- Trapped: The New Experiment
Making its debut as a concept last year (although the 2013 version of the actual maze will be different), Knott's invites groups of hardy souls to subject themselves to a premium haunted maze experience. Translation: It'll cost you extra. (Last year, the up-charge was $75 for up to a group of six.) Trapped requires groups to work together and solve clues to make their way through the hellish maze. If it's anything like last year, expect lots of invasive, sorta gross, and definitely freaky/scary/bizarre challenges before you'll be able to escape.
- Black Magic
A seance conjures Houdini's ghost, and he's none too pleased, apparently, in this new maze for 2013. As you make your way through the iconic magician's theater, be prepared for weird and scary things to happen (like you expected anything else?).
- Dominion of the Damned
This new maze has something to do with The Blood Queen. I'm not sure what principality she rules or how she got the title. But I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to mess with her.
Old school horrormeister Edgar Allan Poe gets the Knott's treatment in this new maze. The park is promising that visitors will become part of such classic tales as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," and "The Pit and the Pendulum." A one-time-only cameo appearance might be OK; it's the "forevermore" part that sounds like a bit too much of a commitment.
- Mirror, Mirror
Yet another new maze for 2013 (the Knott's Haunt gremlins must be extra busy this year), visitors will be confronted with a cursed mirror into which they will enter an alternate reality of horror. Sounds like what I'm confronted with every morning when I gaze into my bathroom mirror.
- The Gunslinger's Grave
The sixth (count 'em, six!) new maze will send guests back to the Old West (doesn't Knott's do that every day?) where they will follow in the footsteps of a failed -- and presumably dead -- gunslinger. Here's hoping guests don't meet the same fate.
Returning mazes will include Pinocchio Unstrung, Endgames: Warriors of the Apocalypse, and Uncle Willy's Slaughterhouse for a total of 10. In addition to the mazes, the Haunt will offer four scare zones and six stage shows. The highlight will likely be "The Hanging," Knott's annual cheeky satire of current events as seen through blood-colored glasses. But "Elvira's Sinema Seance," featuring the legendary horror queen in person, will surely be on everyone's must-see list as well.
A number of Knott's rides will be open in addition to the Halloween happenings. A spin aboard Ghost Rider, the park's wooden coaster, would be particularly in the holiday spirit.
- Location: Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
- 2013 dates: September 26 to 29. October 3 to 6, 10 to 13, 17 to 20, 24 to 27, 30, and 31.
- 2013 times: The daytime theme park closes each evening on Haunt nights and reopens at 7 p.m. as Knott's Scary Farm. The event continues until 1 a.m. (2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
- Age restrictions: Nobody would be refused admittance, but the Haunt is not designed for children under 13 (or anyone easily grossed out).
- Snoopy's Costume Party, a daytime event geared to younger children, is included with the price of park admission and is offered on weekends in October.