Knott’s Scary Farm 2017: Haunt Review

Knott’s Scary Farm has been a Southern California haven for good old-fashioned amusement-park-style Halloween fun since 1973 — and 2017 carries on that tradition. This year, the terror continues with monsters in the fog, thrilling mazes and plenty of spooky fun for everyone.

Returning mazes this year include the popular Shadowlands and Paranormal, Inc., plus Voodoo, The Tooth Fairy, and Trick or Treat (new for Trick or Treat this year is that you go through “in the dark”).

Brand new mazes include the sinister carnival-esque Dark Ride, and the spooky Pumpkineater, in which you face the wrath of a murderous 7-foot tall creature while wandering the “rotting” insides of a giant pumpkin.


As you wander the park, the usual gang of monsters, evil clowns, and sliders await in the fog in the various scare zones: CarnEvil, Fiesta De Los Muertos, Ghost Town and Sleepy Hollow, and once again you have the opportunity to take aim at zombies in the Special Ops: Infected attraction. Also, don’t miss thrill rides like the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which has been decked out in Halloween eeriness. It’s a ton of fun as you can see from our photo below:


Sadly, this year at Scary Farm is particularly significant because it’s the final year that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (the Queen of Halloween!) will be doing her famous, long running stage show — something that fans of haunts, horror and Halloween won’t want to miss. We consider Elvira to be a national treasure and her show is a hoot, so make sure to get down to Knott’s and check it out while you still can…

Finally, no visit to Knott’s would be complete without a boysenberry funnel-cake, so make sure to get one of these while you’re there too. (We never miss it).

The down-home screams, thrills, spooks and noms at Knott’s Scary Farm are enough to make you feel like a kid again, and isn’t that the best part of Halloween after all? Knott’s Scary Farm is one of our favorite things to do in October and it really is the place to be for a taste of the true spirit of the season. Here’s hoping Knott’s keeps their Halloween tradition going for another 40 years…


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