Changes Coming to the 2011 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

There are a few big changes at this year’s Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, including one staple from previous years being cut from the program.

Returning again to Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is making a few tweaks that fans and new visitor will appreciate.

For starters, all of the attractions at the Human Menagerie, or Side Show, will be free to Hayride ticket holders. Event producer Melissa Carbone told CreepyLA that this included carnival rides, such as the Scary-Go-Round, as well as psychic readings, spookshows and other entertainment. (but still bring spare cash for food and merchandise).

The Haymaze has been rebranded into “The In Between,” which promises to be bigger, taller, and in near pitch darkness. Visitors will be given a “low voltage” lantern to light their way through through, while stalked by creatures used to seeing in the night.

Gone from the Hayride this year is the campfire storytelling. In previous years, various celebrities would make cameo appearances to read scary tales to a crowd. “The Exorcist’s” Linda Blair, who had participated in the story telling in 2009 and 2010, will still be part of the Hayride in another capacity.

Carbone also said to keep an ear out for music on the Hayride, which is a new score composed specifically for the attraction.

The fictional story that inspires the Hayride’s horrors again looks at the family of the zoo’s caretakers, Ferdinand Clifton, this time focusing on his twin girls. According to the legend, the Clifton Twins (who appeared in 2010’s ride as well), suffered from shared nightmares that were so severe they required psychiatric treatment. To document the nightmares, the girls kept dream journals, which were recently discovered and serve as the basis for the content of the Hayride.

Asked why the Hayride didn’t use any one of Griffith Park’s actual stories of being haunted or cursed, Carbone said, “It would be cool to do that, but we couldn’t figure out a way to make it creepier than those stories.”

Regardless, she noted, “People should know that when they’re coming to this attraction, it’s really on a haunted land.”