HOLLYWOOD CA (Hollywood Today) 10/12/11
Photos by Karen Ostlund
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride kicked off this last Sunday for its 3rd year the theme “Through The Eyes Of A Child”, inviting guests to “step into our nightmare.” The hayride took a deeper look into the minds of the Clifton Twins, the daughters of Zoo Keeper Ferdinand Clifton who were rumored for years to suffer from violent nightmares so uncontrollable they were treated for sleep disorders. Their journals, which documented these ghastly visions, were found in their entirety and the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride has recreated their contents for a 25-minute experience through the woods that left guests as prey.
The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride VIP Premiere Night was benefiting the sCare Foundation. The sCare Foundation, was founded by Halloween producer Malek Akkad, and focuses on issues affecting youth to honor the suspense genre’s loyal teenage fan base. The sCare Foundation plans to partner with national youth non-profit organizations to provide financial support to their existing youth programs and to arrange special sCare activities for the children, such as set visits to suspense films, movie screenings, video contests, celebrity meet and-greets. www.sCareFoundation.org.
Among the invited guests were: Alessandra Torresani (Syfy’s Caprica), Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist), Ashley Fink (Glee), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill), Bob Harper (Biggest Loser), Bridget Marquardt, Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Camille Winbush, Chris Colfer (Glee), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night),, Gilles Marini (Brothers & Sisters) Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) and Thomas Dekker (Secret Circle)- just to mention a few.
The 2011 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride will take a deeper look into the minds of the Clifton Twins, in “Through The Eyes Of A Child.” in these activities:
After 2 years of sending guests into the woods for the most horrifying experience in LA, Haunted Hayrides are no longer just an east coast tradition. Hay filled wagons wander through a high-octane fantasy world in the woods to tell an original story that exploits the most disturbing fears that live in us all. Welcome to the new 25-minute experience that leaves you as the prey for 15-foot tall mascots of death, 400-year old children, clowns interested in a bit more than just clowning around and lots of others who may have decided to come into the woods to play.
The In Between (MAZE)
Bigger and taller than ever before, test your courage as you enter the dark. Not for the faint at heart, this attraction will send you into a sea of blackness with nothing but the hands in front of you, and a low voltage lantern to guide your group. The demons and maniacs residing in these walls have not seen light in decades. They have mutated to the darkness, which means you can’t see them but they can see you. If you don’t choose your turns wisely, you will be faced with encounters repeatedly until your heart starts beating faster and faster. Your neck and palms start getting sweatier and sweatier and it’s getting harder to breathe. Looks like you’ll have to pull the “I’m a baby” ripcord, signaling the LA Haunted Hayride staff to make an emergency extraction of you. But hey, that’s what we’re here for. See you in the dark!
The Human Menagerie (Side Show)
Exactly as the name would imply, our collection of humans will entertain you while you wait. Black Magic, Psychics, demonic stilt walkers, as well as food servers that look a little too much like the food they are serving and many others in our collection are all DYING for your attention. Within “The Human Menagerie” you will also find games, a pumpkin patch, 2010’s favorite and most unique dark ride “The Scary-Go-Round,” and more. New this year, all activities in “The Human Menagerie” are included in your ticket excluding food and merchandise
Griffith Park, Old Zoo
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
The Old Zoo Area is located just beyond the Park Ranger Headquarters and Shane’s Inspiration, Below Harding Golf Course.
When: Open time :7pm-10:30pm on October: 13,16,17,20,23,27,30,31
Open time: 7pm-12am on October: 14,15,21,22,28,29
Hayrides stop operating 1 hour after box office closes.