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.
New for 2019
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.
Special Ops INFECTED
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to hunt for zombies? This fan favorite attraction will have you joining a mission with an infrared rifle and deployed in squads of 12. Following the command of your squad leader, you and your team must travel through across a barrel bridge, through dark caverns and thick fog and help retrieve known survivors before time runs out.
Stick together and grab your gear for this interactive challenge which gives you a chance to achieve hero status by the number of zombies terminated. There is a leaderboard at the end of your mission.
Guests should head to one of two entrances of the Camp (the main entrance – ALPHA, or Fiesta side – BRAVO) to enlist in Special Ops INFECTED. You may be given a time to return and time is limited, so get there early to participate).
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.
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.
Without giving it away, I will note that the grand finale of this hilariously offensive show will delight the pop culture junkies in the audience. The parodies cover a wide range of films and celebrities and so much more I can’t mention. Live in Calico Square at 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:00 pm, this is definitely for mature (or immature adult) audiences, so you may want to avoid this if you have younger children with you.
Speaking of younger children, right on the map when you enter the Scary Farm, they provide this warning:
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.
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.
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