Knott’s Scary Farm 2017

2017 • Knott's Scary Farm

2 Members Attended

Homegrown, world-class.

Quality is as important as quantity in any self-respecting haunt, but sometimes the numbers speak for themselves. In 2010, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights had four scratch-built mazes. That same year, Knott’s had eleven, not counting grisly overlays to the historic Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride.

With the competition never fiercer, Halloween Haunt turned its limitations into strengths. With few exceptions, Universal’s studio-quality mazes only lasted one season. Knott’s kept theirs for four or more years, justifying a deeper investment into their design. Plywood sets became lush environments. Off-the-rack masks turned into custom prosthetics. B-movie loglines developed into carefully crafted stories. Scares that didn’t work could be refined, replaced, or removed entirely, salvaging what could’ve been remembered as a bad one-off maze. As a result, Halloween Haunt consistently, organically grew from year to year. Not always bigger but, in theory, always better. It might not inspire as much repeat business as Universal’s annual slash-and-burn, but it did allow for more experimentation.

Knott’s Halloween Haunt celebrated its 40th anniversary with Trapped, one of the earliest “escape room” attractions in the United States. For an additional fee, groups of up to six people could test their mettle through a gauntlet of personalized nightmares from eating creepy-crawlies to summoning Bloody Mary in a hall of mirrors. The success of this experience would inspire the Skeleton Key pass, which allowed access to secret rooms in select mazes. These upcharge experiences could be as simple as a brief stay in a closed coffin or as involved as a mock séance.

Even if both practices were abandoned by the end of the decade, the distinct theatricality remained. Paranormal, Inc. starts with an effects-heavy preshow before guests are let into the maze proper. A simulated elevator ride into the Earth’s crust was eventually added to The Depths. The churning process wasn’t always smooth - some mazes wore out their welcome, others had the misfortune to last until more elaborate designs outpaced them - but it gave Knott’s a new lease on the afterlife.

If you want to walk through the latest silver screen slashers, go to Universal. But if you want handcrafted, homemade terror in your theme park haunt, there’s no better place to go than where it all began.

Knott's Scary Farm™
September 21-23; 2-30; October 1; 5- 8; 12-15; 19- 22; 26-31, 2017
Event Name:
Knott’s Scary Farm 2017
Event Phrase:
Where Nightmares Never End
7:00 PM-1:00 AM (Non-Peak)
7:00 PM-2:00 AM (Peak Nights)
$40.00 +tax - $75.00 +tax
10 Maze(s)
4 Scare Zones
2 Shows

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Dark Ride
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Journey throughout an amabandoned carnival ride where cruel carny folks still linger. Venture down a treacherous path of sinister shadows and horrifying scenes.
Paranormal Inc.
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Demonic spirits of the murdered victims have been detected throughout the mysterious halls while evil medical staff prowl for new patents to toruture.
Pumpkin Eater
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Escape the Pumpkin Eater's wrath by navigating your way through a cave of crawling insects and solving the labyrinth of thorns.
Shadow Lands
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Enter the hair-raising maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory.
Special Ops: Infected
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Enlist and arm yourself and your squad with specially designed laser guns to embark on a mission throughout the city to find the zombie infection cure.
The Red Barn
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Race through a blood-soaked barn filled with gore that is home to a murderous farmer. Enter if you dark for those who do never escape.
The Tooth Fairy
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This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out a disorienting x-ray strobe light room and a finale with new terrifying surprises. Say aahhh.
Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny
Timber Mountain Log Ride | X/5
Race through a blood-soaked barn filled with gore that is home to a murderous farmer. Enter if you dark for those who do never escape.
Trick or Treat: Lights Out
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Scared of the dark? With only a faulty flashlight face the terror of the Green Which's house completely in the dark.
Ghost Town
Ghost Town Alive! | ??/5
Ghost Town Streets is the original - and still most terrifying scare zone - that started it all. Bands of half-human half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog. Beware the notoriously startling Sliders who lunge from every fog-filled corner of the land.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
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The legendary Mistress of the Dark graces the Knott's Scary Farm stage for the final time this year! Elvira goes out with a bang in a spectacular all-new show! Don't miss you last chance to pay your respects to the Queen of Halloween at Knott's Scary Farm.
The Hanging
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A live stage show filled with special effects and high-flying stunts that is a ho holds barred assault on popculture's most infamous moments of the year.

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