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Los Angeles, CA – September 12, 2013  The fifth year anniversary of what has become a Hollywood Halloween icon, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, will mark a brand new program that will take Hayriders through scenes of actual hauntings.  The month-long event will once again take place in Griffith Park’s Old Zoo area, which has been home to murder, torture, paranormal activity, serial killers, and abduction. The area surrounding the “Old Zoo” and “B Rock” has been called one of the most paranormally active sites in all of California. Now these and other actual events will come back to life this Los Angeles Haunted Hayride season.

Each year, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride works to create brand new experiences for attendees. This year will be heavily focused on scenes of haunt and disturbia as the ride chronicles old news stories of serial killings, the trapped souls of the Griffith grounds that have been reported by witnesses for over a century, the legend and curse of Petranillia, tragic orphanage fires that took the lives of those whom still wander the grounds unaware of their demise, victims of psychopathic torture, religious cult sacrifice, witch trial hangings and so much more.

“This year will be very haunting,” said Melissa Carbone, Creator and Producer of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. “We’re really going to capture the essence of the Halloween season by erecting an enchanting world of spirits, macabra, jack-o-lanterns and spine-chilling festivities.”

The “In-Between” Dark Maze, often referred to as the best in the state, will return as a pitch black labyrinth that thrill seekers may or may not escape. Not for the faint of heart, this attraction will send scare seekers into a sea of blackness with nothing but their hands in front of them and a low voltage lantern, that doesn’t help them see as much as it helps them be seen. The demons, maniacs, and creatures residing in these walls have grown unusually large and vicious.  But beware of “Doom” the master of these walls, for he is the most vicious of them all.

Lastly, “Purgatory,” is a sideshow to entertain guests while they wait.  NEW this year is the “Carving Shack” a sit down activity where guests can pick out a pumpkin and let their creativity fly, and “Death Row” an interactive room that allows guests an up close and personal look at devices of death used throughout history.  Returning will be psychics, games, the scary-go-round, house of mirrors, movies, music, magic and freak shows, demonic stilt walkers, photo scenes, and more – there is plenty of entertainment to keep busy and all activities in “Purgatory” are included in your ticket excluding food, gaming, & merchandise.

The terror starts on Friday, October 4th.  The Annual Premiere Night will take place on October 10th, which includes press, celebrities, and sponsors.  Past celebrity attendees include Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Jillian Michaels, Nikki Reed, Megan Fox, Sarah Hyland, Lucy Hale, Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet, Stephanie Pratt, David Beckham, Emmy Rossum, Sarah Silverman, Ryan Gosling, Kristin Ritter, and Giles Nissan to name a few.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride will be open from Oct 4-Oct 31 (every Thursday-Sunday in addition to Wednesday, the 30th).  General Admission is $30, Double Attraction Passes are $39, and VIP passes that surpasses the line wait are $55.  $5 Off Discount coupons are available with your purchase of any Sunkist or Squirt soda product at all Southern California Ralph’s Supermarkets.   Your purchase supports the LA Parks Foundation, preserving parks for the people of Los Angeles. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  Visit for complete details.

Sponsors include Sunkist, Squirt, Long Beach Mini, and Ralph’s Supermarkets. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a Fur Free Attraction; there is plenty of blood and guts on the ride!

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