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Family-friendly Halloween celebration to benefit local food pantry

Published October 28. 2011 05:01PM

Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display will host "A Haunted Train Display" through Halloween - Monday, October 31. It is geared to "children of all ages" and will feature an old-fashioned Halloween celebration. This family-friendly attraction is located on the second floor of the Hooven Mercantile Building at 41 Susquehanna Street (Route 209) in Jim Thorpe, next to the Train Station.

Free trick-or-treats will be handed out to all children up to age 13 who visit the model train display in costume. These children - accompanied by a paying adult - will also be admitted free to the attraction. In addition, the celebration features a Halloween costume contest; miniature haunted houses and other fall-themed details on the model train display; spooky sounds and songs of Halloween; and more - all decorated for the "spooktacular" Halloween season!

"This is NOT a haunted house, so nothing will jump out and scare you," said spokeswoman Erica Heery. "It's just good old-fashioned Halloween fun."

Each guest who brings two non-perishable food items to the attraction will receive a $1 discount off the price of admission. In order to receive multiple discounts, each person in the party must present two non-perishable food items. All donations will be given to the community food pantry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton, a division of Shepherd House, Inc.

Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume for the free Halloween costume contest- including adults. Photos of all who dress up will be posted on a special section of the attraction's website to be voted upon by guests to the website. The winner will receive a "spooktacular" award, a fun train-themed basket, an 8x10 photo, and the winning photo will be featured on the website.

Open year-round since 1985, this highly-detailed model train display measures 47 feet by 22 feet and features 13 separate mainlines measuring 1,087 feet of track, with some engines pulling as many as 50 railroad cars; over 200 structures - including skyscrapers, houses, churches and stores; a burning building; an old-fashioned football stadium being prepared for a home town game; and much, much more.

Located adjacent to the model train display, Old Mauch Chunk Hobby and Gift Shop is stocked with model railroading merchandise, souvenirs, and gift items. It is also now home to locally handmade primitive crafts.

For more information concerning Old Mauch Chunk Model Train Display, visit or contact the Heery Family at (570) 325-4371 or

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