Info on 2005 Knott's Halloween Haunt

Knott's Berry Farm: Does anyone have info on this year's Haunt?

From Jason Lester
Posted July 20, 2005 at 6:58 PM
There's a thread like this for Halloween Horror Nights and I'm wondering the same thing, but for Halloween Haunt at Knott's.

Does anyone have info on anything? House themes, house locations, stuff like that. If you're not allowed by Knott's to reveal this stuff I understand.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted July 21, 2005 at 4:39 PM
yes we are not allowed to let info out til we are allowed too. but Malice is moving and Blood Bayou is gone

From Jason Lester
Posted July 21, 2005 at 10:33 PM
I heard Malice was gone. If it's just moving then that's a relief. Malice can be really good if some improvements are made.

And Blood Bayou going has been pretty well known for a while. As much as I loved BB, I'm excited to see what new maze replaces it.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 1, 2005 at 3:25 PM
well as you can see. The Swamp, Malice In Wunderland, Army of the Underworld and Blood Bayou are not returning. The Gypsy Camp will still remain where it was before (technically not a scare zone just fortune telling etc.)

From Jason Lester
Posted September 1, 2005 at 6:48 PM
I was wondering why Knott's didn't put it up.

Hey, a while back you said you were emailing Knott's about maze info. Any reply?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 2, 2005 at 1:04 AM
"Thanks for the email regarding Halloween this time we are not
able to
send you the item you requested we can however send you a map as soon
as they
are printed which wont be till mid September. Let me know if this is
what you
would like..have a great day
Debby C.
Guest Services"

I don't even think she answered my question about the maze descriptions and logos

From Jason Lester
Posted September 2, 2005 at 6:10 PM
I don't think so either. That seemed more like a when is the map coming out thing. But considering that the descriptions are on the maps, maybe she did answer it.

Oh well, mid-September is only about two weeks away.

From Matt H
Posted September 4, 2005 at 9:43 AM
HI there, new topic, does anyone know if Knotts is offering a preview night this year? From the info I could get on Knott's web site it was unclear. Typically a week night prior to the first official weekend is the preview night or nights and its ticket price is much lower. I only found info on one ticket price (with a discount coupon from Burger King). IF anyone has any info on this I would appreciate it. thank you.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 5, 2005 at 9:41 AM
The preview night are usually Thursday and Friday. The 28th and 29th

From mike brunson
Posted September 5, 2005 at 3:04 PM
is halloween haunt worth going

From Cameron Rust
Posted September 5, 2005 at 3:10 PM
Seems to be, though I love how HHN has one big elaborate story and different "lands" on each island.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 5, 2005 at 4:26 PM
If you live in SoCal it's definately worth it. It's the best area Haunt, and on par with HHN. Yeah, I like how HHN has the connected lands going for it and the different houses each year. Knott's used to do that, but found it to be too expensive and stopped. Still, it's worth it. Trust me on this one.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 5, 2005 at 10:52 PM
The moment we've all been waiting for (I have been at least) NEW MAZE DESCRIPTIONS courtesy to

Without further hesitation, here they are:

Two new mazes:
-13 Murder Manor (Mystery Lodge) Replacing Blood Bayou - A once grand Victorian Mansion that now lies condemned and restricted from inhabitants. The gruesome axe murders that took place there have left the house brimming with disgruntled spirits intent on seeking vengeance on the living. Enter at your own risk.

-Feary Tales in 3D (GhostRider 2) Out backstage next to where Asylum was last year - The stories mommy and daddy never told you! Aesop and Grimm would run for their lives were they to venture into these 3D twisted tales of terror.

As well as Calico Mine Ride's new title:
Cavern of the Lost Souls - Prepare to meet the same fate as the poor miners who discovered this abandoned silver mine. This eerie cavern becomes an endless abyss that may rob you of your very soul.

Unfortuantely, the mine ride doesn't seem to have changed. Notice how it says, Calico Mine Ride's new title. Not new theme. New title. Hopefully more then just that changed.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 5, 2005 at 11:39 PM
And here is TPA's maze descriptions

RED MOON MASSACRE - Those lovable lupines have filled the Timber Mountain Log Ride once again and are ready to bark at the moon - the red moon. Hold on to your loved ones and keep your hands inside the log as you careen through the pitch-black tunnels and race down flumes as you're attacked from all sides by creatures of the night.

This ain't some Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah ride.

LORE OF THE VAMPIRE - Being sucked has never felt so good. One of the most popular mazes at Halloween Haunt, Lore of the Vampire returns once again as the home of the sensual, crazed and absolutely wicked vampires of Knott's Scary Farm. Travel into the realm of the underworld as these vamps hiss and kiss at you from the darkened shadows.

Bow down to the mighty Queen and stay a while in Club Blood, the vampires' very own party playground. In fact, stay forever...

13 AXE MURDER MANOR - Some little crazed chick picked up herself an axe. Some little crazy chick dealt out 40 whacks. And now, the Haunt invites you into a brand-new maze for the Scary Farm. Lucky 13 is the address - you will find it listed in the darkest, most vile parts of your imagination.

Come, kick up your feet and rest. Take off your shoes, take off your coat. And the residents of the Manor will take off the rest for you. Piece by piece.

HATCHET HIGH - Those pesky kids! Come on back to the ultimate rock 'n roll high school once again as the boys and girls raise hell and shake their pompoms only the way they can at Knott's! Visit the science lab - trying not to become the main experiment. Visit the cafeteria - and try not to become the main course. Take a shower in the locker room - and try not to drop the soa... er, try not to become the football team's practice dummy.

Oh, and the prom. You are going, so dress up! The Prom Queen's expecting a special dance with you when you arrive...

CARNIVAL OF CARNIVOROUS CLOWNS (3D) - Those clowns, those clowns, those clowns! Big, tall, massive, small - we love 'em all! Come one, come all to the big top to witness the most insane, sick and twisted clowns to ever roam the Scary Farm. You'll laugh and cry - you'll puke your guts and pee your pants as the funny folks in clown white dance, dance, dance!

All of the madness and mayhem is waiting for you, dear fan! So STEP RIGHT UP!

CAVERN OF LOST SOULS - Hop aboard the Calico Mine Train and travel deep into a nightmare. Witness a collection of the most tormented souls Ghost Town has to offer!

There be some nasty spirits waiting for each train load of fresh victims, so ALL ABOARD! Hold on to them hats and glasses, because this here's the spookiest ride in the wilderness!

RED BEARD'S REVENGE - Pssssst! Avast there! It be too late to alter course, matey! Here there be pirates lurking in every cove, waitin' to slit your throat like a pig! A pirates life is full of adventure, danger and plundering. Too bad you're on the receiving end of it all!

One of the most lavish mazes at Halloween Haunt, check out all of the swashbuckling horror these brigands have to offer. Just heed this final warning... dead men... well, dead men are dead, and that sucks.

THE ASYLUM - Hellllo, nurse! Welcome to a walk on the wild side. Okay, a walk on the completely nuts side of life - and death - in one of the most popular mazes in Haunt history. Tucked away in the shadow of GhostRider is a condemned facility where the crazed lurk in the halls, struggle to break free of their restraints and lust for human interaction of the darkest kind. And that's just the Knott's Administration Office!

Tighten that straight jacket and step into the darkness of this most terrifying experience that defines pure terror. You'll be safe, though... the voices would never lie, because they love you...

CURSE OF THE SPIDER - Ah, those itsy-bitsy spiders! They crawled up the water spout, multiplied and grew since last Haunt. Now they are awake, very hungry and more aggressive than ever!

You don't know the meaning of "arachnophobia" until you've braved the dark passageways and web-choked corridors of this popular Scary Farm maze. What's that hiding in the darkness up ahead? Or behind you, above you or underneath your feet? Why not reach out and check for yourself... your two legs can certainly run faster than their eight, right? Wrong.

TERROR VISION (3D) - TV programming has never been so bloody good! Change the channels and see what's on the boob tube! Unhappy Days are here again, good friends! Hang on to that remote (if it gets too intense, just change the channel - and pray for a kiddie show), as it may be the only thing that saves your butt in this virtual mess of chaos and terror.

Come spend some time in television land... just don't get so frightened that you lay your own cable!

FEARY TALES (3D) - Welcome one and all! Y'all come have a ball here at the home of the sickest collection of children's stories-gone-Haunt! Old Mother Goose (or was it Noose) never told you this version of your favorite kiddie tales...

Now the book's finally open and waiting for you to step on in. Everyone likes a dead time story, right? Curl up in bed, pull the covers up tight and pray to God the candle doesn't burn out, or else you will be lost forever in the darkest corners of your childhood fears...

JAGUAR - TEMPLE OF SACRIFICE - Deep inside the ruins of the ancient pyramid in Fiesta Village is a terror beyond comprehension. No, not the roller coaster at Jaguar (although the fact that people actually want to ride Jag is pretty freakin' scary), but rather, its queue, which takes on a life (death) of its own each October!

Can you make it alive past the monsters that lurk in the shadows, seeking human flesh for sacrifice (not virgin - that would be pushing it a bit far when it comes to the Haunt crowd). Watch your step - this chilling little "scare experience" packs a mean punch!

From Jason Lester
Posted September 6, 2005 at 10:46 AM
Yeah, but TPA's are made up by Rick West who runs the site. The ones from Ultimate Haunt are the descriptions from Knott's themselves. I wonder why they didn't release all the descriptions at the same time and just put out the new ones.

Whatever, the new ones are all anyone wanted anyway.

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 6, 2005 at 4:11 PM
doesn't matter. You still have to give mad props to Mr. West for all the time he puts in the site etc. I could never think of anything like that to write

From Jason Lester
Posted September 6, 2005 at 4:33 PM
Yeah, he's got some great descriptions up.

Nicholas, do you have a pic of yourself in costume, as Kritter? I want to try to find you at Haunt. And what section do you work in?


From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 6, 2005 at 9:59 PM
I am not working Haunt. I might work some other haunt because of my school work.

I need to find some pictures.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 6, 2005 at 11:27 PM
Oh, that sucks. You worked there last year right?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 7, 2005 at 3:23 PM
I worked in a maze...

From Jason Lester
Posted September 8, 2005 at 12:23 AM
Are you going to say which one?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 8, 2005 at 4:44 PM
no... and just to let you all know. The Discount Coupons for Halloween Haunt are out at Burger King already, so if you haven't gotten yours... better get them soon!

From Jason Lester
Posted September 8, 2005 at 5:52 PM
Okay then.

I'll have to pick up some of the Burger King coupons. One question about those. Do they work if you're doing the VIP Pre-Scare Dinner?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 8, 2005 at 8:05 PM
I do not know

From Matthew M
Posted September 16, 2005 at 10:21 AM
I remember in 2001, the last time I had a knott's pass, we recieved a cupon that knocked off a lot of $. Is that coming this year?

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 16, 2005 at 3:47 PM
you need to call guest services for that.

(714) 220-5000

From Jason Lester
Posted September 19, 2005 at 4:30 PM
Only ten days to Haunt. Oh ya!

From Nicolas Schmelter
Posted September 20, 2005 at 7:37 PM
9 Days til Halloween Haunt 2005!

From Jason Lester
Posted September 21, 2005 at 3:48 PM
8 now! Woo hoo!

From Jason Lester
Posted September 22, 2005 at 4:36 PM

Oh, and according to this year's Hanging title is, The Happiest Hanging on Earth.

Disney perhaps?

From Jason Lester
Posted September 24, 2005 at 5:04 PM
The Veil lifts in 5 days...

From Jason Lester
Posted September 27, 2005 at 7:09 PM
It arrives in less then two days. I'm going on the 23. When is everyone else going?

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 27, 2005 at 9:47 PM
Not sure I'm going with a bunch of friends so we all have t coordinate. I know it'll be busy but are there differences in the crowds from a Wendsday to a Friday?

From Jason Lester
Posted September 28, 2005 at 3:33 PM
Big difference. Crowds on a on a weekday (excluding Friday) would be much lighter then weekend crowds.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 28, 2005 at 7:07 PM
Cool hopefully we can go on a Thursday

From Jason Lester
Posted September 28, 2005 at 11:02 PM
Yeah, I'm stuck on a Sunday. But Sundays are nothing compared to Friday and Saturday, so it's better then nothing.

From Suzanne T
Posted September 29, 2005 at 1:00 PM
I'm getting SO excited for this!

Can't decided whether to go on Sunday the 23rd or Wednesday the 26th. Do you think Wed will be less crowded that Sun? There are so many mazes, we want to have time to hit them all!

From Suzanne T
Posted September 29, 2005 at 2:16 PM
Anyone know how much discount the Burger King coupons are for?

I found one on eBay that's about $16 off on the days I'd like to go, but curious if BK has a better deal. (I'd rather not make a stop to BK on my vacation unless it's really worthwhile!)

From Jason Lester
Posted September 29, 2005 at 2:49 PM
Wednesday would be much better.

The thing with the BK discounts is they differ by night. You get more off on some nights then on others. You should look into them though. I use the BK ones every year.

I heard rehearsals went awesome. Supposedly Feary Tales is the best maze this year.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 30, 2005 at 7:33 AM
Did anyone go to 1st Night?

From tee lau
Posted October 1, 2005 at 12:29 AM
can anybody please help me, ive been looking for the coupon that has the $24 dollar nights, we have a big group and cant seem to find them, please email me at if you know where i can get these coupons thanks so much! cant wait for haunt!

From Jason Lester
Posted October 1, 2005 at 10:17 AM
Try Burger King.

From Kyle dawson
Posted October 2, 2005 at 7:46 AM
hey. I'm 13 years old but don't get scared that easy. Do you think i could go to haunt?

From Jason Lester
Posted October 2, 2005 at 11:22 AM
Yeah, I first went at 10. Trust me, you will love it.

From Kyle dawson
Posted October 3, 2005 at 6:08 AM

From Jason Lester
Posted October 10, 2005 at 10:04 PM
Going to Haunt in only 13 days. Oh yeah.

From rick stevens
Posted October 11, 2005 at 12:19 AM
Did the Haunt. Great mazes, Ed Alonzo puts on a great show. Try to hit the popular mazes and rides first, they get long lines quickly. Some of the food lines were actually longer then the maze lines! Hanging as satirical and non PC as ever. Don't miss the Hacks at the Bird Cage Theater (great improv). Only complaint, I forget every year how many people smoke at Knotts. You can follow red glows all over the park.

From Mike Eastman
Posted October 11, 2005 at 2:06 PM
I was bit dissapointed. Ed Alanzo was great, but the musical sequences seemed less Halloweeny than usual. The scarezones also seemed lighter (refering to light as well as monsters) and the monsters in the mazes were not as creative in the past.

I think Feary Tales was a bust. No good 3D affects, making the whole maze well-lit for no purpse. It also sucked because I wanted to pay a second trip to the Assylum, but the lines are connected.

I was also hoping for a new ride in the Dinosaur ride. They could have easily added or adapted scenery to the now vacant building and made another fun ride for the Haunt.

I also found the Hanging to be less witty than usual. A lot more random fights instead of funny segways.

I am going back again on Saturday with free tickets. (My girlfriend and her friend got food poisening at the sub place out front.) Hopefully it will be more lively.

From Jason Lester
Posted October 23, 2005 at 1:58 PM
Leaving for Haunt in an hour. Look for a trip report sometime in the next week.

From Joshua Foster
Posted July 22, 2007 at 9:57 PM
A friend of mine told me they parodied my own behavior as a photographer at Disney's California Adventure during the 2005 hanging(the Happiest Hanging on Earth

I used to get people to stop for photos by shouting "Stop right there that's fabulous!" while copying the voice of Robin Leach. But as I've been unable to find anyone to confirm or deny my friend's comment that they parodied me(either by video clips or other, unbiased witnesses).

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