Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
Do you feel that, kids? That's the feeling of Halloween season being just a month away, and yesterday, Knott's Scary Farm held their now-annual preview event revealing everything that will be found at this year's Halloween Haunt. A lot of the content repeated announcements that had been made at Midsummer Scream and Scare L.A., as well as on Knott's own social media. But we also had some brand new news, so without further ado, lets dive right into what was covered!
As with any Scary Farm event, before the actual presentation, they had monsters roaming the Charles M. Schulz Theater, preying upon the unsuspecting or inattentive. This was a great way to provide entertainment and get the crowd pumped for what was to come. After all, what says Halloween more than the terrified shrieks of innocent guests?
Shortly after 8pm, the show got underway, with emcee and Knott's Entertainment Supervisor Jeff Tucker once again hosting the festivities. Things began with the focus on the same box that unleashed the Deadly Seven. Naturally, everyone wondered WHAT'S IN THE BOX??? Well, it turned out to be Jeff himself, and his grand appearance got things going right away.
Like last year and the year before, Knott's Scary Farm will have two new shows--one featuring Elvira in the Charles Schulz Theater, and the annual Hanging show at Calico Square. Elvira's show promises to be all new (read: different storyline, same corny jokes and general assortment of variety acts). The Hanging features a pretty damn strong title. As Knott's has proven over the years, when The Hanging lampoons Disney, good things happen.
The big news was actually unveiled at the very end of the preview event. Camp Snoopy would once again return as a scare zone, this time under the new monicker "The Hollow." This scare zone takes on the legend of The Headless Horseman:
"From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves."
Of course, Ghost Town, Carnevil, and Fiesta de Los Muertos are back and promise to be fantastic as always.
There are three new mazes this year: Black Ops Infected, Shadowlands, and The Red Barn.
The first is a relocation of the interactive experience that has taken over Camp Snoopy the past two years. It has effectively been converted to a maze, with the ticketing system now eliminated (just get in line now). But with plenty of backstage territory, there's a lot of room for a whole new re-imagining of the set and scenery.
Shadowlands takes on a new theme I've not really seen tackled in haunted attractions, drawing inspiration from a variety of Japanese culture and folklore as it follows the story of a disgraced samurai who ventures into death to find honor and redemption. Of course, along the way, plenty of sinister creatures pose chilling and unnerving obstacles.
Finally, The Red Barn takes on a Texas Chainsaw Massacre type theme, sending guests into a rural territory full of sadistic, murderous, cannibalistic hillbillies creatures. This maze promises lots of gore, horrific beasts, and chainsaws!
Mazes back for another year include Trick or Treat, Voodoo, Paranormal Inc., The Tooth Fairy, The Gunslinger's Grave, and The Dead of Winter.
Also featured this year will be four sort of "mini-maze" experiences that are included as part of the Skeleton Key. In addition to the customary unlimited front-of-line access to the nine regular mazes, the Skeleton Key will provide one-time access to each of four "Skeleton Key Rooms," which will feature different interactive aspects utilizing new technology.
That pretty much summarizes the Knott's Scary Farm preview event. The Halloween Haunt rises Thursday, September 22, and runs select nights (usually Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) through Halloween night, October 31. Don't forget that you can also get unlimited visits to Knott's Scary Farm via the Scary Farm Season Pass, available for purchase for $75 plus fees for Knott's Berry Farm season passholders and $85 plus fees for non-passholders. This is a great deal, since it pays for itself after only two or three visits!
Knott's Scary Farm holds a special place in our hearts. The granddaddy of all haunts is what started the whole concept of the Halloween attraction, and the original storylines and production quality they've been doing the past few years has really stepped things up several levels. Haunt rocks. We'll see you in the fog...
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