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Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Hayride Haunting in Griffith Park

The best thing about my birthday is that it ushers in The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.



After all, the day after my birthday is October 1.



And while I haven't brought out my black Halloween tree yet...



...I wasted no time getting into the spirit (or spirits) of the season.



Halloween is such a big deal in LA that I find it overwhelming, sometimes preferring to visit smaller yard displays and home haunts rather than embarking on a haunt extravaganza at one of the local theme parks or movie studios.



Fortunately, the Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park bridges the gap between the two...



...offering a hayride, a trick-or-treat maze, and a dark maze...



...as well as a number of costumed monsters...



...who are surprisingly tender...



...friendly...



...and curious.



Meanwhile, the creepy soundtrack of the skeletoned scare-ousel intermingles with the glam rock and metal of the hayride performers.



I'd done the hayride once before, in 2010 when I was still living in New York City but visiting LA frequently for both romantic and career interests. At the time, I thought its production value came up short and its promised scares were underdelivered.

But then again, a lot can change in eight years.

So, I'm glad I went back—and I'm glad that this time, I brought a friend.

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