We walked into Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm this weekend only to find that the residents have undergone a spooky transformation! Fortunately, these not-too-scary characters are protecting the town from the very REAL threat of zombies and monsters that haunt the park at night. Knott’s Spooky Farm is the berry farm-turned amusement park’s daytime Halloween celebration, which features trick-or-treating, a costume contest, ghastly drawing lessons, and a kid-friendly Dia De Los Muertos Celebration.
Thank you to Knott’s Berry Farm for providing admission, Fast Lane Passes, and parking.
Knott’s Spooky Farm
We have been visiting Knott’s Spooky Farm since my kids were babies, and we love the fact that our family can celebrate Halloween with a mix of new and old traditions. This family-friendly event, geared towards kids 3-11, takes place every weekend through October 29th, 2017 and Halloween Day. All of the spooktacular activities (except for pumpkin decorating which has a nominal fee) are included with regular park admission. Before you visit, be sure to check out our Knott’s Spooky Farm Guide!
Knott’s Spooky Farm Guide
This particular guide is organized by themed area and includes those rides, shows, and attractions specific to Knott’s Spooky Farm.
- Trick-or-Treat: I recommend beginning your day in Ghost Town, where you will have an opportunity to trick-or-treat and engage with the ghostly shopkeepers. Upon entrance into the park, kids will receive a bag and a map, which details all of the trick-or-treat stations and the locations of Knott’s Spooky Farm activities. Tip: Visit early in the morning when the crowds are light. You can re-visit Ghost Town late afternoon if your kids want to go back for additional treats.
- Meet the Creepy Critters of Calico: This year, Stanley Scarecrow opens the Livery Stable for families to get up close and personal with spiders, snakes, rats, and more. You’ll also find that Clark the horse has undergone a “boney” transformation.
- Decorate a Pumpkin: Visit the Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch for a photo opp. Then show off your creativity by decorating your own pumpkin ($5).
- Timber Mountain Log Ride Halloween Hootenanny: This year, Knott’s has transformed the popular ride with spooky new twists. The citizens of Timber Mountain have invited the mysterious creatures that live in the woods and caverns to join them as they celebrate the season of Halloween Hootenanny. The ride includes several new surprises including the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the town’s green witch, and Skull Mountain which drops you through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns. You’ll also enjoy a new song by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.
Boardwalk (aka The Ghastly Gallery)
- Monsterpiece Theatre: Join Lucy and Charlie Brown in a live show, enjoy spooky culture, and take a photo with your favorite Peanuts characters.
- Dr. Sketch N Stein’s Drawing Symposium: Learn how to draw your favorite Peanuts characters from Dr. Sketch and take home a “monsterpiece”.
- Dia de los Muertos Celebration: This kid-friendly walk-through experience includes a festive, interactive celebration. Learn about this Mexican holiday important holiday through photo opps, educational activities and more. Families will also have an opportunity to purchase gifts and get a face painting for a nominal fee.
- A Trip to Camp Spooky: Take a ride on the Grand Sierra Railroad and experience 2D and 3D Halloween-themed characters and effects.
- The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown: Join the Peanuts gang for an upbeat celebration to the sounds of your favorite Halloween tunes.
- Peanuts Costume Contest: Show off your Halloween Costume, then join the Peanuts characters for a dance party.
Halloween Eats and Treats at Knott’s Spooky Farm
- Monster Burger: Available at Ghost Town Grill, this burger features angus beef, spicy sausage, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a black bun with a knife through the center of it.
- Gummy Nightmare Funnel Cake: This funnel cake takes the infamous theme park dessert to another level with powdered sugar, Oreo cookies, whipped cream and gummy worms (Ghost Town Grub).
- Pumpkin Churro Sundae: What’s better than a pumpkin spice churro filled with raspberry filling and topped with cinnamon and sugar? Two served with ice cream! (Churro Factory)
- Spookies n Cream: Orange-colored vanilla ice cream Dippin’ Dots are served with Oreo cookie crumbles. (Dippin’ Dots, Cave-Inn)
- Ice Cream Spookiewich: This ice cream sandwich features chocolate ice cream served between Rice Krispy Treats and topped with Fruit Loops. (Cave-Inn)
- Pumpkin Spice Latte: Espresso and milk are flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice (Gourmet Coffee Hut).
How to Make the Most of Your Time at Knott’s Spooky Farm
There is so much to see and do at Knott’s Spooky Farm that you will want to make the most of your time at the park during this limited-time event.
- Get an early start. Knott’s Spooky Farm opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm for Scary Farm. Plan at least 30 minutes to park, get through security and secure your tickets
- Use the map to plan your day. The daily map and show guide will provide information about showtimes. I like to navigate the park by themed area, experiencing the shows and attractions in that location before moving on to the next.
- Purchase a Fast Lane Pass: Because this is a busy time of year, it makes sense to purchase a Fast Lane pass that will get you to the front of the line on select rides (including GhostRider, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, Silver Bullet, and more). You can use the Fast Lane Pass to ride select rides as often as you want. Prices vary according to the date of your visit ($60-$75 per person).
- Purchase a Season Pass: As a Southern California resident, a season pass makes sense because we visit Knott’s Berry Farm several times throughout the year. When you purchase a 2018 Season Pass ($92), you will enjoy unlimited admission to Knott’s Berry Farm without any blackout dates, including seasonal events like Knott’s Spooky Farm. A Golden Season Pass ($110) includes unlimited admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark without any blackout dates. Both season passes include one free admission for use in 2017.
Visit Knott’s Spooky Farm weekends September 30 –October 29 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and Halloween Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.