Monday, October 14, 2013
A Daytime Visit to L.A.'s "Haunted" Old Zoo
Just up a pathway from the Shane's Inspiration playground in Griffith Park lie the remains of the old Los Angeles Zoo. A popular place to hike, many of the old zoo's cages and other ruins remain, and the whole space has been turned into a picnic spot. But it's also utilized for Shakespeare in the Park -- and this month, it's the home of the Haunted Hayride.
This zoo lasted from 1913 to 1965, when the current, much larger Los Angeles Zoo opened a few miles to the north. Now, the old zoo's ruins serve as a popular sight for film shoots, such as "Anchorman." We visited during the day this weekend -- and yep, the bloody mannequins and other Haunted Hayride effects weren't quite as spooky, but still gave the zoo remains an extra creepy vibe. Some pics below.
Ritual sacrifice in one of the old zoo cages
Imagine the animals that once walked down these stairs.
Deep inside one of the old zoo cages
The "scary go round"
Creepiest ice cream truck ever.