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Halloween: Grand Canyon Pumpkin Patch Train adds days

October 11, 2013|By Chris Erskine
  • Pumpkin Patch participants get in the spirit during opening weekend.
Pumpkin Patch participants get in the spirit during opening weekend. (Grand Canyon Railroad )

The Grand Canyon Railway’s annual Pumpkin Patch Train is in full swing again. And for the first time, advance tickets are on sale.  

After a big turnout on opening weekend, the usual Saturday-Sunday schedules have been expanded to include four weekday dates: Oct. 11, 14, 17 and 18.

The train, which runs through October from Williams, Ariz., offers 90-minute trips that let out at a patch where children have 45 minutes to pick the perfect pumpkin.

The trips leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Prices are $15 for kids ages 2 to 15 and $20 for adults.

Tickets include one pumpkin per child and such activities as a hay bale maze, haunted train car, pumpkin decorating and crafts. Treats include pumpkin pie, caramel apples, hot apple cider and hot chocolate at Williams Depot (additional cost). 

Children and adults are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween finest for the ride.

Advance tickets are available at (800) 843-8724. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Williams Depot.

For more information about the Grand Canyon Railway visit

The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and Pumpkin Patch Train remain open despite the government shutdown of national parks. But the daily train to and from the Grand Canyon is suspended until the park reopens.

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