Intrigued by things that go bump in the night? Then join the thousands of other horror aficionados at Knotts Scary Farms “40th Annual Halloween Haunt”. With 40 years of experience under their belt, Knotts has perfected the art of scaring with their 13 mazes, 9 live shows, and 4 scare zones (with over 1000 monsters!).
Delirium- “In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of insanity, lies the hellish wasteland of delirium; a place so gruesome that your imagination fails to comprehend the horrors. Illusion and paranoia are your only anchors to reality. Welcome to your worst nightmare!”
Endgame- Warriors of the Apocalypse- (Expanded maze!)“The world as we know it has ended. The survivors in this barren desert have scavenged to rebuild society. The rich and the powerful have turned all others into slaves for sport. Enter the post apocalyptic arena where gladiators are forced to battle to their deaths for entertainment. Are you game?”
Dominion Of The Dead- (New!)“ Welcome to the return of Dominion where creatures create art and music so beautiful the human mind cannot fully comprehend. Orroro Bella, the beautiful horror, is what you will find within the walls of this gallery. Lured by the undead, you descend deeper within the gallery as the chance to escape slips away. You shall be their next masterpiece”
Dia De Los Muertos (Expanded!)-“ Venture into the forbidden jungle of El Chupacabra where sacrificial blood rains down from the sky. The screams of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, echo around you and the creatures of the night crawl from their crypts – “Dia de los Muertos,” the “Day of the Dead” has arrived!”
Fallout Shelter in 3D- “Locked in a cement grave for decades, deep in the bowels of the lake, an abandoned government fallout shelter is crawling with human/animal genetic hybrids, toxic mutants and nuclear freaks hungry for human carnage. Grab your Geiger Counters and put on your radiation suits, the residents are rave”nous!”
Pinocchio Unstrung (New!)-“ Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, but 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.”
Terror of London –(Updated!) “Step back in time and into the fog-filled streets of London. The villains of the night are terrorizing the townsfolk! Step lively or you’ll fall victim to Jack the Ripper’s blade!”
Trick or Treat (New!)- “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. I am sure that the tales of the many Hallows Eve victims are just that. You can come away with a treat, but is it worth it?” (For an extra fee you have the opportunity to actually trick or treat in this maze!!! Cool, right?)
Virus Z (New ending!)- “Welcome to Pleasanton- Population: Zero. Virus Z has turned the entire town into hunger-crazed zombies and visitors are the preferred meal. Hordes of bloodthirsty corpses roam the small town in search of fresh meat. NEW for 2012: A bloody “Carrie” finale based on the upcoming film, which is set for theatrical release March 2013.”
Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre in 3D- “Step right up, don’t be shy Inside you will find a villainous variety of vaudevillian visages to vex even the most valiant voyeurs! It’s the greatest slaughter on earth with clown carnage galore!”
Uncle Willy’s Slaughter House (Expanded!)-“ Folks near and far come a-runnin’ for Farmer Willy’s world famous BBQ! Guests are welcome to venture through the Slaughterhouse where Uncle Willy will feed them full of BBQ, slather them with special sauce, tenderize them with his chainsaw and grind them into a tasty treat. Bone appetite!”
Trapped (Reservation only, private maze)- “This reservation only, interactive maze leads guests into an abyss of their deepest fears and phobias. You are part of the horror and an active participant in your own demise. Do you have the courage to enter a nightmare designed exclusively for you and face the challenge of finding an escape? Remember there are no doors in this nightmare. *Additional fee applies.”
Evil Dead (The Log Ride!)- “Based on the upcoming film, which is set for theatrical release April 2013, you and your friends ride through the woods to an isolated cabin where you discover the secrets of The Book of the Dead. A demonic force is unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival. Meet five friends and escape the terror that has possessed them and now threatens you to join the Evil Dead.”
Knotts Scary Farm also has an impressive line of live shows. Grab a drink from the numerous beer gardens (some with “club style” atmosphers) and check out the “Blood Drums” in the Necropolis Theatre, the “Cursed” Gypsy Dancers in the Gypsy Camp, “Ed Alonzo’s Fun House” (insane pyscho-sensory magic) in the Charles M. Shulz Theatre,” Mephisto’s Mechanical Mayhem”, a crazy vampiric inventor in Necropolis, the “Midnight Witching Hour”, witch hangings at midnight in Calico Square which tie into “The Hanging Games”, “The Tonga Tiki Terror” a Tonga creature who haunts the Broadway Ballroom, “Unearthed”, stories of phantoms of the Haunt told in the Mystery Lodge, and “Zamora’s Sideshow of Torture” (if you have the stomach for it!) at the Bird Cage Theatre.
The theme this year is the “Green Witch”, a woman who was accused and killed for witchcraft in Calico. She has (of course!) returned and is seeking vengeance! Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of her on your travels, but beware! We have no idea what horrors she has in store for us…
Haunt dates for 2012: Sept. 21-22 and 27-30 and Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28 and 30-31. Hours: 7PM- 1AM Sunday, Thursday, Tuesday, and Halloween. 7PM-2AM Friday and Saturday. No costumes! Tickets are $36-52, depending on date.