Griffith Park Old Zoo
4730 Crystal Springs Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2016 Dates: October 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 26-31
2016 Attractions: The Haunted Hayride’s Secret Society of Samhain; Ouija: Origin of Evil in the Dark Maze; Trick-or-Treat interactive walk-through; Purgatory haunted village.
Hours: 7pm to 10:30pm on weekdays, 7pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
Tickets: $32 for Hayride only, $44 for all attractions, $60 for VIP front-of-the-line, $1,495 for private wagon
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride ranks among the best ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles – a half-hour tour of terror through the haunted grounds of the Griffith Park Old Zoo, where the demons of Hell emerge to torment your soul. Also on view are a trio of walk-through mazes, a carnivalesque Purgatory scare zone, and several other attractions, such as Theatre Macabre, a Scary-Go-Round, a House of Mirrors, Psychics, Freak Shows, a pumpkin-carving shack, and Death Row and Death Row (which allows a look at deadly devices from history).
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Haunted Hayride History
L.A. Haunted Hayride made its Los Angeles 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.
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- They 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.