BUENA PARK, CA-The spook is in. If you’re already spooked by haunted things, scary faces, creepy sounds, and all things as it relates to Halloween, Knott’s Scary Farm will eerily build on that chapter for you. Knott’s Scary Farm lives up to its name. If you have never gone through the Buena Park’s theme park’s transformation from Knott’s Berry Farm up through the Halloween season, you’ve not been in the proper venue for trick-or-treat.
What you get at Knott’s Scary Farm is more tricks than treats. That’s because when the lights go out throughout the park as the evening dust settles, strange creatures and characters ratchet up the scare tactics that is sure to scare the heck out of you.
You’re in a for a very scary night at Knott’s Scary Farm. With mist blowing in from Ghost Town, the welcoming attention you’re likely to get are from pockets of the Scare Hall of Fame. Maybe an exaggeration? Maybe not.
The 25-day colony of fear is set up to do one thing: scare people. With more than a 1,000 creatures roaming about to make sure your dreams become a nightmare, Knott’s Scary Farm is the place to be if you enjoy the fright night atmosphere. For curiosity sake, the visit to Knott’s Scary Farm is began with your walk innocently enough strolling through Ghost Town. That’s easy, some will say.
Well, it is at night when the theme park comes alive. So, do those roaming creatures. This is when things get really interesting. You’re basically on your own, at the mercy of the darkness. Your guide through the Ghost Town Streets are the Werewolf, Freddie Krueger, Jason from the Friday the 13th running film series, a whole bunch of other ghastly characters. It is quite nerve-wracking to have to walk through the blackened backdrop with searing mist clouding your vision.
By the time you think you have time to regroup after the mist clears to find your way to some of the performances like Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Paranormal, Inc. and The Hanging, the surprises that make Knott’s Scary Farm the hub of scare in Southern California, puts you in protect mode all the way through the mazes.
If you didn’t have anxiety before, the scary jitters, like it hit me suddenly, can have can an adverse effect on your nerves. Calm will not get you through this scary storm that features entertainment venues like the killer animals in Red Barn, Trick-or-Treat and Dark Side. The gore and blood displayed at Red Barn is not for the faint of heart, so you had better bring your hard hat and gut-check thermometer with you.
Maybe the most fun of Knott’s Scary Farm is the Special Ops: Infected zone and maze. This is where patrons find themselves strapped with a laser gun and they are challenged to take out zombies as they wind their way through the streets in this interactive experience. It’s a pretty cool gimmick to get the scare out of people and put them into a more easy, comfortable setting where they participate. It’s like S.W.A.T. meeting up with Aliens, only the customers play good cop.
The evening could very well be summed up with the ageless Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), who came into prominence with the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark film, and later with The Elvira Show. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is an entertaining catalog of sass, sexiness and some rock and roll fun the longtime television and film vixen pokes fun at. If there is a place you’d want to end your night, settling into your seat to be entertained by Elvia, Mistress of the Dark, is not too bad of a choice.