Recently we had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride which theme this year was “Based on Actual Events”. These were events based on murders as well as the paranormal. We were excited to see how this would play out. Plus, being paranormal investigators the theme was right up our alley. We were also excited about who the special entertainment for this year was.
The first thing we did at the LAHH was ride the scary-go-round. We don’t know if that’s it’s actual name, but we thought it fight. It’s basically a merry-go-round, but instead of cute horses, they’re some kind of skeletal creature.
After the ride, we went to watch the entertainment we were looking forward to. Actually, it wasn’t entertainment, but the true life tales of demonology and the paranormal being lecturd by Thomas Durant. Thomas is someone who Valley Investigators of the Paranormal has worked with on many occasions. Having a demonologist at a haunt event was a new experience for us and although we’ve heard a similar presentation before, it was educational and fit the theme of the Hayride perfectly.
Next we went through the In-Between maze. Once again this is basically a pitch black maze with tight and narrow passageways that you have to find your way out of. We actually tried to use the electronic lantern they give you as little as possible and wound up getting lost a few times. This maze is always fun and brings a few laughs as well as a lot of scares.
The main event of course was the Hayride which starts out with a row of TVs on a wall showing newsclips of murder stories. This really set the theme of the whole attraction, which took around 25 minutes from start to finish.
All the costumes and make-up were exceptional, especially the girls on fire at the Orphanage. Once again, there was the Satanic Church, which we imagined was related to Antone LeVey to fit with the theme.
There was also a ghostly widow in black pushing a baby carriage through a cemetery. That was pretty creepy. Some of the sets were the same, but there was a lot that was new as well. One of the scenes that was really cool was the Wicker Man scene. Another memorable scene was the church at the end and a new gimmick they have.
Conspicuous by its absence was the three hillbilly characters that sing and then move in robotic fashion. The past few years that has been our favorite part. Also, there’s no bubble machine (at least when we were there) to get us wet in the Christmas Village. However, new to the area was Charles Manson. We don’t know what he has to do with Christmas, but the character was entertaining. Other historical killers we saw were Dahmer and Pogo the Clown (John Wayne Gacy).
There were a few other things to do as well, such as a pumpkin carving station and a photo-op tent were you could pose with different devices of death. We heard the food was very good as well and there the cider and hot chocolate were so popular they sold out pretty quickly.
Overall, like usual we had a great time and the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. We loved the theme, but it would have been cool if somehow they could have narrated everything so that we knew what each scene represented. That’s something we can overlook though with the production and entertainment value that’s to be had.
We suggest you make your way to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.
Visit their website at: http://www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com/