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Hop on the trolley for Halloween fun and scares

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  • Popular with families, the Fox River Trolley Museum's Pumpkin Trolley offers a ride to the pumpkin patch.

      Popular with families, the Fox River Trolley Museum's Pumpkin Trolley offers a ride to the pumpkin patch.
    RICK WEST | Staff Photographer, 2008

Fox River Trolley Museum

The leaves are turning, the frost is on the pumpkin, and fall activities are beginning at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.

Pumpkin Trolley

It's time to pick out a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch at Coleman Yard. The Pumpkin Trolley will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next two weekends -- Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20.

Regular fares of $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children 3-11 apply, with children ages 2 and younger riding free; pumpkins are $2 apiece.

Children and adults alike can choose from the pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch at Coleman Yard.

Terror Trolley

Tickets are still available for the reserved-seating, after-hours Terror Trolley, which rolls at 7:45 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26.

See what happens when a trip down the line to the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve is interrupted, and you're left to fend against the wild with little more than a trainman holding a lantern.

Survive the walk through the woods and you will be rewarded with hot chocolate and s'mores. No costumes are allowed because staffers want to be able to tell you from the spirits. The event will take place if there is rain, so be sure to dress for inclement weather.

The Terror Trolley is appropriate for junior high school-aged thrill-seekers and older. Fares for this special train are $13.20 for all ages. Reserve seats online at No passes will be honored, and there will be no refunds or exchanges unless a train is canceled.

Sold out

The museum's popular Halloween Ghost Story Trains and Polar Express are sold out. Tickets for both events in 2014 will go on sale next June 1.

The museum's regular season continues 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 3.

The Fox River Trolley Museum is close to home, a real slice of history, and it's fun. The museum is located at 365 S. La Fox St., South Elgin. All workers at the museum are volunteers dedicated to recreating a bygone era.

For more information, call (847) 697-4676.

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