Here’s everything you need to know about Knott’s Spooky Farm

BUENA PARK, Calif. — The thick fog and the costumed monsters that lurk in it have returned to Knott’s Berry Farm.

For 26 nights this Halloween season, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into its spookier alter ego, Knott’s Scary Farm, and brings new mazes, spooky throwback areas and other terrifying attractions.


What do you want to know

  • Knott’s Spooky Farm turns 49
  • This year at Knott’s Scary Farm there will be 17 spooky experiences, including nine mazes, five scary zones and three shows
  • New mazes include Bloodline 1842 and the Grimoire
  • Several returning favorites, including Puppet Up and Gore-ing 20s

This year, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates its 49th season of Knott’s Scary Farm. The nightly event will run on select dates from September 22 through Halloween night, October 31.

In total, there will be 17 spooky experiences, including nine mazes, five spooky zones, and three shows.

At the door, tickets start at $109, but visitors can save $50 by purchasing online.

Visitors should also be aware that the theme park is expanding its escort policy which requires adults 21 and older to accompany guests 17 and younger.

A chaperone may accompany no more than four guests ages 17 or younger per day, must remain inside the park, and be available by phone throughout the night. Knott Security will remove unaccompanied, unaccompanied minors from the theme park.

Additionally, the theme park implements a bag policy. Guests will not be permitted to bring bags larger than 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 2″ into the park, including purses, backpacks, or diaper bags.

Here are a few things visitors should know about this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm:

What’s new?

This year, Knott’s is offering two new scary mazes, a three-hour Beyond the Fog tour behind the scenes of the making of Knott’s Scary Farm, and two new shows.

New mazes include Bloodline 1842, an attraction that takes visitors through the streets of Valdonia, hunting down vampires. The other maze is the Grimoire, where guests enter the nightmarish stories inside a mysterious spellbook and attempt to escape the creatures within.

For the first time, the theme park will also pull back the curtain and allow visitors to see how the design team at Knott’s Scary Farm, year after year, succeeds in creating the haunting Halloween event. The three-hour walking tour dubbed the Frights Off Tour gives visitors a lesson in the history of Knott’s Frightful Farm and walks through several mazes with the lights on.

The two new shows are The Magnificent Carnival of the Grotesque at the Calico Mine Stage, where viewers will see performers perform death-defying feats and dangerous carnival acts, and The Conjurers: Dark Magic at the Bird Cage Theater. Viewers will watch an undertaker perform magic tricks.

Guests will see plenty of ghost gangsters and damsels in distress in the spooky Gore-ing 20s area. (Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm)

What comes back?

Seven mazes return, along with several fear zones and favorite shows.

Among the returning mazes are the Deeps, which takes guests to an underground cave with hidden costumed monsters, waist-high fog, and green special effects that make it look like people are walking through a swamp.

Wax Works returns with visitors exploring an abandoned wax museum. The maze features bloodcurdling scary screams in the hallways and bloody monsters lurking within the walls.

Fan favorites include Circus-themed Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind, Pumpkin Eater, Origins: The Curse of Calico, Dark Entities, and Dark Ride.

Knott’s Spooky Farm wouldn’t be what it is without the Spooky Zones. When people walk through certain parts of the theme park, it’s common to see thick fog covering an area and costumed monsters lurking in the shadows, behind walls, and even on the ground.

This year, guests will encounter the half-human, half-monster costumed villains filling the ghost town, deviant clowns strolling the boardwalk, and old-school 1920s gangsters and damsels running around the Walter Knott Theater area.

Puppet! Uncensored returns to the Walter Knott Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm)

Puppet Up is also back! Uncensored at the Walter Knott Theatre, where audiences can watch a live comedy improv performance with puppets.

Additionally, Knott’s dresses the Timber Mountain Log Ride with a Halloween Hootenanny overlay. You can experience selected works of art in Into The Fog: A Scary Farm Tribute Art Show.

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