As a longtime guest of horror-oriented Haunted Hayride (also at Griffith Park), this reviewer had overlooked the locale’s more family-friendly Halloween attractions – Ghost Train and Boney Island. And boy was I missing out! As advertised, “No blood or gore” made for a kinder and gentler (but no less enjoyable) night of spooky fun.
Ghost Train is a ride aboard a mini-train taking you through creepy displays and dioramas which include spirits, zombies, giant bugs and more, with some visuals using the latest in digital imagery. I had never “ridden the rails” through such displays and it made for a neat change-of-pace from the popular walk-thru mazes.
Boney Island sits across the way and is a silly world of skulls and skeletons – human, animal and insect. Don’t worry, they’re simulated, with some set-ups mechanized to allow dancing bones and other antics. The highlight of Boney Island sits near the entrance – a five-story tall “haunted house” with jack-o-lanterns and dancing green fountains synchronized to music, complete with a skeleton “emcee” encouraging us to sing along.
This is a fun way to spend an evening with family and friends, but I encourage you to arrive early or arrange for drop-off transportation as parking, albeit free, is scarce.
Ghost Train runs 7pm to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 and 28 and Tuesday and AWednesday, October 30 and 31. Boney Island is a separate walk-through attraction located at the west end of L.A. Live Steamers, near the Travel Town fence. For more, visit BoneyIsland.com. Ghost Train is offering two online ticket purchase options at lalsrm-ghosttrain2018.event-brite.com – Express Tickets ($30) and Advance Purchase Tickets ($25). Quantities are limited. General Admission Tickets ($20) will be available for purchase at the gate each night of the event. For more, visit Facebook.com/laghosttrain. This attraction is located in Griffith Park, on Zoo Dr., between the Forest Lawn Dr. and Victory Bl. exits of the 134 freeway.