value fares apply:
Adults £16; Children £10.
Under 3s are free - no ticket needed!
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