Knott's, Dark Harbor announce dates at Midsummer Scream

August 4, 2019, 11:14 PM · Midsummer Scream wrapped tonight at the Long Beach Convention Center, but not before hosting ballroom panels featuring news from a couple of Southern California's top Halloween haunts.

Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary revealed a new maze for its 2019 event, Rogue: "It’s all hands on deck as a rogue wave has hit the Queen Mary, causing confusion and fear as the ship turns completely on its side, in danger of capsizing. Will the Captain right the ship? Or will he lead her and all souls aboard into a watery grave?"

Dark Harbor 10 kicks off September 26, running Thursdays through Sunday nights through November 2. Tickets start at $34-44 and are now on sale at The Queen Mary's website.

The Dark Harbor team also promoted its expansion to Orlando, where Dark Horizon will run with hundreds of monsters across three mazes, two stages, and a virtual 4D experience on 16 nights between October 4 through November 2 this fall, behind the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites (the old Nickelodeon Hotel). Tickets are available at

At the event's final panel, Knott's Scary Farm announced that it would run Thursday through Sunday nights starting September 19 through November 2 this fall. One-night tickets are on sale now, starting at $43, with $100 Scary Farm Passes — good for every night — also available. Fast Lane upgrades and the Knott's Scary Farm Boo-fet dinner also are now on sale.

As for the event itself, Knott's annual Scary Farm reveal event for its theme park annual passholders will happen Thursday, August 29 at 8pm, with required reservations opening this Friday at 5pm at

Creative directors did reveal at Midsummer Scream two returning mazes for this year's Scary Farm: Dark Ride and Special Ops: Infected, which they said would be running for its final year. Scary Farm fans are getting changes in those two mazes this season, with two new rooms and two new characters for Infected and a couple of new characters and rooms for Dark Ride, including new a final room called — appropriately enough — "Gift Shop."

Finally, event organizers announced tonight that Midsummer Scream will return on August 1-2, 2020.

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August 5, 2019 at 6:56 PM

The Queen Mary is always my favorite of the haunts. The mazes are much longer, crowds are much lower, prices are much enter the mazes with fewer people...which ultimately makes the scares so much better.

The fact that the (3 mazes) that are on the actual ship take you to places normally closed to the public....and are already creepy, makes this my favorite haunt to visit between Knotts & Universal.

August 6, 2019 at 2:09 PM

Oh great. I was planning on only going to Knott's as I don't have availability to do go to more... but the Queen Mary looks amazing, so I may have to do that as well.

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