Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Returns with a Twisted 10-Year Anniversary Scream Fest

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2018 - Photo by Paulo Murillo

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is back to the creepy Old Zoo located past the dark woods of the Griffith Park area. The Halloween attraction returns with 10 years of terror under its…umm, haystack. In celebration of the Silver 10-Year Anniversary, the haunted fest is bringing back some memorable fan favorites that have made people jump and scream for the past decade.

WEHO TIMES was invited to venture into the macabre and experience the nightmare this past weekend. We’re under a strict no spoilers agreement, but we can say that shrill seekers are in for an unforgettable ride through some pretty twisted scenery. We encountered rotting zombies, serial killers, psychopathic clowns, monsters, and witnessed a demon church sermon for starters. And did we mention the scary killer clowns? We did not like the killer clowns. Like at all.

Haunted Hayride – Photo by Scott Feinblatt – originally published in OC Weekly
Haunted Hayride – Photo by Scott Feinblatt – originally published in OC Weekly

The entire park is programed to give you the creeps. A simple walk to the restroom area alone, is terrifying. The johns are located outside the park. The walk down a quiet dark path feels straight out of a scary movie. We didn’t know what to expect inside those damn port-a-potties. Anyone could have jumped out screaming and we would have lost our frijoles.

We were also deeply disturbed by the chainlink cage where we were crammed into like cattle, while everyone waited for a tractor to roll up and haul us onto a long flatbed full of hay. Very disturbing. And that all goes down before the the actual haunted hay ride even begins.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2018 – Photo by Paulo Murillo
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2018 – Photo by Paulo Murillo

The park brought back cult favorites like the House Of Shadows where you lose yourself in complete darkness and you find yourself grasping onto anyone standing next to you and then stumble through Southern California’s only true dark maze. It is a very disorienting. It is very claustrophobic. And you might find yourself very alone in complete blackness.

There is also the Trick or Treat haunted village where ticket holders get to explore the Halloween neighborhood and go door to door to encounter its occupants and all their mischief. All you have to do is knock. Sometimes you scream. Sometimes you get a treat.

Then there’s Purgatory, where visitors mix with scary creatures at a haunted village, and become a part of interactive shows. You can get a reading from a psychic, shop, eat and there’s a Scary-Go-Round with dead horses that’s kind of cool.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2018 – Photo by Paulo Murillo

This year’s Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, debuted on September 29th. The scream fest will be open on select nights, until October 31st, 2018. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-10:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-12am, with the exception of September 29th when the park closes at 11pm.

General Admission and VIP passes that surpass the line are available, as well as a Platinum pass that includes VIP parking. There are also a limited number of Hayride Only passes starting at $26.

To learn more about the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and for exact nights of operation and other details, visit: www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2018 – Photo by Paulo Murillo

Launched in 2009, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is one of the most popular halloween attractions in the country. It has quickly grown as one of the premiere horror genre attractions. It has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, The View, Bloomberg and many more. It also attracts some famous faces, such as David Beckham, Pete Wentz, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie and others.

Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group (13FEG) is the premier multi-state operator of theme park-quality haunted houses, escape rooms, and related immersive live-entertainment events. 13FEG’s platform includes 13th Floor, House of Torment, Fear Farm, Asylum, Terror on the Fox, Great Room Escape, Mind Spark Escape Games, and Zombie Apocalypse Live, among others. Headquartered in Denver, CO, 13FEG has offices in Austin, TX and production facilities in San Antonio, TX.

To learn more, visit https://thirteenthfloor.com/.

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Paulo Murillo
Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com