Last weekend we were invited out to the all new and improved Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. While we've always managed to have fun at this event, a few years it was kind of hit-and-miss. This year it's definitely all hit, well at least the event itself is.
Let's go have a roll in the hay!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride!
Before we head into the town of Midnight Falls, we do have to bring up the elephant in the zoo, err, room. And that's the logistics of actually getting into the event. Once you're in everything seems to be running spectacularly.
Unfortunately trying to park was the biggest nightmare of the night. It didn't seem like there was a lot of communication going on between the staff in the different parking sections, nobody knew who was supposed to park where, there was no alternative parking area's that we saw and we even saw one parking attendant who didn't know where handicapped parking was.
The line for security was also the longest we saw all night. Obviously security is something we have to deal with in this day and age, but it was really long.
Hopefully they'll work on those logistics with the companies that are doing the security and parking, because we aren't sure if that's a Haunted Hayride thing, or an outside company thing. Train your people the right way and this has less a chance of happening (says the guy who's been a corporate trainer for 15 years).
Alright, enough of the one negative, let's get to the good stuff!!
Welcome to Midnight Falls!!
Cool arch heading into the event this year
Sign leading you every direction
The Scary-Go-Round is back
Some fun shows going on here all night
The inhabitants of Midnight Falls were a lot of fun
Let's head in and do the Hayride!
This looks familiar (as seen at Midsummer Scream)
The waiting area is a container instead of the cages used in previous years
Unlike previous years there are no stops on the Hayride, which we think actually works better than the show stops. It helps everything to flow much better.
The Hayride features some tried and true Hayride scares, and some new ones that were a lot of fun.
No fishing at night
Itsy Bitsy spider
Who decided to make a Hayride near the Cemetery?
The Hayride also features a few mazes, which were a lot of fun. The first was Midnight Mortuary.
The talent in the mazes was spectacular.
Next up was Trick or Treat
The doorbells are back, but no candy this year. But the maze was super fun.
1,000,000 internet points if you know what makes this so great!!
The merchandise was also pretty amazing this year.
We still have our free tickets from Midsummer Scream so are planning on going back at least one night this season.
We also decided to stop at one of our favorite eateries after, the Dog Haus. And you can see why.
Make sure you head out for this years Hayride. It's super good and we definitely recommend it this year.
You can find out more information and get tickets for the Hayride at the link here.
Last night was the opening of one of our favorite events of the Halloween season, Queen Mary's Dark Harbor.
We were on-hand to take in all of the mazes and more at the event. We also were able to get video of most of the mazes and of course, lots of pictures.
Written by Gregg Condon
When we got there it was still a bit light out
Maybe a nap before we head in?
Soon the sun came down and the Captain welcomed us into the event
As we like to do at most of these events, a live-stream of the opening moments.
An overview of the event from the VIP lounge
The event always features some amazing lighting design
We of course took in all of the mazes and video'd most of them (the one for Feast didn't come out as well as we would have liked). But we hope you enjoy these!!
The new maze for 2019, Rogue which replaces the fan-favorite Deadrise. A similar type theme, some really amazing special effects. Wish they would have kept the Deadrise ending though. That fog tunnel was always amazing.
The Iron Master is back. We did notice a few new things this year in the maze, fun as always.
Lullaby had a new path this year and a really creepy scene in the pool. One of the highlights of the event as always.
It took a few years for B340 to hit it's stride, but this is definitely now one of our favorites at Dark Harbor
And last, but certainly never least, Circus is back with some new treats for you all.
We of course had to take in the Slider show
We decided to do a bit of a different perspective on the show this year, we actually really dig out this came out. Hope you will too.
Some more of the amazing props around the event
Best name for a bar ever
They also have some amazing character posters. We tried to get the best angle on these as we could.
We're making plans to return to Dark Harbor 2019 to have even more fun with some of our favorite monsters.
We'll have some more pics and video in the next few days from Scott. So stay tuned!!
Looking for a review or information for a 2019 Halloween event? Well look no further. Below you will find reviews of Halloween events we have attended or are planning on attending and a list of all of the other events (scary and fun) that we've received information for.
We will be updating this as we receive information about additional events.
Below are the dates you will find us at different Halloween Events!! As always, feel free to say hi!! Updates will be posted after these dates as quickly as we can get them done.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest - September 14th
Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest - October 4th
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
More dates to find us at events coming soon!!
Click links to see event information