Knott’s Scary Farm 2019

2019 • Knott's Scary Farm

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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 19-21; 26- 28; October 3-6; 10-13; 17-20; 23-27; 31; November 1-2, 2019
Event Name:
Knott’s Scary Farm 2019
Event Phrase:
Where Nightmares Never End
7:00 PM-1:00 AM (Non-Peak)
7:00 PM-2:00 AM (Peak Nights)
$43.00 +tax - $84.00 +tax
10 Maze(s)
4 Scare Zones
5 Shows

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Dark Entities
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A realm where the darkness is absolute. A space station faces terror beyond all imagination as an extraterrestrial muytation is on the hunt for new hosts.
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.
Origins: The Curse of Calico
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Doomed to roam Ghost Town every Halloween Season discover the birth of the lendary Knott's Scary Farm monsters in this terrifying new maze.
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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IN ITS FINAL YEAR… 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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IN ITS FINAL YEAR… 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 final stand is now.
The Depths
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Find your way around ominous caverns to discover if the superstitions are true or not. But be warned all who have entered have never resurfaced.
Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny
Timber Mountain Log Ride | X/5
Every year the citizens of the Timber Mountain invite the mysterious creatures that live out in the woods and caverns of the area to join them as they celebrate the season at the Halloween Hootenanny. The ride’s interior features surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper Band the town’s Green Witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns. All set around an original song performed by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.
Wax Works
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Blood Curdling screams can be heard echoing the halls as victims are submerged into a scourching hot cauldron of wax. Escape or become the newest masterpiece.
Forsaken Lake
Fiesta Plaza | ??/5
This unearthly scare zone is making its sinister return to the park Forsaken Lake. Once again the lake underneath Silver Bullet reveals the horrors and creatures it’s kept hidden until now. Forsaken Lake will unleash gothic creatures which have been ravaged by the dark and murky waters as they wander their crypts preying on unsuspecting visitors looking for victims to drag back to their watery graves. 
The Hollow
Camp Snoopy | ??/5
From within the fog Witches of the Hollow along with their armies of creatures have risen once again to battle with the Witch Hunter and terrorize guests.
Ghost Town Streets
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.
The Boardwalk | ??/5
Knott’s Boardwalk is taken over by “CarnEVIL” where the freak show is the main event and countless deviant clowns crave your undying attention.
Awaken the Dead
Fiesta Plaza | ??/5
This high-energy party at Fiesta Village features rhythmic music performances by a live DJ throughout the night dancing and sugar skull go-go dancers with Awaken the Dead.
Conjurers: Magic and Mirth at The Birdcage Theater
GhostRider | ??/5
Award winning magicians and Fox's "Master of Illusion" regulars take the stage for a comedy and magic show that will amaze and amuse. Show features: Eric Buss (Sept. 19 - 21) Dana Daniels (Sept. 26 - 29) Chipper Lowell (Oct. 2 - Nov. 2)
Puppet Up! – Uncensored
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Puppet Up! Uncensored is an outrageous off-the-cuff live show featuring a combination of improvisational comedy and the magic of puppetry performed by a cast of world-class comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company.
The Hanging: Witches’ Revenge
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The Citizens of Calico face their fiercest foes yet the censors; in this live stage show that looks back at the year’s pop culture with some killer comedy.
Time Zombies
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Travel back in time to the dark streets of London as you fend off hordes of the undead in this unique VR experience. Additional fee applies.

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