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Riding on the Ghost Train

October 22, 2012
By Garrett Neese ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - For this year's Ghost Train, children got to pick their level of spookiness.

For the first time, the annual event, put on each year by the Houghton County Historical Society, was split into two times: one for younger children and a more ghoulish version for older kids.

"We don't want to scare 4-, 5-year-old children," said John Berry of the HCHS. "The point is not to frighten children, the point is to have them enjoy themselves."

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Visitors to the Houghton County Historical Society’s Halloween celebration Saturday find out the reason for the name “Ghost Train” Saturday in Lake Linden. This year’s event was considered likely to break last year’s mark of 705 riders.

For the Ghost Train, families boarded the historical society's steam locomotive for a ride around the grounds, punctuated with encounters with witches and other scary sights.

Visitors could also brave a haunted house, or have their face painted to look like vampires or other creatures.

The Ghost Train has been going on for several years, but has really taken off for the last three, Berry said. Last year's event drew 705 riders; midway through Saturday, they looked to be on pace to break that record.

The train drew in Kara Applekamp of Marquette, who was driving by with her children when they saw it from the road.

"It was great," she said. "They had fun going on a train for the first time."

Like last year, there were 50 volunteers, including the Hubbell Volunteer Fire Department, students from the Lake Linden High School Honor Society, the Houghton High School drama club, Michigan Technological University's Railroad Club, Girl Scouts of Calumet-Laurium and numerous community and historical society volunteers.



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