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Valley Heights becomes a ghost town

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Keith Ward

For the first time, Halloween is coming to the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

The Dracular Spectacular, which takes place on Sunday, October 29, will see the museum converted into a spooky play land for the young and old alike.

Volunteer Keith Ward said the idea to host a Halloween themed event was inspired by his trip to the United Kingdom last October.

“Last year I was in England for Halloween and I was blown away by the enthusiasm from an audience outside of London where a heritage Halloween train ride was being offered,” he said.

“People young and old were all dressed up and when I got home, I thought we have to do that here.”

As part of the event, the museum has lots of scary things planned for patrons who dare to come along.

Keith Ward

The Spooky Express, also known as the steam engine train ride, will take passengers to Valley Heights Train Station and back, twice, with some freakish things happening along the way.

The Tram of Terrors will offer those who are more adventurous a scary and stimulating sensory experience.

There will also be a Silly Station competition where budding writers must incorporate Halloween themed Blue Mountains train station names like ‘Voodooford’ into a short story.

Each vintage train carriage will be festooned with Halloween decorations and there will be a wacky witch hunt where the aim of the game is to find as many hidden witches as possible.

The museum opens from 10am until 4pm, with normal admission fees apply.