Many residents aren’t aware of this local treasure, now celebrating its fourth year in operation at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo area, 4720 Crystal Springs Dr. However, for any and all thrill seekers looking for frightening fun and bloodcurdling excitement, it’s definitely worth a visit.
What’s unique about the LA Haunted Hayride is that it’s a mix of modern technology and old fashioned amusement. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to a simpler era without all the Hollywood glitz to distract you from the true Halloween spirit.
The hayride is a blast with lots of spine-chilling characters jumping out of nowhere in the pitch dark, effectively shocking the daylights out of you. They come so close you can feel their breath, yet they never touch you.
These trained actors contort their bodies until they’re gracefully perched on the ledge of the wagon without losing their balance or concentration, while the vehicle continues to bounce along. They appear to be highly skilled dancers and gymnasts, quite limber and solid as a rock, straddling both sides of the moving cart.
Several guests were so frightened that they hid under their sweetheart’s arms, shaking in terror. There was also lots of laughter from the engaged folks, some having travelled long distances just to experience this unique journey.
Plan to have water sprayed and soap suds surround you, but do not fret. You won’t get wet, since you’re provided with rain repellant ponchos that keep you dry as a bone.
In addition to the novel hayride, there’s an exhilarating, enchanting maze (for an extra fee); an astonishing house of mirrors; a delightful skeleton merry go round that goes backwards; sideshow acts reminiscent of days of yore, featuring staggering swordsmanship and performers who walk on glass; psychic readings; photo ops; and plenty of creepy creatures to startle the socks off you.
Ticket sales support the LA Parks foundation, whose aim is to preserve parks for the people of Los Angeles. General Admission is $28, Double Attraction Passes are $37, and VIP passes that surpass the line are $52. $5-Off Discount coupons are available with a purchase of any Sunkistor Squirt soda product at Southern California Ralph’s Supermarkets. Vegan food by Mother Organica is available. Parking is free. Complete details at www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com.