Halloween is six months away. It seems like an eternity to most of us All Hallows’ Eve fanatics. So we relish in any and every opportunity to get into the spirit before October rolls around. And if you were in LA this past weekend, you were able to get your fix (and then some) because the Spooky Swap Meet returned once again to the Heritage Square Museum!
I must confess – this was my first time experiencing the Spooky Swap Meet…..and I left with my Halloween heart filled with joy, and also the bag I brought was filled with T-shirts and other spooky trinkets that I purchased from the many amazing vendors there. One of the things that makes this event that more special is that it takes place at the Heritage Square Museum, which is comprised of old Victorian-style houses to further set the mood!
When I walked in, I immediately felt like it was October. Frightfully delicious decor was everywhere, and they were even handing out little bags to go trick-or-treating at the houses! Not only that, but there were creepy characters walking about (some on stilts) – so it truly felt like a Halloween-time celebration. As I eluded to earlier, there were plenty of vendors to satisfy your urge to add to your horror-themed wardrobe and overall collection. I would honestly love to see what this experience could be like at night as well, so maybe they can make that happen in the future.
When the Spooky Swap Meet returns, please make sure to check it out. Stay connected to their social media and keep an eye out on their site HERE. Thank you to everyone who helped put this together, because now my Halloween scratch has been itched!
Last year was quite the bummer for all of us fiending for Halloween activities and our usual local haunts. In Los Angeles it was especially sad because one of the best attractions, the Haunted Hayride, was not operating and not a scream could be heard…..only incessant sobbing. But it’s a new year! And 2021 has marked the return of Los Angeles’ Haunted Hayride (insert applause and cheers here), and it will run its course on select nights through October 31st!
I was lucky enough to go check everything out recently, and I definitely recommend making plans to go! One of the things that makes it different from other local LA haunts, is that the natural environment of its location (Griffith Park) adds to the spookiness. As you walk in and go through the tunnel of pumpkins, you enter a spooky little town called Midnight Falls – full of Halloween decor and scare actors roaming around. From there I ventured straight ahead to the main attraction – The Haunted Hayride Experience. Sitting on actual hay in a tractor bed, you’re driven around the grounds as you stop at multiple terrifying set pieces (the animatronic band was my favorite), until you end your journey surrounded by a bunch of killer clowns. Fun!
After that, I ate some french fries. Exciting. And then continued venturing to the area where the 3 walk-through mazes lived. First up was Midnight Mortuary, which had a ton of good detail and scares – and I was luckily enough to go through without a crowd. Next, Trick Or Treat (not to be confused with either horror movie of the same name). The Halloween decor was strong in this one and was really well done. Last but not least, Dead End Diner – which had the best opening walk-through of the bunch. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by all three of them and the effort involved! I then went and ate more french fries.
But seriously, go hit the Haunted Hayride website link HEREfor more details about everything and be sure to grab your tickets! It’s never too early to get into the Halloween spirit! Or become a spirit!!!! (maniacal laughter ensues)