Haunted Train offers Halloween thrills
Anyone seeking to be scared or try a new type of haunted house should head to the Midland Depot this weekend for the annual Haunted Train.
The event sponsored by the Baldwin City Community Theater and the Midland Depot will be running its final trains Friday and Saturday nights. The trains depart at 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m. The first train is designed more toward younger children, with the last train being the spookiest.
“Last weekend went really well,” said Samantha Cheek, BCCT event organizer. “We had good crowds on Friday and amazing crowds on Saturday. I hope we sell out all of our trains this weekend. We usually have a tendency for bigger crowds the closer we get to Halloween. So after our big crowds last week, I’m hoping for a bigger turnout this week.”
Guests will ride the train to Norwood and back with thrills along the way. They will also walk through a haunted house while the train is moving down the tracks.
“We always laugh that one of the scariest parts of the trip is getting from one train to another and getting inside the haunted house,” Cheek said. “So, as the train is moving, you are walking along, trying to get from place to place.”
The Haunted Train offers local residents entertainment for the Halloween season.
“We always say, ‘if nothing else, it’s a lot of fun,’” Cheek said. “It’s something different to do. We’ve had several people tell us that it has scared them, and they didn’t expect it to be that fun. Almost all of our riders are from outlying towns and not many are from Baldwin.”
The Haunted Train costs $14 for adults and $7 for children. It is a fundraiser for Midland and BCCT, both of which are non-profit organizations. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Midland Depot is at 1515 High Street on the west side of Baldwin City.
“I don’t think a lot of people realize that this is a fundraiser for two non-profit groups,” Cheek said. “This is one of our annual fundraisers, so we can keep the Midland Railway open and so the Baldwin City Community Theater can have productions throughout the year.”