KNOTT'S SCARY FARM
Knott’s Scary Farm is a Halloween event at Knott’s Berry Farm in which the theme park is transformed into 160 acres of horror via a series of roaming monsters, terrifying mazes, and scare zones. It is the largest Halloween event to be held at a theme park.
- Knott’s Scary Farm
- 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA
- Group Experience in Mazes
- No Contact; Fake Gore; Loud Noises
- Nine Mazes and Four Skeleton Key Rooms
- Five Scare Zones with over 1000 Scare Actors Total
- Great Blend of Humor and Horror!
Knott’s Scary Farm runs every Halloween season.
For information on any upcoming Knott’s Scary Farm events, please scroll down or check our events page, map, or calendar!
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Originally a three-night affair, beginning on October 26, 1973, the annual, month-long event celebrated its 45th year in 2017. It has become the largest event of any theme park. The concept was introduced to the park’s operations committee in a meeting in September 1973 by George Condos and Martha Boyd of the marketing department, and Bill Hollingshead and Gary Salisbury of the entertainment office. Bud Hurlbut, who built and operated (as a concessionaire) the Mine Ride, Log Ride and other rides, decided that having static props wasn’t enough, so he put on a gorilla suit and scared guests as they rode on the Mine Ride. Halloween Haunt was an instant hit, and by the next year, the event sold out nightly. The continued balance of horror and humor has been a key to the continuing success of Knott’s Halloween Haunt.
Knott’s Scary Farm is now one of the largest and most haunting Halloween activity in Southern California! The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted houses, mazes and attractions, sinister shows, a dozen thrill rides in the dark and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. Knott’s Scary Farm is far more than a collection of haunted houses and mazes. Every night, monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into terrifying scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm, where nightmares never end.
During the 1990s, Knott’s changed their approach to Halloween by incorporating parodies, fun, and dark humor. This humor was added to many facets in the theme park and Knott’s turned from the explicit horror to black comedy. This continuing balance of horror and humor has been a key to the continuing success of Knott’s Halloween Haunt.
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