Catalina and I weaved in and out of horrifying mazes while dodging zombies and the lurking, creepy monsters. We latched onto each other as we squinted through the rolling fog, waiting for something crazy to jump out us. A scene from the Walking Dead? No! We were at Knott’s Halloween event Knott’s Scary Farm!! I’m a big scardey cat when it comes to haunted attractions but I actually had more fun that I expected. I pulled myself together and made a thrilling Mom’s night out of it.
The evening started with a behind-the-scenes photo maze tour of Voodoo. It’s interesting to see what the maze looks like before the real action takes place. The designers put an amazing amount of imagination, planning and detail into these mazes and the special effects which was evident as we walked through the maze. Sadly, many details may be missed especially when you’re running, screaming and hunched over as you try and avoid eye contact with vampires. By the way, you will see “dead people”!
Knott’s has added three new mazes this year as well as additional secret Skeleton Key rooms that you can purchase in addition to your ticket:
Voodoo (new for 2014): Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes. Guests must choose their path from a number of foreboding choices, resulting in a different terrifying outcome with each journey into the swamp.
The Tooth Fairy (new for 2014): The joy of hiding a lost tooth under the pillow becomes a nightmare of pain and blood in this new maze that will leave teeth chattering. This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the massive tooth fairy, himself. Say aahhh.
Trapped: Lock and Key (new for 2014): This year Trapped returns with more rooms, more intricate puzzles and a shocking finale more extreme than any experience ever presented at Knott’s Scary Farm. You become part of the terror and are forced to face your darkest fears, confront your inner terrors and descend into the madness of a maze with no way out. Trapped is not for the squeamish as the challenges are darker and more terrifying than any that have come before. (Additional fee and reservation required.)
Trick-or-Treat: Trick or treat, which will it be? Step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell. You can come away with a treat, but is it worth it? Featuring a high flying finale and new scares in the witch’s dining room, this fan favorite is back for its third year of fear.
Black Magic: The veil between the living and the dead is severed when Houdini’s ghost materializes during a séance and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes on his theatre. Back for its second year, Black Magic was one of the most popular mazes in its debut season last year. Guests will find newmagic and even more monsters inside the ominous theater in 2014.
Forevermore: The twisted mind of Edgar Allen Poe comes alive as the “Forevermore Killer” works his way through one haunting tale after another. Back for its second killer season, Forevermore is one of the longest mazes ever created for Knott’s Scary Farm, and features richly detailed story lines and scenery.
The Gunslinger’s Grave: Return to the Old West and walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path of retribution against a corrupt township. You may have visited Knott’s historic Ghost Town, but it’s not until you’ve followed the blood lusting gunslinger that you know the real dangers that lurk in the old west.
Dominion of the Damned: The Blood Queen’s reign has ended, but the seductive vampires continue to lure unsuspecting guests into this gothic lair of terror. Guests’ thirst for this bloody maze was unquenchable last season, and it returns with an unbelievable new finale.
Pinocchio Unstrung: Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, but Pinocchio has returned with an army of murderous marionettes intent on killing his former masters. Revenge comes with no strings attached.
The Witch’s Keep: Many years ago, The Green Witch uncovered a wicked source of power in the depths of the Calico Mine, and now she’s hell-bent on using this mysterious energy to capture and corrupt all who dare enter! With newly enhanced show scenes, lighting, and special effects, this not-too-scary mine train adventure is perfect Halloween fun.
Need even more fright? Fright Lane with Skeleton Key offers unlimited priority access to nine mazes and haunted attractions all night long. The Skeleton Key, which is included with all Fright Lane passes, “unlocks” a secret extra room inside some of the mazes. Guests also receive a commemorative lanyard and collectible keychain. Fright Lane with Skeleton Key passes start at $65.00. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)
I entered two of the secret rooms and decided to skip the rest. My poor heart just couldn’t handle any more scary!
Want to blast Zombies? Make sure to grab your timed ticket upon arrival and head over to the camp Snoopy area. There you will receive a timed ticket to take out zombies in INFECTED! Tip: Your laser gun will deactiviate if zombies get too close so RUN!!!
The scariest part of my evening? Walking through the streets of Ghost Towns. The fog messes with your vision and there is evil lurking everywhere! BE CAREFUL!! I mistakenly walked through twice!!! I’m scarred for life…
Fiesta De Los Muertos is a good place to dance away the stress and a visit with the Mistress of the Dark. Visit the Charles M. Schultz Theatre for Elvira’s Big top show!
Knott’s Scary Farm is happening now through November 1, 2014!
Enjoy you crazy ghouls!!!