The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.


Jennifer Rodman, Staff Writer

Ghouls, goblins, and nightmare-inducing clowns are all part of Halloween culture.

As the holiday approaches, people in or around Los Angeles have a variety of  events they can attend if they are looking for a fun-filled, way of celebrating Halloween.

The Haunted Hayride, one of LA’s most buzzed-about events that take places at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo, now includes two new attractions: House of the Horsemen and Seven Sins Sideshow. Although this year’s hayride is not as terrifying as it was in past years, there are many animated and masked creatures around the former zoo. Acrobats hide behind bird masks and balanced themselves on sticks as they swooshed down to frighten attendees.

A free psychic booth is also available. One of the most visually striking features is the Scary-Go-Round, where riders sit on skeletons that go backwards for about five minutes.

A popular attraction is the “In Between Maze,” where a group of ten walks in with the person in front holding a small lantern. Pitch black, frightening creatures lurk in corners to jump out and scare the brave souls who entered the maze. Attendees should expect huge spiders to pop up out of nowhere. Those who suffer from coulrophobia should probably skip out, as scary clowns grab people from behind.

At the college, students, faculty and staff can attend “13 Things You Didn’t Think of Asking About Halloween,” presented by anthropology professor Wendy Fonarow. The event will take place on Oct. 27 in LB 200 between 12:15 and 1:30 pm.

For the 17th year in a row, Universal Studios is hosting Horror Nights. The event is spooky and terrifying, with some brave attendees experiencing chills down their spines as zombies chase them down.

The theme for Horror Nights changes every year, but the one feature that remains consistent is the hair-raising, gory creatures scattered throughout the theme park. This year, attendees will have seven new mazes featuring “The Walking Dead,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “An American Werewolf in London,” SyFy’s “Face Off,” “Dracula Untold,” “Clowns 3D,” and “Music by Slash.”

There will also be five new scare zones, including “Skullz,” “Dark Christmas, “Mask-a-Raid,” “The Walking Dead,” and “The Purge Anarchy.”  Ticket prices vary from $62 online, $77 general admission, $112 Day and Night combo and a VIP experience for $219.