Trains, trick and treats hallmarks of the new Halloween Express

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Portion of proceeds to benefit the Vermont Foodbank
Observer staff report
Locals can enjoy Halloween in a whole new way aboard the Halloween Express on Oct. 30 and 31 at the Burlington waterfront.
Williston Publishing & Promotions, the company that owns the Williston Observer, is launching the new event, which features a Halloween party at Burlington’s Main Street Station and a spirited 60-minute train ride from the station to Shelburne and back—all while taking in the season’s sights and sounds. Locally sourced food and drinks from Sugarsnap will be available for purchase at the train station party and on the train rides. Costumes are encouraged. All ages are welcome.
“Take all the fun that comes with Halloween—supercharge it with a festive train ride—and you’ve got Halloween Express. It’s a whole new way to celebrate with your family and friends,” said Marianne Apfelbaum, co-owner of Williston Publishing & Promotions and an organizer of the event.
Ticketholders are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy a fun Halloween party atmosphere prior to boarding the train. The festivities include music and activities. In addition, ticketholders can get a complimentary photo with their family and friends at the photo booth, with suggested cash donation to benefit the Vermont Foodbank.
There are three different ride experiences available.
The Kids Express Train Rides depart at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day (with an additional 10 a.m. train on Oct. 31) and feature a family-friendly environment with fun activities and costumed characters including Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen,” Batman and many more. A surprise gift will be given to kids as they exit the train.
For those who are prepared to be scared, the Haunted Express Train Rides depart at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The October Theatre Company, Inc. is collaborating with Williston Publishing & Promotions to produce the Haunted Express rides.
John Coon is the nonprofit theater company’s president. Coon recently retired after 37 years as a theater director and English teacher at Colchester High School. He has designed haunted attractions for more than 30 years.
“If you want to be scared… really scared, come aboard the Haunted Express. It will be filled with thrills, haunts and surprises,” Coon said.
R.I.P. Express (Really Important People) Bar Car Train Rides depart at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day and feature a VIP experience that includes seasonal sampling of local microbrews paired with localvore appetizers. The ride is for those age 21 and older and an I.D. is required for entry. The R.I.P. car will be a social train with few scary elements.
The Halloween Express will be collecting cash and check donations (no food items) in support of the Vermont Foodbank. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank. In addition, 100 percent of all photo booth and “Monster Donation Jar” donations will be given to the Foodbank. Through programs and a network of 225 food shelves and meal sites, the Vermont Foodbank helps feed as many as 153,000 Vermonters each year.
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