Ticket Giveaway: All Aboard The Great Pumpkin Train

Corn Maze, Gem Stone Mine and Free Pumpkins for every child

By Stacey Jones September 30, 2021

Starting October 2nd through October 31st, The Great Pumpkin Train rides the rails every weekend. It’s a beautiful Fall trip along the Delaware River and every child receives a free pumpkin! You may combine any of the events for a full day of family fun. Choose the Corn Maze Train, visit The Susquehanna Mining Company, or simply enjoy a relaxing trip along the Delaware River.

The Great Pumpkin Train: The Great Pumpkin Train runs through the end of October on weekends. Ride our steam train through the beautiful fall landscape of Western New Jersey. Take the train to the pumpkin patch located in a little glade in front of the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns dating from the 1700′s. Once we arrive at the Pumpkin Patch, everyone is welcome to get  off the train and EVERY CHILD can pick their own pumpkin for FREE.

Corn Maze: Come play the game where getting lost is half the fun! This years maze features The Great Pumpkin Train” . To buy tickets visit the ticket office and purchase a  train ride and choose the “Corn Maze” add on. Take the train to the maze where you can have a nice calm picnic lunch in our shaded picnic grove, visit the Susquehanna Mining Company ( for an additional fee) and play the corn maze game. You goal is to make it through each maze and finding each of the 12 check points! Also available for your families enjoyment is  one of a kind 30 foot bouncy COW!

The Susquehanna Mining Company: The original mine shaft is back in production. Come tour the grounds, listen to an interactive history of the Susquehanna Mine, and pan for real gem stones you can take home. One person in each group can “blow the mine” and everyone can witness the mine shaft explosion.* Gemstone Panning is a great activity for all ages.  Participants may find up to 11 ounces of gemstones in a single bag which may include amethyst, rubies, rose quartz, emeralds, crystals, and an arrowhead.  All gems are of high quality and may be suitable for cutting, polishing, and mounting. With every mine train ticket, you will receive one bag of mining ore from the Susquehanna Mine. Upon arriving at the mine site, your guide will tell you the story of Sylas Smith and how he found the mine and about his tragic death which left the mind uncovered until this very year! Next you will walk over the the Susquehanna mines operating sluice, and learn how to pan for gem stones. Once you understand how to pan, give it a try and see if you can find some gems.

Tickets can be purchased at

One very lucky Macaroni Kid Lincroft-Holmdel-Tinton Falls subscriber will win a family four pack of tickets for The Great Pumpkin Train on their choice of a Saturday or Sunday train in October!  Simply click here to enter for your chance to win. All entries must be received by October 7th at 12:00 p.m. to be eligible for the drawing.  One entry per person, per day.  Good luck!