Knott’s Scary Farm Opening Night 2015 Review!

Knott’s Scary Farm Opening Night 2015

IMG_25210000 IMG_30740000 Opening night is always fun and exciting at Knott’s Scary Farm; the event that Fans, Haunters, and the creative team behind Scary Farm look forward to all year long! This year The Fright Zone and I did what we could with what time we had, no worries we both have passes and will be back soon enough! So we will cover what we got to see on opening night, so be sure to look out for future reviews.

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We got in 30 mins late so we missed the opening ceremony, one thing I noticed right away that it was not as crazy crowed like last year’s opening nights, I thought with maybe Ghostrider being under refurb that would not help with crowd control but we all know where everyone was at… Infected and Paranormal INC. Sadly we didn’t get to Infected opening night, sorry Jon we will soon 😉 However, let’s just start with Paranormal INC., because OMG!


Paranormal INC.

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This has got to be the maze of the year for me, even Mary (AKA: The Fright Zone) thought so too. One of the things that I love most was it had a pre-show with back story and it was full of surprises!

The sets are amazing, the effects are superb, lighting, sound and everything is just OMG! I’ve never seen anything like it, plus the backstory was so cool, so I’m not going to spoil much 😉 But you need to make this one on your must do list while at Scary Farm, get yourself a Fright Lane so you can go over and over and not miss a THING! It’s so amazing I was smiling so much I cried! 😉 The scares were on point classic Haunted House style, which is what I love! Exclent work to Jon Cook, the cast and the team behind the production! You are all Amazing!!!!

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My Bloody Clementine

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The mine ride this year has a Haunt overlay with live Monsters since Invasion Below from 2011!

It was nice to see the mine ride with monsters in it again, last year the Mine Ride went under major refurbishment; this made it even better for haunt overlays with a new sound system and new lighting! I know some were worried about Knott’s putting monsters in the mine ride again after the major work done, but, from what it looks like monsters are only near emergency exits and have harnesses on them to protect them from falling onto the tracks! Our first run through was not so good, we got stopped halfway through, but got to try it again! It’s nice,dark and foggy inside; some things you could not see so well, maybe just first night kinks, but never the less it’s a great atddishion to scary farm this season! It reminds me of classic Knott’s Scary Farm (1990s) lets hope maybe they could do something like this on the log ride, simple yet effective! All in all we loved it, great work Daniel and the team! By the way… we were stuck on the mine ride for a total of  30 min. therefore taking up time that we could’ve used to go see The Hanging, other mazes and Infected.

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The Dead of Winter

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This maze was cool, we did got to try out the Key Room and it was full of jump scares! The sets looked great, the space was used very well, they are not using the whole Boardwalk ballroom because they are using the right side for Knott’s Spooky Farm! It was cool to see frozen bodies in the floor, reminds me of a few old mazes from the Halloween Haunt days. Let’s not forget how nice and cold it is in there, it’s the coldest maze at Scary Farm! It’s very White and Bright in there but that doesn’t mean its not scary 😉 Don’t be fooled thinking your safe in the Snow 😉 Great to see another maze by Gus, nice work everyone! By the way, Gus, Mary LOVED the spiders and the Snow Queen 3:)

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Voodoo: Order of The Serpent


The key room is all new so go check it out, we missed it so next time 😉

Voodoo last year was one of my favorites with jump scares, choose your own adventure and the amazing New Orleans Voodoo theme.

This year a lot has changed, instead of choose your own adventure, it’s just a flow through.

The maze had lots of classic jump scares that most haunted attractions don’t do anymore. The ending is extended and makes more sense now! It’s a great maze, I’m glad they changed it up and made it a lot longer! Great work Jon and the team! Mary still Thinks you are an awesome designer. 😉 *Mary told me to write this and to add the winky face with it* LOL!

Trick or Treat

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This maze has been here since 2012, but it got a much needed make over to renovate it and making it longer! Funny part about the night was this maze scared us the most, we jumped multiple times and it started before we walked into the door hahaha, the monsters were on point! They came at us left and right making us jump! Be sure to go check out the Green Witch’s house! Great Job Team!

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This maze was one of my favs last year so we gave it a go again. We tried the Key Room, it was funny and scary! The only thing that sucks about the key rooms is you can’t always hear the talent talking; maybe a mic and sound system for the key rooms wouldn’t be a bad idea in the future. I liked how they were miked up in Paranormal INC.

Not too much has changed about Pinnochio, but the monsters are always full of energy! Looks like the cricket at the end got more scary, Mary absolutely loves that Cricket 😉 Great job team! 🙂 See you again soon!

Elvira’s Asylum

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I wasn’t too thrilled about Elvira’s show last season. :/ But WE LOVED this one; the dancing  and acrobatics are amazing, the costumes are perfect and the sets are perfect! The show is funny with lots of boob jokes 😉 Great job to the crew and team behind the show we will definitely be back to see Elvira’s Asylum! Mary would like to add that she absolutely loved the show except the music to the arial preference of the Nympho inmate with the ear driving dubstep.

Knott’s Hotel Pre-Scare Dinner

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We had dinner at the Hotel before we went to Scary Farm, it’s creepily decorated, dark, with spooky background music, and monsters lurking around. Plus the food is good, it’s Knott’s so of course the food is great. All you can eat buffet for $24.99 each, you also get early entry to Knott’s Scary Farm! Mary would like to add that she loves this experience and it  is soooooooo Delicious and wonderfully spooky; she loves how the monsters are there to interact with the guests. She would also like to add that it is important to go to Scary Farm with a full stomach so you have the energy to be chased by the Street Monsters around the park without being in a bad mood of being hungry.

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That’s all we got to cover this visit! I would like to add that we did get a chance to see “The Deadly Seven” lurk around the scare zones! They are a creepy addition this year; at first I didn’t know what to think about them but once you see them lurking around the fog… it’s creepy 😉 We will be back to cover anything we missed and the Scare Zones mainly so keep an EYE out and thanks for reading! Also, Thank you to all the MONSTERS, Talent, Designers and all the people who brought this amazing event LIFE! 3:)

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Thanks for reading and please share!

Timothy Dennison (Knott’s Network)

Thanks Mary Imagination for editing this article.

Be sure to Check out The Fright Zone’s video on opening night (partner in Crime) 😉

Knott’s Scary Farm Build Update 9-9-15

School is back in session, crowds are much lighter now. We now are starting to see Scary Farm deco though out Ghost Town. This year there are a lot of pumpkins, Im assuming that will also tie into the new Knott’s Spooky Farm (Weekend Daytime Halloween Fun) in Oct.

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The Hanging! The stage is moving along nicely, seems bigger than normal on the right 🙂

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Gunslinger Grave continues to grow.

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Pinocchio has all the outside walls up, and props are going in!

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Infected, this is the only thing I saw so far, lighting truss 😉


The Mine Ride, It was so hot today I really didn’t want to ride all the rides but Im told stuff is starting to go in!


Parnormal INC. The back end of the maze is all covered up!

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That’s it for this week! just two weeks to go :)))))) I will be at West Coast Bash all weekend long with Theme Park Review at Knott’s and Magic Mountain see you there maybe 😉

Timothy D.

Exclusive Sneak Peek of The 17th Door

Haunting the Tustin MarketPlace this October is a brand new attraction called The 17th Door, a fully immersive haunt that will chill you to the bone and make you SCREAM! We visited the Haunt last evening for a sneak peek of the new haunt… and we were AMAZED. We penned down this haunt in our calendar for the season as a definite must go. Not only the artistry and the amazing scenes impressed us, but also the story of the maze and these haunter’s journey to reach this amazing point of creating their own haunted attraction after years of being haunt fans. Will you join us on this journey through the twisted and terrifying world of The 17th Door? Good!

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We met up with Heather Luther, the co-owner of “The 17Th Door” and she narrated their story as we lurked around the classroom of Gluttire University inside the Haunt. Her and her husband Robbie have been dreaming of making their own Haunt for the last ten years. They always have LOVED Halloween and Haunted Attractions. They would visit Knott’s Scary Farm, Horror Nights, Sinister Pointe and many others every year and they would always be in awe of how amazing it is to be in another world where monsters and fear lives. With every attraction her husband would be inspired by a scare tactic or a wonderful method of fear that he would want to “one day” apply to his own haunt. After years of being fans and dreaming they took the leap of faith this year and they are creating the Haunted Attraction they have always dreamed of creating.



The 17th Door is a fully immersive and interactive haunted attraction where you you will be lost in their world traveling amongst the 17 doors in the 30 minute experience.

“Sometimes going away to college is an amazing experience, unless you end up at a place like Gluttire University. Paula thought she could start again fresh after high school and escape her past. She believed she could leave it all behind and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. But what happens at Gluttire between classes isn’t just troubling, its pure evil. In a University like this, dreams only become nightmares and Paula waits to share her’s with you.


Come walk with Paula for over 30 minutes through The University and its seventeen rooms of psychological terror… A place so sinister that the personal demons of her past take pig form and roam the campus waiting to haunt her. In this decrepit institution, where evil breeds unchecked, go along with Paula as her life falls hard and fast down a spiral of torture: uncontrollable purging, excessive abuse and bodily harm. Try to calm your senses and gather your courage as you progress from room to room because under the disturbed and watchful eye of this monstrous school, each space tests your emotions and endurance more than the last.

If you think you are prepared to enter Paula’s world, then know this: everything inside this realm, which assaults your senses, is real. All you’ll feel on your flesh, the heat and the freezing chill, is real. The putrid odor that invades your nose from the stench of her rotting life is real. Know that when you walk into the frozen locker and are surrounded by the carcasses of her demons, what hangs from those hooks is real. And when you linger in her dorm room, what scurries under your feet and along the walls is real. The question is: can you make it? Can you walk in Paula’s shoes through the dissolution of her life to withstand what’s behind that final door? Or will you want to escape along with her…perhaps even before her? Can you survive this, or will you scream MERCY in order to be escorted out of this nightmare? Are you brave enough to make it through… The 17th Door?”

Each room is highly detailed, immersive and will make you question if you are still in the “real world”. I am extremely excited for this haunted attraction and am very impressed with the amount of artistry in this haunt. If you love haunts this is one NOT TO MISS this year… totally a MUST GO! For you hardcore Scary Farm fans who have not been to visited other haunt other than Halloween Haunt, this maze is like Trapped except with a singular storyline that you are fully caught up in and make you question if YOUR world even existed. Additionally, it is not far from Scary Farm being located within the OC. So all YOU peeps in the OC you got a new haunt coming at ya!



Some last thoughts about this haunt… as a Haunter and a Haunt fan I am super excited for this haunt and I admire these people at the 17th Door for making their dream a reality. This is an amazing story about people who have a passion for haunts and they make their darkest nightmares a reality! YOU GO 17th Door!!! Knott’s Network, The Fright Zone, and the haunt community of So. Cal. are ready to see your dark creation UNLEASHED!!!!


Thank you all for reading this write up on The 17th Door, we hope that all you haunt fans pay a visit to this new haunt and check out all the amazing haunts that Southern California has to Offer. We are sure as HELL excited for Haunt Season 2015! Thank you to the 17th Door for inviting us over to your haunt for the sneak peek… it was amazing.

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See You All Soon… IN THE DARK!

-Mary Imagination of  The Fright Zone

17th Door Website


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Knott’s Scary Farm Build Update 9-1-15


We a now 23 days away from opening night! Billboards have started to change around the park!

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Parnormal INC.

The facade is starting to take shape!! I can’t wait to go through this one 🙂

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The Gunslingers Grave

more buildings and walls are popping up, as well as wiring etc.

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You can see the space out for the Key Room, also the back area has more walls up!

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The Hanging

pading being added!


Thats it for this weeks update! 3 weeks to go :))))))

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The Holiday Weekend Is The Last Chance to Take In Knott’s Summertime Entertainment

Knott’s Berry Farm offers special Labor Day weekend entertainment and family fun for a variety of ages and interests, including a spectacular Labor Day Sunday fireworks show. On September 6, the Park’s skyline will glow with a brilliant fireworks show at 10pm – TIP: the best view in the Park is in Boardwalk and Calico Square. Guests can also take a journey on the spectacular new 4D interactive ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef; stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town® or hang with the PEANUTS gang in a fresh Camp Snoopy, the land of high sierra fun!
There’s live entertainment everywhere you turn. The Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – Sept. 7, is the last time guest can enjoy the following line-up of can’t miss shows and entertainment:

· Salsa Bands, nothing says a fiesta like a dance party created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands.

· Back by popular demand, The Big Fat Steve Band – The Kings of Kool is a fun, exciting dance band with a swingin’ beat. Enjoy the live musicality of rockabilly, swing and classic sounds. The only thing missing are your dance moves.

· Camp-goers will love Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers performed in the newly renovated Camp Snoopy Theatre. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, their friend JT, and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy, will take the stage in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody!

· Calico Saloon Cancan Show, because what’s a Saloon without a show? Don’t miss this revered show for some good old’ fashioned barroom fun.

· Ghost Town is alive with townsfolk who will put you smack dab in the middle of the Wild West. New residents have put down stakes recently… Clem Culpepper, the ever hopeful gold miner, Ma & Pa Shine, our resident moonshiners & Nathan Quickly, the Pony Express Agent, and the rest of the Calico Townsfolk.

Knott’s Labor Day weekend celebration is included with regular daytime admission. Theme Park hours are: Friday, September 4 10am – 8pm; Saturday, September 5 10am – 10pm; Sunday, September 6 10am – 11pm; Monday, September 7 10am – 8pm. A 2016 Season Pass is a great way to experience all of the seasons of fun at Knott’s. 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes go on sale August 28, 2015 for as little as nine payments of $9. A 2016 Season Pass offers one free admission in 2015, unlimited visits in 2016, food and merchandise discounts, Early Ride Time on select rides during the summer, discounts on Knott’s Scary Farm tickets, and exclusive Passholder offers and events. Current 2015 Passholders can take advantage of a special limited time renewal price.