Griffith Park Ghost Train 2017 Review

After going on hiatus in 2016, the Griffith Park Ghost Train is back and better than ever!

Have you ever wondered whether there was a single location where you could see Halloween displays with maximum variety? Well the Griffith Park Ghost Train is indeed the place. Passengers aboard the miniature train will encounter a multitude of displays, featuring every kind of Halloween character imaginable: living plant monsters, skeletons, phantoms, dolls, vampires, werewolves, and even clowns - there’s something for everyone.  Whether it’s a fully enclosed corridor or a set on the side of the tracks, there are enough thrills to fill a dozen theme parks.

Guests can enjoy live music from a local band outside the ticket line. Once you enter, there is a completely decked out train station with props and pyro - including a brand-new display featuring a fire-breathing dragon (mechanical) and a maniacal witch (computer-generated projection). After boarding beneath a whimsical “Happy Halloween” sign in colorful LED lights, guest are "chased" off by a grumpy talking tree, after which they experience a twenty-minute ride that overwhelms its joyful presentation of Halloween, ending with a special nod to the holiday classic, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Griffith Park Ghost Train is not a full-on scary Halloween attraction like the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride; however, the new version has a few more sinister scenes than before, and there is a sign stating that certain props and displays maybe too intense for young viewers. Certain animatronics pop up at unexpected moments, providing a brief fright, but judging from the happy reactions of young children, this is still a "family-friendly" event,

Tickets are $20, which averages out to $1 per minute which is an incredible deal for what the Ghost Train delivers. Tickets may be sold out online, but you can buy them in person. Parking is free on-site and on the street.  Snacks and merchandise are also available. Definitely worth checking out - get there early!

The Los Angeles Live Steamers Ghost Train concludes on October 31. Hours are 7-10pm. The address is 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Get more info at lals.org.

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