Knott’s Scary Farm 2002

2002 • Knott's Scary Farm

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Growing pains and extenuating circumstances.

By 1990, Knott’s Scary Farm’s “Monster College” was training over 500 ghouls a year. Sold-out weekends were more rule than exception. The event had bested local imitators before, but now every regional park in the country seemed to have its own take on Halloween Haunt. Without the celebrity guests that exemplified the ‘80s, the decade would be about standing out in an ever-busier industry.

What the competition ultimately couldn’t reverse-engineer out of Knott’s was its sense of humor. The signs were there with Elvira and “Weird Al” Yankovic. The Hanging’s turn to pop culture parody made it official. Halloween Haunt wasn’t just teeth-grinding terror - it was also black comedy only a wink, nudge, and fake corpse away from bad taste. The Timothy L. Eerie Time Machine maze mixed ‘60s psychedelia with zombified casualties of the Vietnam War. One XXXXXL Elvis jumpsuit later, Kingdom of the Dinosaurs became Kingdom of the Lounge Lizards. A murderous Santa Claus moved into the Timber Mountain Log Ride for a few years.

As Universal armed itself with known quantities like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Six Flags Magic Mountain enlisted the dark arts of Alice Cooper, Knott’s beat them both on sheer attitude, let alone craftsmanship. Fan-favorite mazes returned with annual revisions and reimaginings. Not one to be left behind, Knott’s started recruiting famous faces for its mazes, too. Only a year after his last appearance at Halloween Horror Nights, the Cryptkeeper moved down the 101. Construction had already started on a tie-in maze for Bram Stoker’s Dracula when the rights fell through and it hastily became Dominion of the Dead.

By 1999, those 500 ghouls out of the “Monster College” swelled to well over 1,000. Over 25 years after its debut, Knott’s Halloween Haunt showed no signs of slowing down.

Knott's Scary Farm™
October 3-6; 10-13; 17-20; 24-27; 29-31; November 1-2, 2002
Event Name:
Knott’s Scary Farm 2002
Event Phrase:
The biggest and scariest Halloween party in the world!
7:00 PM-1:00 AM (Non-Peak)
7:00 PM-2:00 AM (Peak Nights)
$38.00 +tax - $42.00 +tax
11 Maze(s)
4 Scare Zones
1 Shows

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Alien Attack 
Stage Coach Lawn | X/5
A frightening high-tech sci-fi world of terror. 
Army of the Underworld 
Calico Mine Ride | X/5
A train ride thourgh Hades filled with the Army of Darkness. 
Blood Bayou 
Mystery Lodge | X/5
Voodoo zombies have taken over this cursed swampland.
Carnival of Carnivorous Clowns 
Buffalo Nickel Arcade | X/5
The killer clowns have come to town to terrorize the children of all ages.
Curse of the Spider 
Calico Mine Ride | X/5
Arachnophobia awaits in this world of 8-legged freaks.
Horrorwood Fright FestEvil
Wilderness Dance Hall | X/5
Roll out the blood red carpet and welcome our ghoulish guests from our favorite horror films.
Lore of the Vampire 
Flying Ace Balloon Race | X/5
Travel with our pack of nocturnal hunters searching for the next victim.
Malice in Wunderland 
Bumper Cars | X/5
Down the rancid rabbit you go.
Red Moon Massacre
Timber Mountain Log Ride | X/5
Big bad werewolves rule the night during Little Red Riding Hood's walk to Grandmama's house.
The Inquisition 
Peanuts’ Playhouse | X/5
A Dark Ages dungeon of torture.
The Underground 
Fiesta Plaza | X/5
A post-nuclear war encounter with toxic mutants and industrial warlords.

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