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2 Words: Haunted Zoo.

  • Oct 25, 2010
Rating:
+3
In a last minute, "Let's do something random tonight" decision, I found myself driving to the old abandoned zoo in Griffith Park. Now let's get one thing straight, Griffith Park at night freaks me out. Add that with the old zoo and the fact that there is some Haunted Hayride, yeah, I'm already shaking in my boots.

Once we arrived to Griffith Park there was hardly any parking. We had to park in an overflow lot that was about a mile walk away. I didn't really mind the walk, but I could see how others would. We got there about 9PM so I figured the place would be pack. When we walked up to get in line and the line was relatively short. I guess you could pay an extra $10 to not  wait in the line, but to be honest with you the 20 minute wait was totally worth it because they had haunted scarecrows and some masked man scaring the people in line which was fun to watch.

Once you get to the front of the line, getting freaked out starts immediately. You get locked in a cage for a few minutes then the next thing you know you're sitting in a trailer filled with hay being pulled behind a tractor into a misty wooded area, AKA HOLY CRAP!!!

The ride is actually pretty fun and scary. The actors/monster come right up to the trailer and scare the crap out of you. It pretty creepy driving around the old zoo and when you mix in creepy beings it getting even freakier. 

I would recommend checking out the Haunted Hayride if you don't mind spending the money. The cost seemed reasonable in the beginning, $25, but in the end I felt it was a little overpriced. To me the ride was just getting awesome when it abruptly ends. It's a situation where you think to yourself, this cannot get any crazier and your right, it doesn't. It just ends. Also there's nothing else to really do there. I guess there is a haunted maze you can walk through, which we didn't and there is a weak carnival with a few kid rides that I wouldn't even recommend walking through. 

In all the Haunted Hayride has a ton of potential. If they made it a little longer and added some other attractions and things to do around it it would make the trip up to Griffith park totally worth it!
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November 01, 2010
Haunted hayride? LOL, the name itself is hilarious. I hope you shared this review with these folks to make it +5 next year! ;)
 
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Built in the early 1900's, the small zoo quickly became the buzz of the community.  Home to bears, monkeys, tigers, exotic birds, and lions, roars, growls, and moans could be heard throughout the canyons nightly.  The  Clifton family resided on the property as Mr. Clifton was the zookeeper who was on the grounds at all times.  Shortly, after the zoo opened the animals started to exhibit behavior changes.  Unexplained events of violence
started hitting the papers where patrons were being killed and animals were going missing. The community was in a state of panic and rumors of demons and what this location had once been began to spread.

An area resident claimed that the zoo had been built on unholy land that at one time had been the site of cult sacrifice. So the community built the biggest church they could build right at the entrance to the zoo.

On October 9th 1910, the entire community packed into the church.  As the priest declared death to the evil that was inevitably present, the doors locked and the church erupted into a mass of flames. The church burnt down and all that was left was the frame and some pews with the burnt remains of those who were not lucky enough to escape.

Now, as this year marks the 100th anniversary of that tragic burning and the demise of so many, the zoo rests empty.  However, it has been said that those who perished that night remain on the grounds still trying to drive the evil out, yet it is they ...

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