32nd Annual Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt

Knott's Berry Farm: Another report from this year's Halloween Haunt at Knott's

From Matthew M
Posted October 13, 2004 at 11:05 AM
Let me start off by saying that this trip was awesome. It started off slow but ended up being probably the best of the three trips I have gone.

The first themed attraction that I headed towards was Army of the Underworld. I was very excited because in 2001 it was great. For some reason this year it almost seemed like a haunted house that 4th graders would run. It only had something like 3 monsters jump out and it seemed cheesy at times. We did not ride Red Moon Masacre because we did it last year and wanted to do attractions we have not yet done.

The night started pretty bad, but after a ride on Xcelerator and a trip through Carnivorous Clowns, the trip seemed to brighten up. The Clown maze was just as exciting as it usually is. It is a good maze to start out with so you are not upset after walking through better mazes.

After the clowns, we headed over to Malice. This was my first time through Malice and I enjoyed it. I heard that it was not that great this year but I found nothing wrong with it.

We then went to the Asylum which is the best maze in the park hands down. The que this year was much better with the electric chair man. They added a few things that were cool, but I was sad when i did not see the narrowing walls or the people that hand out candy. I like this maze the most because it is very disturbing, yet humorous at the same time.

After the Asylum, we hit up Red Beard. It was not the best maze I have been into, but it had its moments.

We then ventured over to Terror Vision which was great. second best in my opinion. Killigan's Island was a crack up. This one and the Asylum is worth the $46.

Next was Curse of the Spider. First time I made it to this one. Nothing too great about it. Costumes were alright but thats about it.

To end the night I saw the show in the "Goul Time Theatre" Dr. Cleaver was no substitute to last years show headed by Ed Alonzo. I didn't see his show, but if I head back this year I will be sure to see that one again.

All in all this trip was great. I highly encourage everyone to go this year. Like I said, it was the best of the 3 trips I have made.

From cheryl hammock
Posted October 13, 2004 at 7:04 PM
We go every year. We have been attending since about 1990. We now bring my neice and a bunch of her friends each year and as teens, they love it. HOWEVER, it had been getting better and better every year until the last 3 years. For locals, it isn't fun to pay 45.00 a person to go thru the same haunted mazes as the year before and the year before that. I loved the Gilligan Island also, it was too funny, but we were sad that it all looked the same again. Also, there were fewer wandering monsters around the park (yes, we went on a Sat nite) so no excuses. The Army of the Underworld was no good this year. It was the same as last year, but with less monsters. I want to ask Knotts what they are spending the 45.00pp price on? It isn't the park. Next year we are gonna go somewhere else. We want to be really scared! Any Southern California suggestions??! Thanks

From Jason Lester
Posted October 18, 2004 at 8:35 PM
sorry to say it but knott's is the best in california unless you want to go to the six flags crap I mean fright fest

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted April 18, 2005 at 4:08 PM
well I have to say that I must agree with you on some of the things. The reason that not that many Talent work in army of the underworld is because it gets hot in there very quick and there is not that much room to work in there it is alsohard to see what your doing with a mask on. Also do not go to scary farm for the rides because that is not what haunt is for at night time. It costs alot cheaper and is hell of alot less crowded during the day. Go through each maze as many times as you can first go through all the mazes once, even if you didn't like them before, things change. Then go through each maze again for scenery viewing. Blood Bayou is gone (just to let you know). well off to sliding practice for me. ttfn.

the only thing to fear... is the beast himself

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted April 18, 2005 at 4:16 PM
cheryl, haunt is the best theme park halloween extravaganza in the world, trust me on this, knott's only hires the best monsters of the U.S. people fly half way around the world just to go to (or work) scary farm. try going the first weekend. alot less people and more monsters

From Jason Lester
Posted April 19, 2005 at 5:18 PM
That sucks. I liked Blood Bayou.

From The Beast
Posted May 3, 2005 at 10:16 AM
I will keep you guys up to date just e-mail me at chargersboy@bcglobal or you can contact another monster who works in ghost town, his name is Rage so contact him at ragegts@yahoo.com

From Jason Lester
Posted May 3, 2005 at 6:04 PM
Hey Beast,

Is there any advance word on ideas floating around for 2005 houses? It's probably too soon, but I was just wondering. And also, has it been made official that Blood Bayou will not be returning?

From The Beast
Posted May 3, 2005 at 11:33 PM
I cannot give out the mazes yet but, yes Blood Bayou is gone. It will truely be missed by alot of people. all I'll give out is. It's an old maze older then the nightmares maze. except it will have a neww name and it will be in 3D.

From Jason Lester
Posted May 6, 2005 at 6:42 PM
Thanks for the hint. I look forward to this year's event.

It sucks to see Blood Bayou is leaving and I will miss it. Keep up the good work man!

From The Beast
Posted May 15, 2005 at 12:23 AM
I will tell you one new maze and that is all, ok? The maze is called "Scary Tales". That's it!!! NO MORE FROM ME!!!! :X

From Jason Lester
Posted May 15, 2005 at 9:10 AM
Thanks so much!

I never attended Haunt when the original Scary Tales was there.

From Jason Lester
Posted May 15, 2005 at 9:13 AM
Or should I say Mother Noose's Scary Tales.

From The Beast
Posted June 29, 2005 at 4:57 PM
I can't not give out details because haunt management will get angry at us

From amy baugh
Posted July 13, 2005 at 5:04 PM
Yes Beast, you've said too much already. ;)

From Jason Lester
Posted July 14, 2005 at 10:45 AM
Beast, when is Knott's going to release the maze's for 2005?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 21, 2005 at 4:40 PM
I now go on as the name Kritter. The mazes for haunt 2005 will be revealed by late August early September.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 21, 2005 at 4:41 PM
e-mail me for any questions at


From Jason Lester
Posted July 21, 2005 at 10:32 PM
I can't wait. Haunt is awesome and certainly tops any other Halloween event, yes, even Universal's Horror Nights.

I'm just dying (no pun intended) to find out the mazes. As where a lot leaks from Universal, Knott's is more tight-lipped. One question you can probably answer. When does maze construction start?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 22, 2005 at 2:48 PM
Backstage mazes has already started my friend, if you go to knotts you can see in front that redbeards beginning is being built

From Jason Lester
Posted July 22, 2005 at 9:55 PM
Backstage mazes. Ha Ha! Funny. I know that they're fake dude, so don't even try to joke with me about them. I used to think they may exist and got pushed around by guys on themeparkadventure for it so I don't like to discuss them.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 23, 2005 at 9:25 AM
no. I mean the The Asylum and Malice in Wunderland those mazes are in the back of the park or in the backstage area.... the fake mazes are called "V.I.P" mazes

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 23, 2005 at 9:27 AM
sit on the right side of ghost rider and you will see the would stacked up for it. and right before your about to go into the helix you can see another maze

From Jason Lester
Posted July 23, 2005 at 9:50 AM
Okay. Well, I won't be going to Knott's until Haunt, so I won't be able to ride Ghostrider. So is Malice getting put backstage?

And I can't believe the Asylum is backstage again. It's brialliant entrance just can't be appreciated back there.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 25, 2005 at 1:08 PM
I can't give anymore information bro. If you want to know something I CAN answer then e-mail me at


I know my e-mail has nothing to do with haunt, but whatever

From Jason Lester
Posted July 25, 2005 at 1:53 PM
It's fine man. It's not that long until October.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 25, 2005 at 8:46 PM
also to the guy who wrote this.. Army of the Underworld is VERY good.. it is very VERY difficuilt to work in there because your wearing mask in a room that is not that air conditioned. Don't go on any of the rides there people unless it is themed for haunt because that is not what haunt is about just to go on rides (go during the day it is not crowded AT ALL) Malice wasn't the best year it had some new art work done and re modifications but that's about it. Just go there for the mazes the scare zones and the screams.

The Kritter

From Jason Lester
Posted July 26, 2005 at 9:41 AM
Not riding things doesn't work for some people who may come from out of state and who don't go to Knott's often. IMO, don't ride the smaller rides unless the themed for Haunt. I never ride those, but I do always make a point to at least ride Ghostrider and Xcelerator. I recommend buying a VIP pass, something I've done the previous three years, and then when you're let in early, getting whatever rides you want to do out of the way.

You'll have plenty of time for the mazes and scare zones, don't worry.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 26, 2005 at 12:51 PM
no no no, you got it all wrong. You might aswell stay at knott's the whole day, but you have to buy to seperate tickets and when the park closes you exit and wait in line or go to the pre-scare dinner and get in early, don't go on Ghost Rider or anything, theonly rides I'm saying to go on since they are themed are Jaguar, Mine Ride and Log Ride. It's called HAUNT for a reason people

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 26, 2005 at 12:53 PM
the most you'll spend is $70 dollars a person pretty much

From Jason Lester
Posted July 26, 2005 at 6:21 PM
You're missing my point. Some people don't go to Haunt just for Haunt. There are people who haven't been to Knott's who would like to ride some of the coasters.

If I lived in New York and was going to California for the first time in October and Haunt was happening, I'd go. But I'd also want to go on the coasters at Knott's seeing as I live across the country.

I live in LA, I can go to Knott's anytime, but there are people who can't.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 26, 2005 at 8:35 PM
and your also missing my point. Why don't you just go for the whole day and buy a ticket for knotts AND haunt. so then you don't have to stand in lines during the day and then when haunt comes around your there for haunt.

From Jason Lester
Posted July 27, 2005 at 12:04 AM
Okay, fair enough, but you have to take into consideration time issues. This probably only applies to some, but spending that much time at Knott's might get boring. I can knock out every ride in half a day. Why not come later you ask? Well you could, if you enjoy huge crowds and not being able to find a parking space.

Then there's the money issue. Who wants to buy two tickets, one for normal Knott's, one for Haunt. It's not realistic when you are going to be at Knott's for Haunt anyway. You should just get done what you can and not have regrets about what you missed.

You obviously don't agree with me, so let's agree to disagree, shall we?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 27, 2005 at 1:18 PM
fair enough, but why spend $50.00 a person for a place called haunt when you can spend just $20 during the day? $70.00 a person isn't bad

From Jason Lester
Posted July 27, 2005 at 6:38 PM
It's more than $20 for an adult ticket isn't it?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 28, 2005 at 2:26 PM
ok less then $100 dollars a person a day.. ok I'm over it lol if you want to talk to me on AIM here is my sn


From Suzanne T
Posted August 1, 2005 at 6:51 PM
Just checked Knott's website and they have info up about their Halloween event such as the mazes (titles & locations) and prices. Sounds like fun!! =)


From Jason Lester
Posted August 1, 2005 at 10:17 PM
That's the info for last year. Man, you had me really excited for a second. I almost jumped out of my seat when I saw this, but wishful thinking.

Mazes are usually revealed mid August-early September.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted August 3, 2005 at 1:12 PM
I know ALL the mazes and 3 are not coming back.. I can't get out anymore stuff... NDA agrrement

From Suzanne T
Posted August 3, 2005 at 1:29 PM
Oops! I'm sorry! I didn't think they'd still have last year's info posted. My bad...

From Suzanne T
Posted August 3, 2005 at 1:37 PM
Nicolas - you're such a tease!

From Jason Lester
Posted August 3, 2005 at 4:26 PM
3?! I was under the impression BB and Malice were leaving. At least that's what I heard on themeparkadventure.com

Anyhow, I hope Asylum comes back. As far as I'm concerned anything can go as long as Asylum stays.

Actually, I heard a rumor about Red Moon leaving and vampires going into the log ride. Any credibility to this?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted August 4, 2005 at 2:05 PM
yep lore is going to log ride..

I hate giving bad news so that meana four are leaving...or is it 3? I guess you have to wait and find out hahaha or maybe there will be something and there will be something... the &^%#&^$ is going over to the ^%$#^(# and the (%$^#@$ is going over to &^$@(&^@# and the new &*^#@#$ maze is gonna be over by the (^%(#@*(&%

From Suzanne T
Posted August 4, 2005 at 6:23 PM
You love holding this over us, doncha Nic?

From Jason Lester
Posted August 4, 2005 at 9:31 PM
This is cruel and unusual tortue. CRUEL!!!!!

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted August 5, 2005 at 2:31 AM
muahahahaha :-) yes I do... it a NDA (Non-disclosure agrrement) agreement folks... just go to knotts if you can and find construction and think of which maze is which... and oh yeah... no Malice bayou or underworld

From Jason Lester
Posted August 5, 2005 at 3:27 PM
Thank god they got rid of Underworld! It's been over the hill for a while now and last year was dreadful. It's nothing against the talent who worked their a**es off trying to scare people in there. It's just that Knott's wasn't willing to put money into giving Underworld the attention it needed and deserved.

On a sadder note, let's take a moment of silence for Malice, which was a great maze. I'll miss going down the rancid rabbit hole and wish I could do it one more time.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted August 7, 2005 at 11:36 PM
Asylum is being built and &*#*^#%* is already up and also (^%#@$^!&$ is being built in mystery lodge

From Jason Lester
Posted August 8, 2005 at 9:40 AM
I wonder what's going in BB's terriotory. Mystery Lodge is a great place for a house. I hope whatever goes in there deserves it.

And I've seen a few photos on themeparkadventure showing Asylum. That was a no-brainer to bring back considering it's one of the favorite Haunt mazes.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted August 9, 2005 at 12:08 PM
they also posted pictures of the new (&%(@&% right by it :-)

From Elizabeth Gallup
Posted August 21, 2005 at 7:44 PM
I have a questions for everyone - we've gone for the past 5 years and always been able to go during the week when we felt that the crowds were down. This year (because of a new job), I HAVE to go on a weekend... Any suggestions? I've heard some say that opening weekend is slow and others say that it's packed... I'm assuming the closer you get to Halloween, the worse it'll be. Anyways, any suggestions of when a good weekend would be to go (so that we won't be in line for half the night?)...? Thanks!!!

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