The Revenge of Prof. Peppercorn

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 29, 2011
The Revenge of Prof. Peppercorn

Tweetsie’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival rolls into the Blowing Rock theme park Sept. 30 and runs through Oct. 29.
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Little is known about the mad scientist known as Professor Peppercorn.

He graduated from Appalachian State University’s Mad Sciences Department in 1989 with a degree in reanimation, worked for a brief time at Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train, and then simply vanished from the High Country.

Sources at Tweetsie Railroad stated this week that Peppercorn, madder than ever, has returned to Tweetsie’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival. His madness will be on display on Friday and Saturday evenings from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29.

The 22nd season of Tweetsie’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival will take revelers on a fright night of “spooktacular” proportions. Visitors can take a ride through the night on the locomotive with conductor Casey Bones, walk through the haunted house, stroll through the Freaky Forest, take in the Boneyard and venture into the 3-D Maze and disorienting Black Hole.

Although some attractions are recommended for adults and older children (haunted house), there are plenty of shows and attractions for the youngest guests. Kids can participate in traditional trick-or-treating throughout the park, enjoy the black light show, ride the amusement rides and play games at the Creepy Carnival.

Be on the lookout for Professor Peppercorn and his ghoulish dancers as you walk down Tweetsie’s Main Street. They will be doing some incredibly cool choreography sure to make you want to join in the fun.


Gates open for Tweetsie’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival each night at 7:30 p.m. Due to the popularity of the event, a limited number of tickets are available for each evening. Many nights sell out, and ordering advance tickets online is strongly recommended.

Admission is $28 for adults and children. Kids ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Print-at-home tickets are available at

Tweetsie Railroad’s regular Wild West theme park will be open now through Oct. 30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The park’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. for the Ghost Train.

For more information, call (828) 264-9061, or visit

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