Knott's Scary Farm

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Knott's Scary Farm
Knotts Halloween Haunt Logo.jpg
Genre Halloween
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Knotts Berry Farm
33°50′39″N 118°00′01″W / 33.844178°N 118.000267°W / 33.844178; -118.000267Coordinates: 33°50′39″N 118°00′01″W / 33.844178°N 118.000267°W / 33.844178; -118.000267
Inaugurated 1973
Website
Official website

Knott's Scary Farm or Knott's Halloween Haunt is a seasonal Halloween event at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. It is an event in which the theme park is transformed into "160 acres of horror", via a series of over 1,000 monsters, 10 mazes[1] and a series of 'scare zones'.[2] It is the largest Halloween event to be held at a theme park.[3]

History[edit]

Two street monsters posing by the Ghost Town Coffin.

Originally a three-night affair, beginning on October 26, 1973, the annual, month-long event celebrates its 42nd year in 2014.[4] It has become the largest event of any theme park.[5] Knott's Berry Farm was originally modeled after Calico, California, a ghost town that was a result of the California silver rush. Already having a dedicated Ghost Town section in the theme park,[6] this area would become the designed area for the original Halloween Haunt, eventually expanding to the entire park.[7]

The 1980s would continue to be a success for the theme park, and popular culture icons were employed to represent the event. In 1981, actor and parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic joined the cast, as did Elvira in the following year.[8] Elvira was prominently featured in many Halloween Haunt events until 2001. According to postings on her My Space page, Cassandra was released from her contract by the park's new owners due to their wanting a more family friendly appeal.[9] The 1990s would show a different approach to Halloween. Humor was added to many facets in the theme park and Knott's turned from the explicit horror to black comedy.[10] This continuing balance of horror and humor has been a key to the continuing success of Knott's Halloween Haunt.[11]

Park transformation[edit]

While Knott's Berry Farm is a year-round theme park, the entire acreage is modified to fit the Halloween motif. Rides and other attractions are converted into macabre themes. Over 1,000 seasonal workers are specifically employed to play the roles of "vampires, clowns, ghouls, werewolves, and monsters", roaming the 160-acre (0.65 km2) park in five terrifying scare zones, amidst haze produced by giant fog machines.[12] Charlene Parker has been playing the role of Sarah Rebecca Ann "The Green Witch" Morgan-Marshall since 1982, and is the longest serving of all the 1,000 "monsters" who scare the guests at this event.[13][14]

The park has constructed 10 mazes[1][15][16] and 5 scare zones[17] as well as performing live shows. The controversial "Hanging" live show is a staple of the Haunt that lampoons celebrities and persons in the news through a series of staged hangings. The Hanging has been an annual event since the 1979 Halloween Haunt.[18][19][20]

Current Mazes[edit]

Attraction Opened Location
Black Magic 2013 Carnevil
Delirium 2011 Gypsy Camp
Dominion of the Damned 2012 Gypsy Camp
Endgames 2011 Gypsy Camp
Forevermore 2013 Ghost Town
Mirror Mirror 2013 Necropolis
Pinocchio Unstrung 2012 Ghost Town
Uncle Willy's Slaughterhouse 2008 Necropolis
The Gunslinger's Grave 2013 Ghost Town
Trick or Treat 2012 Gypsy Camp

Attraction history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Pak, Ellyn (2007-09-25). "Knott's prepares for Halloween Haunt". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  3. ^ "AdFleet touts Knott's Halloween Haunt". Amusement Business. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt- "Walk In, Freak Out"". Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
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  6. ^ "Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt". Hollywood. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am Ultimate Haunt. "Ghost Town – Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt". Ultimate Haunt. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "COURSE 2: the 1980s". ultimatehaunt.com. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  9. ^ Cassandra Peterson's MySpace page
  10. ^ "COURSE 3: THE 1990'S". ultimatehaunt.com. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  11. ^ Mills, Thomas (2006-10-12). "Getting into their costumes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  12. ^ Adelson, Andrea (1994-10-31). "Amid All the Boos, a Halloween Chorus of Yeas". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  13. ^ West, Rick, "Knott's Preserved – The Event," Theme Park Adventure Web site http://www.themeparkadventure.com/Knotts.htm ), Retrieved 7-29-11.
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  17. ^ "Scare Zones". Knott's Berry Farm. Archived from the original on 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
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