Spooky Scary Studio 360: Making Haunted Houses Scarier

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LA's Haunted Hay Ride plays original spooky music by Chris Thomas

In anticipation of Halloween, Studio 360 is sharing some of our favorite spooky segments from our archive.

Ike Sriskandarajah brings a story of how a composer’s visit to a haunted house made him realize there was a whole industry that needed better music. After visiting LA’s Haunted Hayride, Chris Thomas called the park’s hotline and said, “Hey, love your attraction, but it was undercut instantly by this terrible music.” A few weeks later, he got a call back — from the manager of the park. With that, Thomas composed what might be the first original score for any haunted attraction.

(Originally aired October 24, 2014)