New Hope Valley Railway offers Halloween & BBQ-Themed Railroad Days

This fall, New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), The Triangle’s Train, is offering its traditional Halloween train rides in October and hosting a new family-friendly barbecue and craft beer event in November at the rail yard located 30 minutes southeast of Raleigh.

Track or Treat Halloween Express transports passengers on a spooky ride during three Saturdays — Oct. 15, 22 and 29, and the new Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo takes place Sunday, Nov. 13.

Track or Treat Halloween Express

New Hope Valley Railroad - HalloweenIn its 21st season, the Track or Treat Halloween Express transforms NHVR’s steam engine into a Ghost Train that at mid-way point turns around on a second set of tracks enveloped in heavy mist with spooky décor and eerie noises. Riders will see interactive Halloween scenes along the track, including flying witches and a 13-foot tall grim reaper.

After the train ride there is more to see and do throughout the rail yard like the popular singing pumpkins, a new Count Cluckula kids’ game and a stand-alone caboose featuring a gallery of creepy artwork.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costumes and take advantage of the many photo opportunities.

“Even though this is our 21st year of offering our Halloween train rides, we keep it fresh and fun by adding new decorations and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy,” said Shannon Curtin, who has coordinated the event for nearly a decade. “While there are other Halloween events in the Triangle, the Track or Treat Halloween Express is the only one that includes a ride on a real train.”

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Apex, Top This and Frank’s My Way will serve food truck fare that includes a kid-friendly menu.

Tickets are $13 each for adults and children, with kids under age 2 free. The Halloween event is family-friendly, but earlier departure times are recommended for younger children. Visit to view train departure times and purchase tickets.

Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo

Take advantage of the cooler weather by enjoying a relaxing one-hour train excursion and eating some pit-roasted barbecue during NHVR’s new Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo event on Sunday, Nov. 13.

New Hope Valley Railroad - BBQ & BeerEastern- and western-style North Carolina barbecue will be available for purchase, along with traditional sides. Visitors get to choose from a variety of sauces to enjoy with their barbecue.

Fortnight Brewing Company will pour some of its most popular craft beers – including its Porter and Blonde Ale. Visitors can drink wine from RagApple Lassie Vineyard and listen to classic rock music played by Last Band Standing from 2 to 5 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the train ticket price and alcohol won’t be served until noon.

The rail yard is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first train departing at 11 a.m. and the last train leaving at 3 p.m.

“Barbecue is a staple in our state and most North Carolinians have strong opinions on which is best– eastern or western. This event celebrates the different barbecue styles and gives visitors the opportunity to sample other sauces as well,” said Dave Chasco, NHVR marketing director and trainmaster. “Beer, BBQ & Choo Choo is the last regular ride day of our season before our Holiday Santa Trains begin in December.”