The Haunted Hike is back at Canyon Park and tickets for Monrovia residents go on sale for the event today. The general public can purchase their tickets starting Oct. 1.
Senior Park Ranger Hector Inzunza guarantees the event will give the visitors the fright they have been missing.
"This year, we expect to scare the pants off of you," he said.
The annual hike was very popular with the community when it ended in 2008, the number of volunteers involved growing to 70, Inzunza said.
The city was in transition at the time the event was stopped and needed more resources to patrol and manage Monrovia's 1,100-acre Wilderness Preserve, he said. Inzunza was called on to manage the preserve, moving him away from planning events like the Haunted Hike.
"I couldn't manage both, so it had to go on hiatus," he said.
This year's event, which runs Oct. 24-26, will feature more than hikes every 15 minutes. Also planned is a 5,000-square foot outdoor maze and several other attractions Inzunza said he is keeping under wraps.
He anticipates that around 350 people per night will come out to get their fright fix during the three nights.
All of the proceeds raised from the event will go back into the park to fund programs, events, volunteers, and enhancement projects, he said.
The following is information the city of Monrovia provided on the Haunted Hike.
Haunted Hike Schedule
Thursday, October 24
Friday, October 25
Saturday, October 26
6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8:00pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 8:45pm, 9:00pm and last hike at 9:15pm
All hikes will begin on time. Allow at least 1 hour for the entire hike.
Individual Tickets: $20
Group Discount: 5 tickets for $80 (savings of $20)
$2.40 transaction fee applies
Ticket sales for Monrovia Residents available: September 23
General Public Ticket Sales: October 1
Tickets can also be purchased at:
119 W. Palm Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
Monday-Thursday, 8:00am - 9:00pm; Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
NO ONE UNDER 13 WILL BE ADMITTED
Rain cancels the event. No refunds. No tickets sold at the event. Waivers required.
All ticket holders will be shuttled on the Ghost Bus to the Haunted Hike. There is no parking available at Canyon Park, and no additional cost for the shuttle.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the hike time listed on your ticket to allow for parking, shuttle and registration. The shuttle will take ticket holders to the park and back.
Ghost Bus pickup: Monrovia Public Library, 321 S. Myrtle Avenue in front of the Library Park fountain.
FREE public parking is available throughout Old Town Monrovia.