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Knott’s Scary Farm Opens Strong for Halloween 2015

Knotts_Scary_Farm_2015_3920It’s a tradition going back to 1973 here in Southern California; the sun flickers and drowns over the horizon, nightfall creeps across the land, and fog billows from Ghost Town and other areas of the theme park as it writhes in pain, transforming from Knott’s Berry Farm into the world-famous Knott’s Scary Farm!

Okay – perhaps it’s not so dramatic; and to be honest, fans get just as excited reading that makeup and wardrobe operations have commenced in the early afternoon hours backstage in the fabled Warehouse P at Knott’s, and techs are making last-minute checks on fog machine juice and lighting inside the mazes and scare zones as media assembles for the opening night of Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park! That’s exactly what transpired on the evening of September 24th; for Theme Park Adventure, it continued our 21st year covering the granddaddy of all Halloween events (the first event being the 2015 Scary Farm preview in August).

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Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 Returning Maze Reviews

Knotts_Black_Magic_2014_40672014 was a mixed bag of new, innovative attractions at Knott’s Scary Farm, along with the return of familiar mazes that fans have come to love over the more recent years. In this maze review, Theme Park Adventure takes a look at all of those returning attractions to Halloween Haunt and how they have fared compared to years past, as well as the newer mazes that were rolled out this year.

Since Knott’s Scary Farm offers so many walk-through mazes, they are on a several-year rotation once they debut (unless they are really poorly-received or one-off productions, such as studio-backed movie tie-ins). Generally, we lose two or three old mazes each season to make way for new attractions or mazes at Haunt. Some people bemoan this process, saying that Knott’s should introduce more new mazes each season and get rid of the returning ones faster, or simply only have them for a year. While we get that, it’s simply not feasible or doable, considering that the Knott’s Haunt design team is relatively small; Cedar Fair doesn’t provide a large enough budget to Knott’s to come up with upward of 10 new mazes each season, either. Considering the history of Knott’s Scary Farm, I honestly don’t think it’s something that the company needs to do now or any time in the foreseeable future; fans adore Halloween Haunt mazes, and the majority of people don’t have a problem with most returning for several years. Occasionally, mazes last even four or five years – however, that is very rare these days. By the time most mazes fade into the shadows and history books, we’ve had our fill and are ready for what comes next. Sometimes it’s a bummer to see mazes disappear, and they become the stuff of legend. Other times, mazes devolve into pale ghosts of their former glory (as we witnessed this year), and we’re glad to see them go away rather than continue a bummer downward spiral.

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REVIEW: Trick Or Treat 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

In 2012, Knott’s Scary Farm designer Brooke Walters stunned fans and Theme Park Adventure with her then-newest maze creation, Trick Or Treat. It was our favorite addition to the event as it celebrated its 40th Haunt, with a classic old school Halloween theme combined with the current Green Witch character push that Knott’s has placed front and center now for the past two seasons. Knowing that Trick Or Treat hadn’t changed much between 2012 and 2013, we were eager to experience it again for a second year in a row at the Scary Farm!

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Knott’s Scary Farm Impresses on First Night 2013

It’s hard to believe, but the gates have swung open at Knott’s Scary Farm for their 41st Annual Halloween Haunt event in Buena Park! As is customary, Theme Park Adventure was on hand, to capture images and yes, a First Night video, of the event to share with Halloween fans around the world! This year’s Haunt at Knott’s featured some tremendous new mazes as well as monsters that were more than ready to plunge fangs-first into the fog! This is not a review – those come soon enough – but more of our overall impression of Halloween Haunt 2013 as a whole…

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REVIEW: Trick Or Treat at Knott’s Halloween Haunt 2012

This year, Knott’s made a strong effort to introduce its own unique character to the public as the face of its 40th Halloween Haunt event in Buena Park, California. Unlike the unsuccessful Overlord character that Cedar Fair cookie cut and rolled out at several of its theme parks a few years ago as the “icon of Haunt”, Knott’s was tasked to create an all-new, park-specific character that would symbolize the park’s 40th run of Halloween Haunt while paying homage to its past in a way that could be used to strongly market the Scary Farm’s milestone incarnation. That character was the Green Witch, and in turn, Knott’s felt that the icon needed a home somewhere within the Scary Farm. Halloween Haunt designer Brooke Walters was handed this task, and really strove to create something special for Knott’s. And so, Trick Or Treat was set in motion.

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