Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2021
- Los Angeles, CA





The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is officially back and to its regular format and then some! We missed the entire feel and essence of Midnight Falls; the town that served as the overlying theme of the entire haunt attraction. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride attraction could not perform it’s usual program last year and modified their haunt attraction to feature a spooky drive-in theatre experience of sorts. This year, they came back with a bang and upped the game and made everything better! The location has been changed this year to offer a larger and more open-air experience. The attraction is now located south of Crystal Springs Dr., compared to being north of it and past the main parking lot from all those years ago. This new location, though harder to get to from the parking lot, does offer us the feel of a majestic hidden Halloween town and gives us a more “town” feel because of the environment of the grounds.


MIDNIGHT FALLS NON-SCARE ZONE


Patrons enter a tunnel to get to the town of Midnight Falls, where everyday is Halloween. Residents of the town can be seen walking around, talking to guests and visitors, promoting their local diner and even giving you their life story. Every character seemed to be able to improvise at the drop of a dime and none had any problems stopping and interacting with guests. However, since the town has expanded; a lot of areas were lacking scare actors/characters of Midnight Falls. They were usually seen around the General Store and around the area facing the Midnight Falls stage. The food vendors are not too far away as well as the outdoor cinema and the Midnight Falls stage.


L.A. HAUNTED HAYRIDE MAZES


Midnight Mortuary is a returning favorite. What happens after hours when a mortuary is left unattended? Or when the living has clocked out? The dead come out and play and roam the mortuary grounds. The entrance led us into a fancy foyer/lobby area of the mortuary. Then we entered a wake with multiple attendees seated on the benches. The question is, who’s real and who’s fake? Only way to know is to walk through it and see if they attack you. Once we made it past the wake at the chapel, we ended up backstage where we found a morgue and a cemetery. We spotted the dead roaming, an office manager, a mortician trying to get you to leave her alone while she worked on a body, ghouligans (hooligans + ghouls) in the cemetery and bodies waiting to be worked on. It seemed that no matter which room we entered, there contained the dead walking around and reclaiming their territory. The message was clear: “Don’t try to fit in where you don’t belong.”


Trick Or Treat is also back and seems to be the most popular walk-through. We entered a home and then walked through the backyard and then to the other homes in the neighborhood. With each house you encounter, there’s no telling who lives there and what they’ll do to ya. Be sure to ring the doorbell as you approach each house, otherwise you’ll never get them to open the door. With distinct house facades and different scare actors, part of the fun was to see who or what is behind that door. The Trick Or Treat maze of yesteryear offered candy or a trick. Unfortunately this year, there is no candy due to an effort to decrease virus transmission. However, the real treat has always been seeing who’s behind the door and how they will interact with you. Our favorites were the “babyshark” and “80’s werewolf” characters.


Dead End Diner is a brand new maze this year. This replaced the blackout/”In-Between”/dark maze they always had in front and we love it. Though it still contains some of the same elements where if you make the wrong turn then it’s a dead end; it was still infinitely more fun than their blackout maze with pulsating strobe light. Dead End Diner has a classic 50s/60s diner facade on the exterior. Inside the diner; the booth, jukebox and menu really puts you back in that era. However, as you mozy along the diner and eventually exit; you’ll soon realize that this feels more like a horror movie from the late 70s/early to mid 80s. You’re trapped inside a horror movie where dumb rebellious teenagers stay out too late at a local diner on a night when there is a full moon. Of course, where there is a full moon there are werewolves. All hell breaks loose as you try to find a way to escape these werewolves. But you better be careful because the next turn you make could be a …”dead end.”


The Haunted Hayride is by far the most popular attraction and the marquee for the event. The line is seemingly always long and people keep returning. Since its inception, The Haunted Hayride has come a long way and has gotten more and more elaborate as time passed. This year however, we noticed that they have shortened path and ride length. However, the gaps between each section was smaller so it likely evened out. There was no narration or speaker to accompany us on the ride. The hayride this year took us to the forgotten parts of Midnight Falls. We’re talking: a public execution, a crappy out of tune band, vampires, giant spiders (ew) and sea monsters just to name a few. No wonder these were parts of the town that was seemingly left behind. The coolest part of the ride was when they found a new way to use an old trick. You know those swamped theme rooms in a maze with the green laser light is aimed at your torso to simulate a “swamp”? Well, they found a way to implement that technique on the hayride and it was fascinating to see!


LA HAUNTED HAYRIDE CONCLUSION


LAHH is back, bigger and better! There is a lot more seating areas, more space to roam around, extended length on all the mazes and a lot of bang for the buck. With this format having gone dark in 2020, they did not seem to miss a step but instead took a bigger leap forward! The character interactions were on point and contained cleverly crafted improv; and they never seemed to mind if you stopped them to chat or to take a photo. Bottom line is, there are lots to do here and if you finish early then do it again. Because it is definitely fun enough to see everything more than twice! When planned correctly, it should be possible to see the whole town and its 4 attractions. However, we do recommend getting the VIP or Platinum pass. At this quality and rising costs at other major attractions; you just can’t find a deal like this anywhere else!


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the l.a. haunted hayride presents:
midnight falls 2019 - Los angeles, ca






L.A. Haunted Hayride Presents: Midnight Falls 2019 – Los Angeles, CA


Embarking on it's 11th season through the trails of Griffith Park, the newly revamped L.A. Haunted Hayride superseded even the 10th Anniversary event last year. Guests can venture back to 1985 this time in the small town of Midnight Falls where it is supposedly Halloween every night.


Town Square – A scare zone with a stage that features entertainment throughout the night. Plenty of photo-ops here and live entertainment. However, the entire attraction of Midnight Falls technically qualifies as a scare zone as scare actors are seen roaming around all throughout the grounds. Patrons in the Haunted Hayride VIP express line are kept company by the Monsters of Midnight Falls either by scaring them or exchanging playful banter and stories of the old town.


Haunted Hayride – Once again delivering a thrill ride through the dark side of Griffith Park, The Haunted Hayride has a better storyline this year and is in unison with the theme of Midnight Falls. Past years had some wondering what the overall theme on the hayride was, but this year, there was no question. The Hayride itself allows you to journey further into the story of the town and meeting characters that are not roaming the grounds. Like any small haunted town, things usually don't go right if you venture off too far into the woods. What we loved was that they did not overpack the hayride this year compared to last year. This means more leg room and no legs falling asleep when you get up! As an added bonus, once you exit the hayride, you exit through the town graveyard. Beware of what lurks in the fog.


Trick Or Treat – A returning favorite yet it still fits into the Midnight Falls theme seamlessly since every small town has trick or treating as a tradition. In previous years, the trick or treater would ring the doorbells of the houses of the residents in order to get a treat...or get tricked. The major change this year is that most of the resident's of each house is out in front so it took away the experience of ringing the doorbell. Therefore, you either get a treat or get tricked while walking to the front door. Some houses still require a door bell to be rung. As proponents for short wait times, we understand why the change in having the Monster outside as opposed to waiting for the door bell to be rung; this speeds up the walk-through time dramatically and keeps the line moving. However, it is still a great walk-through as most have never seen a maze that lets you go “trick-or-treating”.


Midnight Mortuary - Ever had a creepy house in town where your parents tell you to never go to? Well, apparently so does Midnight Falls. The local funeral parlor that watches the entire town, is maybe where all the horrors started. Sure the thought of Halloween every night is fun and all...but if classic horror films ever taught us anything is that Halloween night isn't always pleasant. This dark and worn out haunted house is filled with monsters that clearly aren't friendly. Once you escape the house, you'll have to deal with the backyard and then the mortuary. As a matter of fact, to survive the night; one might have to crawl through the mortuary freezer unless...you can find another way out.


Roadkill Ranch – No it's not a steakhouse or grill for opposums or raccoons. Instead, it's a questionable ranch just outside of Midnight Falls. The ranch has a knack for collecting dead varmints and similar animals and disposing them or do they? We faced what would happen when you merge a varmint with a human body and the site was not pretty. Like the funeral march scene from Pet Sematary; prepare to face off against human bodies with non-human heads. Will you be staying for dinner?


There was also their carousel with skeletal horses and Mini Escape Games which we did not partake in. The Mini Escape Game is a $5 surcharge and your group gets 5 minutes to solve the puzzles to escape.


The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Presents: Midnight Falls is tons more fun than the previous year. It is definitely worth buying the all attractions pass to see everything. However, do keep in mind that parking is limited and lines get long so one should always come early when possible especially if you are buying a General Admission pass. Aside from the lack of parking and long lines later in the evening, we loved the “Midnight Falls” concept and the immersive experience. The scary stuff starts as soon as you pass through the pumpkin arches, or in other words the moment you enter; isn't this how it should be?


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