Celebrate the Halloween Season Aboard the Spookomotive Train Ride in Old Sacramento

All aboard for Halloween fun!  The Spookomotive train ride in Sacramento is once again being offered by the California State Parks and California State Railroad Museum & Foundation for four weekends in October leading up to Halloween.


The whimsically decorated and diesel-powered train car is crawling with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks and staffed by a “skeleton crew”.  This event is perfect for families and everyone is encouraged to dress up to get into the Halloween spirit.



The Spookomotive departs from the Central Pacific Freight Depot on Front Street and K Streets in Old Sacramento, where all guests will enjoy a fun-filled, forty-five minute train ride along the Sacramento River.

Themes:
Each operating weekend the Spookomotive train ride will have a special theme that includes exciting on board entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat:
  • October 5 & 6: Superheroes & Villains
    • The train has been compromised by a sinister super-villain. Gather your superpowers and cheer on the superhero to help them defeat the super-villain and save the day.
  • October 12 & 13: Pirates & Princesses
    • The train has been captured by a dreadful pirate! Wear your best eye-patch and practice your "Argh!" to help the good pirate save the train and send the dreadful pirate to walk the plank!
  • October 19 & 20: Witches & Wizards
    • A wicked witch has put an evil curse on the train! Grab your wand and cast a magic spell to help the good witch break the evil curse and save the train!
  • October 26 & 27: Superheroes & Villains
    • The train has been compromised by a sinister super-villain. Gather your superpowers and cheer on the superhero to help them defeat the super-villain and save the day.
The Spookomotive has hourly departures from 11 AM to 4 PM and tickets can be purchased online in advance here.

Pricing:
If you are a member of the California State Railroad Museum you can enjoy discounted ticket prices from the prices listed below.  Prices have slightly increased over the years, but overall I feel it's still a great value for those looking for some Halloween fun.

2018 Pricing for the Sppokomotive Train Ride
Coach Prices: 
  • General Coach: $15 adult; $8 youth (ages 2-17)
  • Kids under age 2 do not require a ticket and must be seated on an adult's lap during the train ride.
First Class Prices:
  • General First Class: $29 adult; $19 youth (ages 2-17)
  • Kids under age 2 do not require a ticket and must be seated on an adult's lap during the train ride.
The First Class Experience:
If you decide to upgrade to first class, you'll enjoy themed entertainment along with the excitement of the Mad Scientist and his crew of minions, along with their funny jokes and games perfect for keeping kids of all ages entertained. 



The laboratory is decorated with a display of crazy experiments fit for the mad Doctor himself.





First Class guests also receive refreshments on board (water or apple juice) and a special Halloween cookie.


I've enjoyed the Spookomotive train ride with my family the past few years and plan on taking my family again this year as well - it's the perfect family-friendly event in Sacramento to get into the Halloween spirit!



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