Knott’s Scary Farm: An LA Landmark

By Alex Smith, Staff Writer

“The gates were unlocked and spirits from below flew free. Human souls that had been trapped in the bodies of animals were released by the lord of the dead and sent to their new incarnations”, Welcome to Knott’s Scary Farm.

Knott’s Scary Farm originally started off as a three-day event in 1978. Known for Halloween mazes, scare zone, and nighttime shows. It’s considered a California classic.

Today it has over 1000 scare characters, 8 mazes, 4 scare zones, 14 rides, an All-American food classics.


A picture of the map of this year’s attractions. (Caption by Erin Neil and photo by Knott’s Scary Farm)

For some it might be a little challenging to find their way through the park because there are no maps and lights, but the employees are always around for assistance. However it’s not that large and its 5,900 square feet makes it seem less daunting to navigate through than Universal.

Unlike Halloween Horror Nights and Six Flags Scarefest, Knott’s mazes focus more on common fears rather than movie based characters. Their mazes include, Shadow Lands, The Red Barn, Black Ops: Infected, Paranormal Inc., The Dead of Winter: Wendigo’s Revenge, Trick-or-Treat, The Tooth Fairy, Voodoo – Order of the Serpent, and The Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises. Their unique point of view brings customers back to their childhood fears of zombies, teeth falling out, black magic, ghosts, and animal cruelty.

If people are not interested in being scared out of their minds, and still looking for a thrill they should get on the rides. Their fourteen rides include Bigfoot Rapids, Boomerang, Coast Rider, Ghostrider, Jaguar, La Revolucion, Montezoomas, Pony Express, Sierra Sidewinder, Silver Bullet, Supreme Scream, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, and Xcelerator. The vast roller coasters and drops of doom sets this park apart from all the others.

Although Knott’s Scary Farm is somewhat far, it’s worth the trip. The wait isn’t long, it’s inexpensive, and the food is great. Overall, if you want a good scream, then Knott’s is the place to go.


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