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Boil, Boil, Toil, and Trouble - Knott's Scary Farm Returns

By Meagan Sargent

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Boil, boil, toil, and trouble, Knott's Berry Farm has officially launched it's spooky rendition just in time for Halloween. Knott's Scary Farm is everything! Families can still enjoy all of their favorite rides, kiddie section, roller coasters, and games however, the park has a twist to it. Imagine a PG version of AMC's hit television series 'The Walking Dead', minus the need to fear for your life! Knott's Scary Farm is infused with goblins, trolls, and down right 'freaks of nature' which are placed to heighten your experience at the amusement park during this time. 

Knott's Scary Farm invited a selected group of journalists to experience the changes first hand, and boy was it scary! 

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Offering wall-to-wall terror, Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and longest running Halloween event in the world! This year the park offered 11 haunted attractions which included three new mazes, four themed scare zones, two major shows, and the ultimate experience- Special Ops: Infected, where it is like a 'choose your own adventure'.

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New attractions this year included:
-       Special Ops: Infected seamlessly integrates interactive gaming technology with an immersive mountainous landscape. Attendees are put on missions that  will take guests through a variety of wilderness terrains, including unpredictable barrel bridges across a rushing river, through dark caverns, and  mysterious backwoods.  Six acres of the beloved theme park is now home to mutinous, scream-inducing zombies, and the time has come for a harrowing Special Ops survival mission.

-       Voodoo (new for 2014): Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes. Guests must choose their path from a number of foreboding choices, resulting in a different terrifying outcome with each journey into the swamp.

-       The Tooth Fairy (new for 2014): The joy of hiding a lost tooth under the pillow becomes a nightmare of pain and blood in this new maze that will leave teeth chattering.  This haunting experience also includes a black out room, where guests have to feel their way out.

-       Trapped: Lock and Key (new for 2014): This year Trapped returns with more rooms, more intricate puzzles and a shocking finale more extreme than any experience ever presented at Knott’s Scary Farm.

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Returning Attractions for Knott's Scary Farm include:

-          The Gunslinger’s Grave: Return to the Old West and walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path to retribution against a corrupt township. 

-          Black Magic The veil between the living and the dead is severed when Houdini’s ghost materializes during a séance and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes on his theater. 

-          Dominion of the Damned: The Blood Queen’s reign has ended, but the seductive vampires continue to lure unsuspecting guests into this gothic lair of terror.  Ancient vampire lore decrees there shall always be one to rule the damned... Long live the King!

-          Forevermore: The twisted mind of Edgar Allen Poe comes alive as the “Forevermore Killer” works his way through one haunting tale after another.  All the victims unwittingly find themselves a part of “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” The Masque of Red Death” among other horrific stories. 

-          Pinocchio Unstrung: Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, and Pinocchio has returned with an army of murderous marionettes intent on killing his former masters.  The purpose of his killing spree – human flesh to cover his twisted wooden body.  Revenge comes with no strings attached.

-          Trick-Or-Treat: Trick or treat, which will it be?  Step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell.  Oh, she is home, but where?  You are not quite sure.  Don’t be afraid, her minions will guide you. 

-          Witch’s Keep: Many years ago, The Green Witch uncovered a wicked source of power in the depths of the Calico Mine, and now she’s hell-bent on using this mysterious energy to capture and corrupt all who dare enter. 


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-          Ghost Town: is the original and still the most terrifying scare zone that started it all.   Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog, and beware the notoriously startling sliders, who lunge from in every fog-filled corner of the land.  Just beyond the streets of Ghost Town lies the mysterious outcropping known as Gypsy Camp, where fortune tellers prognosticate future terrors, and ravenous werewolves howl in the light of the moon. 

-          CarnEVIL: Come one come all! The freak show is the main event and clowns crave your undying attention.

-          Fiesta De Los Muertos: fuses dance music, colorful costumes, and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone with even more characters than last year.  It’s the ultimate late night celebration of Dia de los Muertos

-          Headless Horseman: Between the twisted clowns, demented dentists and wretched puppeteers patrolling our park, it’s obvious to see our monsters don’t have their heads screwed on tight. However, this year marks the unexpected return of a legendary creature that doesn’t have a head at all, the Headless Horsemen! This Scary Farm season, we need guests to photograph the Headless Horseman and share their images with us via Twitter(@Knotts) and Instagram (@KnottsBerryFarm), with the hashtags #ScaryFarm and #HeadlessHorseman. Those who are brave enough to help track the Horseman can win prizes, including park passes.

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Shows This Year at Knott's Scary Farm Include:

-          Elvira’s Big Top: Back by overwhelming demand for 2014 is Elvira – the legendary Mistress of the Dark.  Elvira will headline her all new show Elvira’s Big Top, in the 1,800 seat Charles M. Schultz Theatre twice nightly for the entire run of Knott’s Scary Farm.  In her new show, Elvira becomes the "Ring Mistress of the Park" dazzling audiences with music, madness and mayhem in her Sinister Circus of the Macabre. The show features explosive dance performances by hip-hop based Academy of Villains, fresh from their appearance on Fox’s "So You Think You Can Dance?"

-          The Hanging: Everything is Gruesome: a live stage show in Calico Square irreverently looks back at the year's pop culture with killer comedy.  Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics and high-flying stunts, The Hanging is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year.  

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Knott's Scary Farm has something for everyone and is a definite must see! In addition to your favorite attractions, for a limited time, more is included with your experience. Knott's Scary Farm will be crawling with scary infusions till November 1st. Come if you dare!

Published on Sep 27, 2014

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