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!
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park
120 E Via Verde Drive
San Dimas, CA 91773
2021 Update: After switching to a drive-in presentation in Frank Bonelli Park during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to Griffith Park for Halloween 2021 (though the actual location has been shifted, allowing for new terrain to haunt). This year, the attractions’ recurring character, the revolting Monte Revolta, has elected himself Mayor of Midnight Falls, a city where every day is Halloween.
Dates: Select nights from September 24 through October 31.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Interviews & Articles
Learn more about the Haunted Hayride and its history in our interviews with the event’s creator, Melissa Carbone:
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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.
For Halloween 2020, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride revamped its presentation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of a hayride, the event offered a haunted drive-through experience, set in Midnight Falls (a town introduced the previous year, where every day is Halloween). The location was changed from Griffith Park’s Old Zoo to the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park. Instead of riding in trailer, visitors drove their own cars through haunted scenery, winding up at a drive-in show, combining live actors and video projected on a 40-foot screen. Isolating the audience in their own cars is designed to provide safety from infection during the Covid-19 pandemic. Actors and other staff wore masks – not only of the Halloween variety but also for protective purposes.
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