- Location: Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
- 2011 dates: September 23-25 and 29-30. October 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, and 26-31.
- 2011 times: The theme park closes at 5:30 p.m. 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 checks IDs, but the event is not recommended for children under 13 (or the squeamish of any age).
- 2011 tickets: There is a separate admission to Knott's Scary Farm Haunt. Tickets are $57 at the gate and, depending on the date, range from $34 to $51 if purchased online in advance. Group discounts available for minimum of 50 tickets (call 714-220-5163 for info).
Other admission options include a "V.I.M" (Very Important Monster) guided tour. For the very pricey fee of $2000, up to six guests can get front-of-the-line entry into the mazes and a personal guide. The tours require advance reservations by calling (714) 220-5298. There is also a "Pre-Scare Dinner" packages as well as hotel packages available.
- Camp Spooky, which is geared to younger children, is included with the price of park admission and is offered on weekends from October 1 to 30.
- Knott's Scary Farm Haunt photo gallery.
- Official Knott's Scary Farm Haunt 2011 Web site. Presale tickets are available online.
Knott's Scary Farm 2011 OverviewWe may take them for granted now, but before Knott's tricked out its park for Knott's Scary Farm 39 years ago, there were no theme park Halloween events. It is the oldest, one of the biggest, and arguably among the top two best park scare-fests (with Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights taking the other top spot).
Zombies and bizarro monsters lurk behind every sagebrush in Knott's four scare zones: CarnEVIL, Necropolis, Ghost Town, and new for 2011, Gypsy Camp. (Park trivia: There used to be a Gypsy Camp land in Knott's Berry Farm.) This year's event features 13 (oooh, even the number is scary!) mazes, which include the new Delerium, Invasion Beneath, and “Endgames: Warriors of the Apocalypse." Other mazes include Fallout Shelter (in 3-D for an extra dimension of radiation-soaked grossness) and the Headless Horseman-themed Sleepy Hollow Mountain (at Knott's log ride attraction), as well as returning classics such as The Doll Factory and The Corn Stalkers (Hah! You gotta love the names!).
Among the seven stage shows is the always wildly inventive The Hanging, which takes a cheeky look at current events through blood-colored glasses. Other highlights include Zamora’s Sideshow of the Bizarre, which turns self-inflicted sadism into an art form, and the new Haunt Wonders of Technology.
Many of Knott's regular rides will be open in addition to the Halloween mayhem. Particularly appropriate: the wonderful Ghost Rider wooden coaster.
Camp Spooky, Knott's daytime Halloween event for younger kids, includes Snoopy's Costume Party (kids can come in costume, but no costumes are allowed at the nighttime Haunt), a Spooktacular stage show, s slightly scary Haunted Harvest Maze, and crafts making.