This haunted Griffith Park hayride once again returns to the mid-’80s fictitious town of Midnight Falls, which borrows a little bit of the road culture of Sons of Anarchy and the isolation of Twin Peaks.
The Old Zoo tradition, which has been running for 15 years now, centers on a relatively lengthy hayride, which runs on select nights from September 22 to October 31. The premise: A witch has summoned creatures that’ve hidden themselves among Halloween decorations in the town’s foothills. This year’s event promises new wagons (with new seating options), updated effects and new horror scenes.
The event’s various other attractions will be centered around the jack-o’-lantern–filled Midnight Falls Town Square, with a creaky old funeral parlor set up in the Midnight Mortuary haunted house as well axe throwing, water balloon-based paintball and the Hellbilly Halloween maze.
Can I wear a costume?
No. Costumes, facepaint and props are not allowed.
How much is parking at the Haunted Hayride?
Parking is free but limited in the trio of nearby lots (Merry-Go-Round lots 1, 2 and 3). On Fridays, Saturdays and on Halloween, you can take advantage of a shuttle from the northwest corner of the much larger L.A. Zoo parking lot.