The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Echoes from the Rift had a new theme this year. Well, it actually seemed like a few new themes. The themes we noticed were hell, death, the 7 Deadly Sins and the Apocalypse. The themes were consistent and were portrayed in the Hayride itself as well as the two new mazes (actually one of them was a sideshow
The Hayride seemed more simple this year than it has in the past. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t as good. It seemed to succeed in its bare knuckles approach to everything death (this is different than the paranormal theme of last year though). Prevalent seemed to be not only demons and ghouls, but everything one would imagine to see if they were to visit the seven layers of Hell. A few of our favorite scenes were gone this year such as the demonic church that came to life, the three singers that move in slow motion and the Christmas scene. New this year was a scene with characters on a giant swing pole which was kind of cool. Other than that it seemed things were toned down from prior years although there were some really cool special effect (such as a giant eye that follows you while a monster crawls up from the ground).
The In-Between maze once again was one of the best dark mazes we’ve ever been in. Our group got lost more than once in it. There was a new maze called House of the Horseman which depicts the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse which sticks to the overall theme. Although not one of the scariest mazes we’ve ever been it, it was a decent, interactive maze that did have some startling moments. I don’t know if they were supposed to, but the monsters in the maze touched us on more than one occasion. Also new was the Seven Sins Sideshow which displayed the 7 Deadly Sins. This was an entertaining walk-thru, but we don’t know how scary it was meant to be, unless one takes each of the sins as a precaution.
Other attractions included the Blood Drums which was new for this year as well as an interactive macabre show. We only saw part of the show but it looked like they were having audience members portray scenes from various horror films. The act we saw was Alien.
Overall, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride continues to be a fun event and the only one of its kind. Although to us they seemed to tone down the Hayride itself, it still was productive in achieving scares.