Among the Best Halloween Haunts in L.A.
Hollywood Gothique Says:
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride ranks among the most frightening ways to enjoy Halloween – a half-hour journey through the sinister surroundings of the abandoned Griffith Park Old Zoo, where the demons of Hell emerge to torment unwary souls. The event also features a carnivalesque scare zone, walk-through, interactive attractions, live entertainment, and other activities – a full evening’s worth of tricks and treats!
Griffith Park Old Zoo
4730 Crystal Springs Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2019 Dates: September 28; October 4-6, 11-13, 16-20, 23-31; November 1-2.
Hours: 7pm - 10:30pm Sunday-Thursday; 7pm - midnight Friday-Saturday
Tickets: Prices start at $29.99 for Hayride only, $39.99 for General Admission, $49.99 for VIP, and $109.99 for Platinum VIP. Prices vary by date.
2019 Update: This Halloween, the Haunted Hayride presents "Midnight Falls," set in a small town hosting its 13th annual Halloween Festival. Strangely, "the town is always celebrating Halloween and it’s always 1985. But that doesn’t stop the citizens from enjoying the festival’s bizarre celebratory offerings. Visiting the Midnight Falls residents in the town square, neighborhoods and exploring the local establishments reveal more of the strange and sinister secrets behind this eerie town." Attractions include the Town Square, Trick or Treat, Midnight Mortuary, Roadkill Ranch, and of course the Haunted Hayride. Also featured are mini-escape games.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride History
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride made its debut in 2009 at 26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302. That Halloween, it featured the Hayride itself and a small carnival area with booths and games.
For 2010, the Hayride moved to Griffith Park's Old Zoo, where it remained much the same while taking advantage of the new territory, including abandoned cages. A second attraction was added, the In-Between Dark Maze. There were also fairground type rides and mobile food trucks. The Haunted Hayride remained much the same for the next few years, though the carnival element was reduced: the Purgatory scare zone, with its house of mirrors and scary-go-round, remained, but the traditional fairgrounds-style rides were removed.
For Halloween 2014, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride completely revamped the ride itself with a new theme, Echoes from the Rift. The event also expanded with two new walk-through attractions, House of the Horsemen and Seven Sins Sideshow. The apocalyptic theme explored what happens when the gates of Hell yawn open to disgorge a horde of demons upon the Earth.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Interview
Learn more about the Haunted Hayride and its history in our interview with the event's creator, Melissa Carbone:
- The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is not recommended for children under 10.
- No smoking or fires on the premises
- No alcohol on the property
- Do not touch oak trees; do not touch actors; stay in wagon at all times
- No costumes allowed.
- The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is committed to scaring its victims without scaring the local wildlife.
- Parking is free
- Cash only at box office.
- Tickets may be purchased in advance online with credit card, but you must bring your credit card and i.d. to pick up the tickets at the box office.
- Super Saver discounts are available for slow weeknights.
- Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more.