When the doors open at Knott’s Scary Farm for a night of terror, it’s at 7:oo pm, just before it gets dark. At first, you’ll be ushered into the main entryway where a large display and a ghoulish cast of characters come out to play. Be on the lookout throughout the night, because zombies, clowns and other frightening faces will be all around you, jumping toward you and startling you at every turn.
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Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind (Maze) – The newest haunted maze has arrived; Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind. Within the canvas tent lies the secret of the most potent force in the universe: the human mind. Give in and succumb to the hypnotist Mesmer and his sinister sideshow, as it preys on your hidden fears. Release your inner thoughts and descend into a world of madness, torture, and eerie enlightenment. There you will uncover the grotesque secrets hidden as you brave through the most terrifying show ever created.
The Gore-ing 20’s (Scare Zone) – Step back into the dark decadence of a by-gone era as the newest scare zone, The Gore-ing 20’s, terrorizes even the bravest and most brutal souls. Here gangsters run illicit hooch for the ghostly revelers as the otherworldly musicians play the music of the damned. Tell the Bouncer the secret password, and you’ll have the time of your life for as long as it lasts.
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Carnaval du Grotesque (Show) – Calico Mine Stage
Grab a seat as the show is about to begin! Your mind will melt at the sights and sounds of the Carnaval du Grotesque. Live bands provide the soundtrack for the creepiest company of performers to ever disgrace the stage.
Invitation to Terror (Show) – Mystery Lodge
Invitation to terror is a digital illusion horror show which tells the story of Millionaire Tom Shackleford, he is set to unveil the secret project that he promises will change the world. Set in Calico 1986, guests are invited to the debut of Futuretronics, the world’s top technology creator, latest technological advancement. It’s going to be a killer party with plenty of terrifying surprises no one will ever see coming.
Wicked Drums (Show) – Camp Snoopy Theater
Deep within The Hollow, The Witches summon you to a percussion ritual to awaken the dead. Hosted by the evil Hag of the Hollows, Wicked Drums, high energy drumming collides with ancient witchcraft in a sensory overload sure to raise your spirits. It’s a Halloween activity worth witnessing.
Doce de la Noche (Show) – Fiesta Plaza
The night comes alive at the stroke of midnight when our electric dance group takes the Fiesta Village stage. Dressed in colorful and vibrant colors, the lively dancers dazzle all with their moves set to high-energy music, which takes over all senses and has everyone dancing their feet off.
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Wax Works – Mysterious lights and strange noises have begun to emanate from the eerie abandoned wax museum. The once prominent plastic surgeon, Dr. Augustus Scratch, has been seen tinkering at night and is now ready to show off his beautiful yet terrifying life-like masterpieces of hot molten wax and bloody flesh. It’s rumored that blood-curdling screams can be heard echoing through the halls of Wax Works as victims are horrifyingly submerged into a scorching hot cauldron of bubbling wax. Take a closer look at his gruesome works of art and try to escape his deadly grip or become the newest masterpiece to add to his collection.
Origins: The Curse of Calico – Pierce the veil of time and discover the secret of the evil fog that hangs over Knott’s Scary Farm in Origins: The Curse of Calico. Unearth the sinister paranormal activity that plagues the town as Sarah Marshall is put on trial for her suspected crimes of witchcraft. All will be unveiled when the Green Witch rises up and curses the townsfolk, transforming all who have accused her into a wicked horde of malicious creatures with an eternal quench for the living.
Puppet Up! Uncensored – Exclusively performing nightly at Knott’s Scary Farm for the 2019 season, Puppet Up! Uncensored is an outrageous, off –the-cuff live show featuring a combination of improvisational comedy and the magic of puppetry performed by a cast of world-class comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company. Created by legendary puppeteer and award-winning director Brian Henson and directed by Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Puppet Up! – Uncensored is no ordinary puppet show. In true uncensored form, the content is driven by audience suggestions and participation, topped with the zany antics and naughty shenanigans of the colorful and brazen puppet cast. Puppet Up! – Uncensored will be performed three times each night at Knott’s Scary Farm and is intended for mature audiences.
Pumpkin Eater – Survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow in the Pumpkin Eater maze. The notorious creature is on the prowl hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape the sinister Pumpkin Eater’s wrath, all who enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the way out.
A heavy fog drapes over an abandoned port village where ancient creatures lurk inside the pitch-black underground caves hidden below the seaside shores. The Nightwatch Mining Crew has mysteriously disappeared and village rumors point to the eerie tunnels the town sits upon. Myths of the terrifying horrors that lurk within the cave have often been whispered but never confirmed. Did the crew meet their demise at the hand of vicious creatures that live within the cave? Journey into the ominous caverns to discover if the superstitions revolving around the cave is true or not. But be warned all who have entered have never resurfaced.
A fulfilling life ensures a souls safe passage into eternity but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? Enter the hair-raising Shadow Lands maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.
Origins: The Curse of Calico – Pierce the veil of time and discover the secret of the evil fog that hangs over Knott’s Scary Farm in Origins: The Curse of Calico. Unearth the sinister paranormal activity that plagues the town as Sarah Marshall is put on trial for her suspected crimes of witchcraft. All will be unveiled when the Green Witch rises and curses the townsfolk, transforming all who have accused her into a wicked horde of malicious creatures with an eternal quench for the living.
Wax Works – Mysterious lights and strange noises have begun to emanate from the eerie abandoned wax museum. It’s rumored that blood-curdling screams can be heard echoing through the halls of Wax Works as victims are horrifyingly submerged into a scorching hot cauldron of bubbling wax. The once prominent plastic surgeon, Dr. Augustus Scratch, has been seen tinkering at night and is now ready to show off his beautiful yet terrifying life-like masterpieces of hot molten wax and bloody flesh. Take a closer look at his gruesome works of art and try to escape his deadly grip or become the newest masterpiece to add to his collection.
PARANORMAL, INC. – The Haunting of Hayden Hill: Paranormal Inc. maze reopens its doors one final time to those brave enough to uncover a bizarre and supernatural adventure. Guests investigate a haunted hospital where the patients were tortured for decades by deranged doctors and nurses. Demonic spirits of the murdered victims have been detected throughout the mysterious halls, while evil medical staff prowl for new patients to torture.
Dark Ride – Journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel carnie folk still linger in the shadows in Dark Ride: Castle of Chaos. The carnival has become a refuge for freaks and carnies. Now those shunned performers have created a dark world of terror which they plan to unleash on those who enter. Dark Ride will lead brave visitors through a treacherous path and into the bowels of a long-neglected attraction, as sinister shadows and horrifying scenes cast the gloom over the once pleasant ride. It’s everyone’s worst nightmare, being helplessly trapped inside an abandoned carnival ride without a way out.
Dark Entities – Teleport beyond earth into a realm where the darkness is absolute. In the depths of space, a lone station faces terror beyond all imagination. An extraterrestrial mutation has invaded the station, and it’s on the prowl for new hosts. The unearthly inhabitants’ force increases as it feeds on its unwilling victims. Escape the dark entities before their deadly force eliminates all living forms aboard the station. There’s nowhere to escape when time is running out!
The residents of the Timber Mountain Log Ride celebrate the Halloween Hootenanny which adds a seasonal twist to a park favorite. Mysterious creatures of Timber Mountain that live out in the woods and caverns join the citizens as they honor the season at the Halloween Hootenanny. The ride’s interior features unexpected surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the town’s green witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o- lanterns.
This is a MUST SEE! I have seen puppet up numerous times in big theaters and I always laugh so hard I end up crying. There is just nothing like it. It’s unique, outrageous and in a class of it’s own. Think of it as dirty Muppets. It can be highly offensive if you don’t have a good sense of humor.
The best way to describe it is a combination of improvisation and puppetry performed by a cast of world-class comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company. Created by legendary puppeteer and award-winning director Brian Henson and directed by Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Puppet Up! – Uncensored is no ordinary puppet show. In true uncensored form, the content is driven by audience suggestions and participation, topped with the zany antics and naughty shenanigans of the colorful and brazen puppet cast. Puppet Up! – Uncensored will be performed three times each night at Knott’s Scary Farm and is intended for mature audiences.
Also worth noting – guests are not allowed to wear costumes into the park, so even though the decor and theme of the Scary Farm screams Halloween, guests should abide by this rule and keep their costumes at home.
Berry Blogger Tips
Here are some tips to maximize your night of fun at Knott’s Scary Farm:
- Avoid the lines by purchasing a Fright Lane pass which provides priority access to the mazes.
- Don’t run from the monsters. They sense your fear and will chase after you and stick to you like glue.
- Head to the back of the park first.
- Get the Boo-fet. You have Early Entry with the Boo-fet and you can enjoy the unleashing of the monsters as you enter. You can also access four mazes: Wax Works, The Depths, Paranormal, Inc. and Dark Entities before it opens to the public.
- There are tons of Instagrammable photo ops throughout the park. Looks for photo wall locations around the park!
- Be sure to try some of the seasonal food options.
- Try to go on Thursday for less crowds.
Themed Food At Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Scary Farm’s food selection is to die for with spooky eats and treats that will satisfy your cravings. Enjoy delicious foods with a spooky twist like Petrified Pizza Burgers and Murderous Midnight Funnel Cakes!
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This event may be too intense for young children. Parental Discretion is advised. Do not touch or mistreat the monsters. Special lighting effects, artificial fog, and theatrical make-up are used throughout Knott’s Scary Farm.
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29 thoughts on “What to Expect After Dark at Knott’s Scary Farm”
this looks incredible! i literally laughed out loud at your directive to not “touch or mistreat the monsters”…
I am so sad that I am pregnant and have to miss out on all the scary of Halloween. How much fun.
Great post! I was actually considering whether or not to go to this before Halloween. The Hanging show sounds like fun!
I think I would be too scared to go to this, but my husband would love it!
I get creeped out by things like this. That first clown beak guy is really scary.
Wow! This looks pretty amazing and really fun for Halloween! We don’t have ANYTHING like this near us, so this would be something really awesome to have available! :)
I have a friend that talks about this place all the time. It looks terrifying!
This looks awesome! Perhaps a bit scary for my taste, if someone jumps out at me anywhere, my first instinct is to punch them in the face. Fight vs. Flight mentality ;)
I read this and thought, “my people!” lol! Looks awesome!
That is Hilarious!
I am SUCH a scaredy cat when it comes to Halloween mazes and haunted houses, but I would like to see the contortionist! :)
The contortionist was amazing!
I have to admit this events look so well planned, but are just too creepy for me. I FREAK out in haunted houses like tears and all so a whole park of this would put me over the edge haha.
Yes it’s definitely a 2 pair of underwear kind of night!
I think I’d be a big scaredy cat for this, especially being locked in a room of frights. As for the headless horseman, here on my island in Ireland they say he roams a beach at night and people have been know to hear horse hooves galloping once it gets foggy down there at night – terrifying!
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I wish I lived closer because hunting for zombies sounds like so much fun! I would definitely go!
It was such an awesome experience!
This looks like a good way to spend an evening! My kids would go crazy.
Ahh! I am too scared to go to something like that – just that first picture is burned into my brain now. eekkk!
I’m definitely too scared to try any of this! It really does look like a lot of fun though.
Looks like an interesting place to visit. Thank you for sharing!
This looks so scary, but so fun at the same time.
So awesome! My cousins go every year and rave every time. I’m a scaredy cat ;)
Ahhh! This looks like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing!
Awesome (and suitably scary) photos! I have fond memories of going to Knotts Berry Farm as a child, but never at Halloween…. Looks like a great family weekend outing!
This looks incredible!
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