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Halloween Night at the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway

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by Tamara Spargo (subscribe)
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Celebrate Halloween with a night of spook-tacular train fun
Looking for something to do on Halloween that's just a little spooky, perhaps just a trifle eerie and a whole lot of fun? Head on down to the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway on 31st October 2015 for the annual Halloween Night Run. But never fear—it won't be too scary, and what better way to celebrate this spook-tacular night than on the back of a toot-tooting miniature train?

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
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The railway opens at 5pm, and the festivities will continue through the evening, finishing just as darkness begins to fall over the mini tracks and trains and station buildings. And the best part is Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so your little goblins and ghouls and wizards and witches can stay till 9pm without school beckoning them in the morning.

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Halloween night on the trains will be all the more spooky once darkness falls (Image used with permission from Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.)


Train rides are $2.50 each (cash only please), and free for children under 4 years old. And to really get into the Halloween spirit a costume is—of course—a given. And not just for the little ones—no, no, adults are all the more encouraged to dress up too! There are prizes for the best costumes, so let your imagination go wild and get the whole family dressed up in costumes to spook and scare and thrill and chill. Perhaps The Adams Family? The Munsters? A family of ghosts? Or for something a little less spooky, a family of superheroes or even a royal family of fairy tale proportions? (It's pretty safe to say there will be more than a couple of little girls doing their best Frozen impressions as they sashay about in their Anna and Elsa princess dresses).

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Get the whole family into the spirit and get dressed up for the occasion. (Image used with permission from Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.)


To keep hungry little appetites at bay during the fun, the railway kiosk will be open on the night selling sausages and drinks, but you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy as you watch the trains tootle around and the children frolic on the grass. Why not have a little fun with your food and make it as spooky and as Halloween-esque as you can. Cupcakes with orange icing and black spider webs piped on the top; cocktail franks with 'blood' ketchup; green 'slime' guacamole dip and sandwiches cut into the shapes of bones. Green olives make great eyeballs, and Dutch carrots almost look like gnarled fingers—chop the ends off, stick an almond or a glob of dip on the end to make a fingernail, and your spooky fingers are ready for dipping (even better when the dip is served in a hollowed-out cobb loaf 'cauldron'.)

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.


The miniature railway station will be decked out in true Halloween style, and even the trains will take on a slighty more sinister look for the evening. And for the regular visitors to the railway, you may find it hard to recognise the usual stationmasters and drivers and ticket sellers with their spooky hats and masks, but don't worry—they're still the same friendly folk underneath.

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.


Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway Club.


Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.


Mooroolbark Miniature Railway Club
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.


And of course Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without treats and sweets. Lollies will be handed out to the children throughout the evening at the railway station as they wait to board the trains. Not sure what the kids will be lining up for more—the train rides or the chocolate and candy? (For me, it'd be the latter…wonder if the stationmasters would notice if an adult-sized Anna or Elsa slipped into the queue and swiped a handful of chocolate treats?).

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
There'll be sweats and treats galore for the children. (Image used with permission from Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.)


The Mooroolbark Miniature Railway has been operating from Kiloran Reserve since 1983, and their annual Halloween Night Run is one of the biggest events on their calendar. Run and managed entirely by devoted volunteers, they'll be on board to make this year's Halloween festivities a fun and just-spooky-enough night for you and your family to enjoy. Get there early to secure a picnic table, or bring your own blanket and fold-out chairs, and settle in for an evening of giggles and cackles, spooks and hoots.

Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.


Mooroolbark Miniature Railway
Image used courtesy of the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway.
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Why? For the best way to celebrate the spookiest night of the year—on the back of a miniature train!
When: Saturday 31st October, 5pm - 9pm
Phone: (03) 9723 1025
Where: Kiloran Reserve, Hawthory Road, Mooroolbark, Victoria, 3138
Cost: Train rides $2.50 each; free for children four. Sausages and drinks available for purchase from the kiosk. Note the railway is a cash only venue.
Your Comment
What a good low cost family outing. I'd rather see the kids at something like this than trick or treating in the streets.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 1360 days ago
What a nice Halloween Event for both young and old:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1367 days ago
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