The All-Time Halloween Champ
Hollywood Gothique Says:
With so many mazes, scare zones, shows, and rides, the Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Haunt is guaranteed to have something for every haunt-seeker. It may not have the budget of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, but the breadth of imagination and variety of scares is always overwhelming, making it an essential event every October.
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park 90620
2019 Dates: To Be Announced
Hours: 7pm to 1am on weekdays and Sundays; 7pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays
Tickets: Advance prices start at $42 for General Admission and $120 for Fright Lane (front of the line) privileges. A Scary Farm All-Nights Pass goes for $95. All-Inclusive tix (including fast pass, parking, and Boo-fet dinner with early entry) are as low as $149.99.
2018 Mazes: The Depths (new), Dark Entities (new), Trick or Treat: Lights Out, Paranormal Inc, Shadowlands, Dark Ride, Pumpkin Eater, Special Ops: Infected, Blood Barn.
2018 Scare Zones: Forsaken Lake (new), The Hollow, Carnevil, Ghost Town Streets.
2018 Shows & Attractions: Hacks: Cutting Room Floor, The Conjuring, Awaken the Dead (new) a "high-energy party" in the Fiesta Village with DJ music and skull-headed go-go dancers; Time Zombies Virtual Reality Shootout (new).
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Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt Overview
Knotts Scary Farm is the longest running and largest Halloween event in the South Land, with over more mazes, scare zones, and shows than any of the competition.
Halloween Haunt Ticket Information:
Knott's Scary Farm requires a special ticket for admission; your regular Knott's Berry Farm admission will not get you into the Halloween Haunt.
Tickets are available at the Knott's Berry Farm Guest Relations box office (most days do not sell out, so you can purchase them on the night of the event).
Tickets may be purchased online (you can save shipping costs on pre-sales by using the Print@Home function on the Knott's website) or by phone (call the Ticketmaster Haunt Lines at 213-365-3535 or 714- 703-2555). Service charges apply to all phone orders.
Pre-paid parking at Knott's Berry Farm is advisable ($20 and up).
Halloween Haunt Bargains:
Each year, coupons available at Burger King will save money (depending on how early in the season you go). Usually, these coupons become available after Labor Day. Group discounts for 24 or more are available at 714-220-5163.
Halloween Haunt Add-On Packages:
Knott's Scary Farm usually offers several "Add-On" packages that expand your stay, such as this year's:
- PRE-SCARE BOO-FET AND EARLY ADMISSION: This gives you a chance to enjoy a buffet and enter Knotts Scary Farm before the park opens for the nightly haunt. Prices are in the $30 range at the door. Due to seating limitations, this offer is available only to ticket holders with advance dinner reservations. NOTE: Once you're inside the park, your dining selections are mostly limited to fast food and snacks.
Halloween Haunt Features:
All the usual Knott's Berry Farm rides and attractions are open for business, but the park is redecorated for its Halloween Haunt in grand ghoulish style: 160 acres with 13 mazes or rides, 7 shows, and 3 scare zones. The scares start the minute you walk in the gate, with 1,000 wandering ghouls lunging at you out of the fog.
Halloween Haunt Drawbacks:
The crowds. Inevitably, you have to wait in long lines for each attraction at Knott's Scary Farm, unless you arrive as soon as the gates open or attend on an off-night. For some reason, the park's appeal skews young, so expect to find yourself surrounded by teeny-boppers. Also, the level of performance among the monsters sometimes seems to drop off near the end of the season, as if the actors are growing weary of their roles.
Halloween Haunt Attractions:
Knotts Scary Farm offers a multitude of terrifying attractions every Halloween. Many mazes include special rooms that can be accessed only with a FrightLane Skeleton Key.
Halloween Haunt Shows:
Knotts Scary Farm offers half a dozen shows. Most of them are set in theatres, giving you a chance to rest your legs between bouts of standing in line. The outdoor hanging takes place at the gallows near the old Ghost Town:
- ELVIRA. The Mistress in the Dark is a virtual perennial at Knotts Scary Farm, providing a new mix of dance, risque comedy, and Halloween freak show every year. Elvira's Boo-tique offers the chance to purchase merchandise and have it personally signed by Elvira.
- THE HANGING. A new variation on the annual show runs three times nightly.
Halloween Haunt Scare Zones:
Even before you wait in line for the mazes, shows, and experiences, you can enjoy a thrill of fear as you walk through scare zones. The Ghost Town (the origin of the annual Halloween Haunt) is populated by old western souls every year. Carnevil on the Boardwalk is usually filled with killer klowns. Other scares zones come and go.
Halloween Haunt Rides:
If you're in the mood for traditional theme park roller-coaster rides, you can check out: Boomerang, Coast Rider, Ghost Rider, Jaguar, Montezooma's Revenge, Pony Express, Sierra Sidewinder, Silver Bullet, and Xcelerator.
A Fast Lane pass will get you to the front of the lines.
Knott's Scary Farm is not recommended for children under 13. No re-entries allowed. No costumes.
Halloween Haunt History:
It all started back on October 31, 1973. Since Knott's Berry Farm is more or less modeled on a real ghost town (Calico in California), it made sense to decorate the ghost town section of the park up for Halloween, along with a few dozen monster lurking in the fog. Knott's Scary Farm's first walk-through maze was added the next year. Since then, the Halloween Haunt has grown into a huge annual event, with hundreds of actors in makeup and numerous mazes featuring everything from 3D lighting and to elaborate mechanical effects.