Halloween Hayride, Maze & Carnival
Griffith Park Old Zoo
4730 Crystal Springs Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (818) 871-9486
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2012 HAUNTED HAYRIDE DATES: October 5-6, 11-14, 18-21, 24-28, 31.
2012 HAUNTED HAYRIDE BOX OFFICE HOURS: The hayride runs for one hour after the box office closes. Arrive early to avoid lines and sell-outs.
- 7pm to 10:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, and October31
- 7pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
2012 HAUNTED HAYRIDE TICKETS: Cash only at box office. 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.
- General Admission: $28 for Hayride only
- Double Attraction Pass (Hayride and the “In Between Maze”): $37
- VIP Admission (a double attraction pass with front-of-the-line privileges): $52
- Group Rates (20 or more): $25 each for General Admission, $34for Double Attraction Pass, $49 for VIP Admission
- Private Wagon (up to 30 people, includes All Attractions VIP Pass): $1,325
- Donation to Preserve LA Parks: $1
2012 DISCOUNTS: $5 off with purchase of any Sunkist or Squirt beverage. Valid at box office only. Limit 1 per person. Not valid on Saturdays. Bring product and original coupon with Haunted Hayride offer to box office (no facsimiles accepted).
GRIFFITH PARK PARKING: free
- HAUNTED HAYRIDE (The Main Event) New and Improved for 2012! The 2012 version of the eponymous haunted hayride has been extended, with even more scenes of horror. The proprietors promise a 360-degree experience that will get you wet! (Panchos will be provided for those who neglect to bring a raincoat.) The Hayride is real Halloween treat for fright fans who want to enjoy their scares in the open air. Climb aboard a tractor-pulled trailer that winds its way through woods haunted by monsters of every size and shape, some ten feet tall. Travel past cemeteries, corn rows, and old dark house; even go inside a dark carnival filled with crazy clowns. See demented maniacs, mad doctors, zombies cannibals, werewolves, and living scarecrows. Is that Sadako climbing out of the well, looking for victims? And is that Jason Voorhees atop the hill, ready to attack? What other strange, unseen things lurk in the shadows, unseen but ready to attack at any moment?
- THE IN-BETWEEN MAZE: Enter a labyrinth of darkness with nothing but a low-voltage lantern to guide you and your friends past the sinister, unseen denizens lurking around every corner, waiting to strike fear into the hearts of the unwary. Virtually pitch black inside, this attraction earns the name “maze” more than most so-called Halloween mazes: you really can get lost in the dark (which is rather unfortunate if the “person” standing next to you turns out not to be your friend but rather some…thing else). In past years, this maze hardly held a candle to the hayride, but the 2012 version promises to be bigger and taller than ever.
- PURGATORY: After you purchase your tickets and begin walking toward the entrance to the hayride, you will pass through this sideshow of entertainment, offering Halloween variations on familiar carnival fun and games: the “Scary-Go-Round,” House of Mirrors, a special effects fabrication booth, and more. Demented clowns wander the pathway, menacing young and old, but not enough to scare off families who bring kids too young for the hayride itself. Expect, a short (in terms of height) “Hay Maze” for kids, pumpkin carving, and booths selling coffee, coco, and ice cream. Purgatory activities are included with your Hayride admission, except for food, merchandise, and games (ring toss, bowling for skulls, etc).
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.
- 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.
HAUNTED HAYRIDE HISTORY: This Halloween attraction made its Los Angeles debut in 2009 at 26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302. For 2010, it moved to Griffith Park. In 2011, the Haunted Hayride’s theme was ”Through the Eyes of a Child.” The carnival element of the attraction was reduced: some sideshows remained, but the traditional fairgrounds-style rides were removed. (Needless to say, the hayride remained.)
Built in the early 1900’s, the small zoo quickly became the buzz of the community. Home to bears, monkeys, tigers, exotic birds, and lions, roars, growls, and moans could be heard throughout the canyons nightly. The Clifton family resided on the property as Mr. Clifton was the zookeeper who was on the grounds at all times. Shortly, after the zoo opened the animals started to exhibit behavior changes. Unexplained events of violence started hitting the papers where patrons were being killed and animals were going missing. The community was in a state of panic and rumors of demons and what this location had once been began to spread. An area resident claimed that the zoo had been built on unholy land that at one time had been the site of cult sacrifice. So the community built the biggest church they could build right at the entrance to the zoo. On October 9th 1910, the entire community packed into the church. As the priest declared death to the evil that was inevitably present, the doors locked and the church erupted into a mass of flames. The church burnt down and all that was left was the frame and some pews with the burnt remains of those who were not lucky enough to escape. Now, as this year marks the 100th anniversary of that tragic burning and the demise of so many, the zoo rests empty. However, it has been said that those who perished that night remain on the grounds still trying to drive the evil out, yet it is they who will not leave. The zookeeper and his family are often seen keeping a vigil of the property and animals, however, there have been no animals present for 100 years.
VIDEO: Check out our video of the 2009 version of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.
Click here for the archive of the L.A. Haunted Hayride