Monday, October 14, 2013

A Daytime Visit to L.A.'s "Haunted" Old Zoo

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

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.

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
The stockades!

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
Ritual sacrifice in one of the old zoo cages

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
Imagine the animals that once walked down these stairs.

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
Deep inside one of the old zoo cages

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
The "scary go round"

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
Creepy church

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride

Old zoo / Haunted hayride
Creepiest ice cream truck ever.

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