The Tennessee Valley Railroad sends this vintage train down the tracks across four bridges and through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Passengers disembark at the Funhouse Station and enter a funhouse area of 20 rooms of “old time” gentle thrills (no jump scares, and it’s not a haunted house), storytelling and games like blacklight mini golf. The experience is an hour and a half and kids go home with a treat bag and a mini pumpkin.
A night train carries a very particular allure, and a haunted ghost train even more. Staring out the window, wondering if you’re going to see another entity in the reflection with you, passing through lonesome, dark stretches of forest or meadow...we love a ghost train! Maybe there’s a zombie out there trying to board when the train slows down; maybe an ax murderer is working his way forward from the caboose. Who knows? All we know is that it’s deliciously scary and we’re totally “on board” with it. Now that it’s October, the time of year is upon us when we have to buy our tickets (these excursions often sell out) and dress up to join the other passengers on the ride that may—scratch that, will—end in terror.