The Texas State Railroad Pumpkin Patch express offers a family friendly event all month long in Oct.


Each Saturday and Sunday in October, the Texas State Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express will roll out of the Rusk Depot, and head for the Pumpkin Patch.

All guests, adults and children, are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for this special train ride event. The train will depart at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day for a 25 minute train ride to the Pumpkin Patch. During the ride each child will be given a color-your- own Halloween trick or treat bag and crayons to color it with. At the pumpkin patch there will be trick or treating at Trick or Treat Street.

Children can pick their own pumpkin to take home. There’s also a hay ride, a bubble station and temporary tattoo station, two bounce houses, the always popular corn box and lots of new games! There are also swings, a tire tunnel and a bumpy slide for children.

Sno Coney Island will be on hand selling food, snacks and drinks. On the train ride back to the depot, each child will be given a pumpkin decorating kit for their pumpkin. Tickets for the event range from $15 to $65 and include the train ride and an hour’s worth of activities at the pumpkin patch. There are three classes of seating to choose from. Standard Class includes both coach and open air cars located within close proximity to the on-board concession stand. Lone Star Class includes seating at four-top tables in climate controlled cars with an attendant serving complimentary snacks and drinks. Diamond Class offers seating 16-feet above the rails in a double-decker, stainless steel dome car. This class of service also provides tabled seating, a climate controlled environment and attendants serving complimentary snacks and drinks.

Guests are encouraged to arrive 45-60 minutes prior to departure time. For more information, go to or follow the Texas State Railroad on Facebook. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 903-683- 3098 locally, or toll free at 877-726- 7245.

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