Knott's Extends Schedule with New Halloween Event

September 10, 2020, 2:22 PM · Knott's Berry Farm is rolling out a third weekend food festival event, Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween. This one kicks off September 25 and runs Fridays through Sundays until November 1.

The Buena Park, Calif. theme park reopened last month under California rules that allowed for outdoor dining. Park rides and attractions remain closed since California has not yet approved theme parks to reopen, but guests can dress up and kids can hit the Trick or Treat trail in Camp Snoopy during this event. Knott's also is staging an all-new "Into the Fog" art show with more than 45 art pieces celebrating the Halloween season.

Admission is with the purchase of a tasting card, which is $35 plus tax for adults and includes five food or drink items. Kids' cards are $20 plus tax and include three items plus a go through the Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail. (Ages 3-11)

Tasting cards can be bought through the Knott's website. You must have a tasting card to enter the park, but season passholders can get 10 percent off the price of tasting cards.

While costume will be permitted for the event, costume masks will not substitute for appropriate face coverings which must be worn at all times, except when seated to eat and physically distant from other parties.

Taste of Fall-O-Ween follows the Taste of Calico and Taste of Knott's events. If California doesn't issue guidance for theme parks to open soon, who's ready for the inevitable Knott's Taste of the Holidays event?

Replies (4)

September 11, 2020 at 9:36 AM

Robert, do you think Knott's is conceding that the park will not re-open before early November? What if the state gives the go-ahead for parks to re-open between now and then? What will happen to people who have bought tickets to the weekend events but the park is able to re-open with rides on a limited scale?

September 11, 2020 at 4:19 PM

I don't see any parks reopening before November 1, given the current environment in California.

Even if guidance from the state came in the next couple of weeks, it's unlikely that parks could get everything together to reopen before mid-to-late October at this point. And I suspect that reopening guidance from the state won't be coming for at least another couple of weeks.

September 11, 2020 at 6:46 PM

Don't take this as official word, but from what I heard through a friend Knott's has a contingency plan in the event they are allowed to fully reopen and they could be ready within one week from receiving guidelines. The park was prepared for an early July opening, and since that time they've kept everything in a ready to open condition. I don't know if the same is true of So Cal's other parks, but Knott's is ready to go.

As for the guidelines, again, just a rumor, but they're supposedly really close to being finalized and parks are already prepping for opening using those that have been confirmed. However, opening won't be approved until all five of the big So Cal counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego) have reached at least the red tier, as mixing of population from these regions is inevitable. Personally, I have no idea why they aren't just using the zoo guidelines as the two operations have many similarities, but none of this makes much sense. I mean, I can now go dine indoors or see a movie in Orange County, but going to Knott's and hopping on GhostRider or Xcelerator is still apparently too dangerous.

As for this particular event, after doing Taste of Knott's I'm not really interested in another food festival, especially as the cost has gone up with each one. However, if the park actually opens fully, I'll be there the first opportunity I get, and will probably sample a few of the items that catch my interest.

September 12, 2020 at 3:02 AM

Besides the whole re-opening dates which are unknown, this event can simply be solved if parks reopen for rides and give those allowed on rides to have wristbands, like what Disneyland does for their Halloween events.

And the absurdity, ups and downs, and mixed messages of CA re-opening stages, which have changed 4 times, is a mess! I am hoping OC parks can open by October 1, but I also waiver on thinking the politics being played in terms of Covid-19 will keep everything closed until after election day, which is a shame. Orlando has re-opened parks in June and July... they look safe and the data shows it can be safe with safety protocols in place. Why are we not living life out and about but in masks?! I honestly think 90% of CA could be re-opened including most schools and colleges if we used some common sense, empathy for others, wore masks, socially distanced and stayed home if any signs of illness, while also supporting those with medical conditions that are more at risk.

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