SOMERS, N.Y. - The ninth annual Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers provided those who dared to visit this October with several spooky features, including a multi-tables, detailed model Lionel Train exhibit.
Inside the main house, a series of eerily decorated rooms, such as a fortune teller's cave, a spooky forest full of witches and a haunted den were available for guests to walk through. Volunteer Sue Moga performed a storytelling dressed as a witch.
For those who ventured outside, the garden paths were lined with shadowy figures and other creepy props. A dinosaur garden and Area 51 recreation could also be explored. The main attraction and headline to the annual event, however, was the Halloween Train display.
Paul Zhan, the assistant manager of Lasdon Park and Arboretum and the primary train exhibit creator, began building the display nine years ago. Back then, it featured a single train going around a creepy coffin. Now, the spread has grown to include several trains weaving through various fantasy worlds, vividly brought to life by detailed figurines, smoke, blinking lights and interactive buttons. This year, the exhibit featured a mash-up of several themes rather than sticking to one as it has in the past, Zahn said. Themes included “Sweeney Todd,” “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” a dragon park, dinosaurs, “Harry Potter” and Area 51.
“It's not all me,” Zahn said. "Everybody adds a little bit. It's a real labor of love.”
Zahn recounted nights when he was at the park until midnight assembling the show.
“People seem to really enjoy it," he said. “You see the kids' eyes light up.”
Guests are encouraged to walk around the display several times, he added, to take in all the details.