SPENCER — The North Carolina Transportation Museum will host some seasonal fun this fall, with a Halloween train rolling around the historic grounds for two weekends.
SPENCER — The North Carolina Transportation Museum will host some seasonal fun this fall, with a Halloween train rolling around the historic grounds for two weekends. The Halloween Train will be offered Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24- 25, and again Halloween weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31.
Children and adults are encouraged to get into the spirit, with Halloween costumes welcome on both weekends. The train ride will be decorated for Halloween, with music to match. Each child will receive a ticket for a Halloween treat bag.
Train cars will be limited to 30% capacity and cars will be sanitized between each ride, including seats, windows and handrails. Passengers will board their car through one vestibule door and exit on the opposite side, to limit or eliminate contact between passengers. Cloth face masks are required.
There will be much more to enjoy after the train ride. Hayrides will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each event day, except Sunday, when rides will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The hayrides will offered at a limited capacity to allow for social distancing.
As you tour the museum, children can participate in a Halloween Scavenger Hunt that will have them searching for pumpkins, skeletons and tombstones. Museum buildings are open at 50% capacity, allowing families to visit all of the museum’s regular exhibits, plus temporary exhibits like “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina.”
The Scarecrow Stroll is also currently being offered at the museum, featuring more than 25 scarecrows across the museum’s 60-acre grounds in Spencer, decorated by local businesses, civic groups, community organizations, colleges, and individuals.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, and $4 for children 3-12. Admission including the on-site train ride is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children 3-12. Ages 2 and younger admitted for free. Due to capacity limitations, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
The museum offers online, contact-free ticket purchase at www.nctrans.org. Tickets can also be purchased onsite at the Barber Junction Visitor Center, where social distancing markers and plexiglass shields will separate staff from visitors.
Turntable rides can also be purchased upon arrival for $1 per person, ages 3 and older.
About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The North Carolina Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway steam locomotive repair facility, is located 5 minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem.
The museum is home to the largest remaining operational roundhouse in North America, and numerous structures that represent what was once Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at www.nctrans.org.