On August 31, 2012, Knott’s Berry Farm opened the brand-new Halloween Haunt museum to celebrate their 40th haunt. Located in the middle of Ghost Town, guests will immediately notice the decorations – cobwebs, flickering pumpkins, and spooky props. Since Knott’s started large Halloween events in 1973, we are surprised that a museum like this hasn’t opened earlier! While the footprint for the museum is small, it is jam packed with props, artwork, and costumes from the last 40 years of Halloween Haunt. The museum will appeal to all kinds of guests – it may give nostalgia to some, but will also impress the younger generation or casual folks.
Inside the museum, you will find props from 2008 to all the way from the 1970s! One of the highlights of the museum is a ghost prop that was used in the Mine Ride in the early 1970s. What’s iconic about this prop is that it marks the very first Halloween Haunt. John Waite, who is considered “Halloween Haunt Employee #1″, was responsible to decorate the rides under Bud Hurlbut and installed the small ghost prop inside the Mine Ride. Knott’s Berry Farm has managed to completely refurbish the ghost prop and put it as a display for all guests to see.
In the video above, you will hear John Waite tell stories about his days working at Knott’s Berry Farm with the legendary Bud Hurlbut and how Halloween Haunt started from the man himself.
Knott’s 40th Halloween Haunt Museum is now open until the end of October.
Visit http://www.knotts.com/haunt2012 for more information.