The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns for another Halloween's worth of outdoor screams. Ten Thirty One Productions promises us even more horror than before, with an expanded hayride featuring new horror scenes and a 360-degree scare experience guaranteed to get you wet. (Panchos will be provided in case you forget to bring your rain coat.) Besides the Hayride, there will be a "bigger and taller" In-Between Maze that plunges you into near-total darkness, and also a carnivalesque sideshow titled Purgatory.
The 2012 theme is “The Congregation.” The back story from the official website tells us:
While playing in the woods surrounding the Old Zoo, the Clifton Twins discovered a strange playmate – a little boy named Aleister. The boy had no family, no one could understand how he had survived. He would barely speak, and if he did, he preached a dark religion he had learned from the presence in the woods. Soon, he gathered a flock of followers, the Clifton Family included. And on that faithful night, when all perished in a horrific church fire, Aleister’s black eyes glowed against the flicker of the match.
Tonight, Aleister and his followers have returned to mark you as a witness to the prequel of past years. Crawl deeper into the story and examine the darkness he brought onto the community and what occurred before that fateful night the church fire killed the whole village. Ride with us as we explore the powerful hand of cults.
The L.A. Haunted Hayride jumped immediately to the top of the funeral pyre when it made its debut back in 2009, so mark you calendars and make sure you see what they have unearthed this year.
Location: Griffith Park Old Zoo 4730 Crystal Springs Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Dates: This year, the Haunted Hayride will be open on October 5-6, 11-14, 18-21, 24-28, 31.
Box Office Hours: 7pm to 10:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, and October 31; 7pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays The hayride runs for one hour after the box office closes. Arrive early to avoid lines and sell-outs.
Tickets: 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.
- Single tickets are $28 for General Admission (Hayride only); $37 for Double Attraction Pass (Hayride and the “In Between Maze”); $52 for VIP Admission (a double attraction pass with front-of-the-line privileges).
- Group Rates (20 or more) are $25 each for General Admission, $34for Double Attraction Pass, $49 for VIP Admission.
- Private Wagon (up to 30 people, includes All Attractions VIP Pass) runs $1,325
Discounts: You can get $5 off at the box office, with a purchase of any Sunkist or Squirt beverage. Bring the product and an original coupon with Haunted Hayride offer to the box office (no facsimiles accepted).