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Halloween Train Rides for Kids in Northern California

Western Railway Museum train and pumpkin patch

All aboard for spooky (and not-so-spooky) Halloween fun! This fall, combine Halloween festivities with a fun family train ride on one of Northern California's historic railroads. Make your reservations now for a train ride this October that you and your kids will never forget.

Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Festival, Suisun City

The Western Railway Museum in rural Solano County holds its celebrated Pumpkin Festival every Saturday and Sunday from October 12–27. Ride a vintage electric express train to the pumpkin patch at Gum Grove Station for pumpkins, tractor rides, games, music, a hay fort, a pumpkin launcher, and pumpkins for sale, of course. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, and $10 for children 2–14. Admission includes museum entry, unlimited train rides, picnic area use, and parking. Reserve your tickets and learn more at www.wrm.org. Read all about our visit to the Western Railway Museum.

Haunted Railroad at Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

Head to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont for a frightfully fun night time train ride through their haunted forest. The spooky but not scary is designed especially for children under 12 (and of course the young at heart, too). This event routinely sells out, so get your tickets early; tickets go on sale at 8 am on September 15 at eventbrite.com—search for "Haunted Train". Tickets cost $12 each for ages 3 and above. Find out more at www.spcrr.org.

Pumpkin Train, Sacramento RiverTrain, Sacramento

Celebrate fall with us aboard the Pumpkin Train! We have planned a fun and exciting train ride filled with activities and games on the way to our very own Pumpkin Patch filled with perfect pumpkins for riders to take home. Meet the farm animals that live on the Hunt Family Farm at the Petting Zoo and enjoy costumed characters, a bouncy house and games. We will have concessions for Mom and Dad, including our Harvest Wine and Beer tasting booth open at Old Town. This 2.5 hour round trip excursion has something for everyone!Rides every weekend in October. Tickets cost $39/adults, $33/children (3–12) and $15/infants (2 and under). Find out more at www.www.sacramentorivertrain.com/pumpkin-train.

Spookomotive Train Ride, California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento

The California State Railroad Museum's Spookomotive Train Ride takes place weekends from October 5–27, and trains depart from the Central Pacific passenger station on Front Street in Old Sacramento hourly from 11 am–4 pm. The historic diesel-powered train is decorated for the season with cornstalks, scarecrows, skeletons, bats, and spiders. Each operating weekend the Spookomotive will have a special theme, including Superheroes & Villains, Pirates & Princesses, and Witches & Wizards, and rides include exciting on-board entertainment and a delicious Halloween treat. Where: Purchase tickets online ticket office day of (if available). Tickets cost $15 adults and $8 for youth 2–17, or $6 and $3 for museum members. Upgrade to first-class tickets ($29 adults, $19 youth) for refreshments and a chance to experience the mad scientist laboratory! Learn more and order tickets at www.californiarailroad.museum

Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton

Join everybody's favorite steam locomotives, Thomas and Percy, for Halloween fun at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains, weekends October 12–27. Take a 25-minute train ride through the redwoods with Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live entertainment, games, activities, and a pumpkin patch. Food and drink available for purchase at the event. Tickets $25 each all ages; parking $10 per car. Find out more at www.roaringcamp.com.

Harvest Haunt Express, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown

Railtown 1897 in the Gold Country town of Jamestown offers family-friendly Harvest Haunt Express train rides on weekends in October. Trains, specially decorated for Halloween and staffed by a “skeleton crew,” depart at 10:30 am, noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Make sure you get into the Halloween spirit and dress up according one of their fun weekly themes: Critters & Creatures (October 5 and 6), Superheroes & Villains (October 12 and 13), Pirates & Princesses (October 19 and 20) and Witches & Wizards (October 26 and 27). Tickets, which include Park admission, cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth 6–17; children 5 and under ride free. Learn more and order tickets in advance at www.railtown1897.org

Pumpkin Express, Skunk Train, Fort Bragg & Willits

This fall, take a train ride into the redwoods to a magical pumpkin patch wonderland. Enjoy seasonal treats on the train, and when you arrive you'll have the opportunity to explore the pumpkin patch and the nearby redwoods, take photos, and choose your very own pumpkin to bring back on the train with you. Tickets from Fort Bragg: $47.95 adults 13 and up, $36.95 ages 2–12, $10.95 under 2 and dogs; from Willits: $52.95 adults 13 and up, $42.95 ages 2–12, $10.95 under 2 and dogs. More info and tickets at www.skunktrain.com.

Photo: Western Railway Museum, Suisun City