Last night Knott's kicked off their Haunt season in spectacular fashion (as usual) as the media and passholders were invited to find out what the answers to all the clues were as to what will be waiting for us in the fog for Knott's Scary Farm.
Below we'll outline the entire event, the mazes, the shows, the scare zones and everything else to make this the best Haunt ever. If you'd just like the "Short Short Version" click here to see the press release.
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We arrived a bit early in the day to have some fun in the park, get huge sandwiches at the Cable Car Kitchen, get our Haunt Passes and check on construction a bit.
As you can see, Black Magic is back and it will have a new Skeleton Key room.
Also, the all new maze "Dead of WInter" will be in the Boardwalk Ballroom as they just got new Air Conditioning and it will keep the maze nice and cold. If this heat keeps up into Haunt season this is definitely going to be one popular maze, not that it won't be already.
After a few hours in the heat riding rides, it was time to head over to the main attraction, the Haunt reveal.
After spending awhile catching up with our friends in attendance it was time to head inside to the Ghoul Time Theater where some other "friends" were waiting for us.
It was then time for the "Master of Scaremonies" to take the stage. Who else but the incomparable Jeff Tucker. Even if you aren't a fan of Haunt any event MC'd by Jeff is a treat.
Fittingly, he was wheeled out Hannibal Lecter style.
The Haunt crowd is definitely unique as there really is no "warming up" required, we all knew why we were there and we couldn't wait to get to the main event.
It was straight to business as Jeff talked about the return of the Scary Farm Pass. Be sure to get yours before Sept 20 for the Season Pass Price of $70. Paid for in less than 2 visits.
Selling out in its inaugural year, the Knott’s Scary Farm Pass returns in 2015 and offers unlimited visits to all 24 event nights. Current 2015 Knott’s Berry Farm Season
Passholders can purchase the pass at the limited time price of $70, now through Sept. 20 (while supplies last, plus applicable fees); the general public can purchase the pass for $80 (while supplies last, plus fees). New for 2015, Season Long Parking is valid for Knott’s Scary Farm nights.
First up was the 2 shows, Elvira's Asylum and The Hanging: "Straight Outta Calico".
Jeff pretty much confirmed that they wouldn't be hanging Justin Bieber (again) and that there will be some kind of interactive element to the show. It will be interesting to see how that works.
Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s Scary Farm in a spectacular all new show, Elvira’s Asylum, featuring insane dance and comedy performances.
In honor of Elvira’s return to Knott’s Scary Farm, the Nautilus merchandise shop will temporarily become Elvira’s Boo-tique, where fans can purchase stylish apparel and sinfully fun products featuring and inspired by the Legendary Mistress of the Dark. Each night, a limited number of guests who spend at least $50 at Elvira’s Boo-tique during Knott’s Scary Farm will get a chance to meet Elvira between performances of Elvira’s Asylum and collect her signature on one of the purchased items. Knott’s Scary Farm is the only place Elvira can be seen this Halloween season, and Elvira’s Boo-tique offers fans a once in a lifetime meet and greet opportunity!
The Hanging®: A live stage show in Calico Square irreverently looks back at the year's pop culture with killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics and high-flying stunts, The Hanging is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must see parody!
Next up were the Scare Zones, no big surprises here except that Ghost Town will be the biggest scare zone ever with more monsters than ever and there will be nowhere to hide. Sounds like they'll be using the backstage area's where a big chunk of the mazes are more.
Knott’s Scary Farm is far more than a collection of haunted attractions. Every night monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into murderous scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm.
Ghost Town Streets is the original and largest, most terrifying scare zone that started it all. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog, and beware the notoriously startling sliders, who lunge from in every fog-filled corner of the land. Fiesta De Los Muertos fuses dance music, colorful costumes, and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone. It’s the ultimate late night celebration of Dia de los Muertos. On the Boardwalk clowns crave your undying attention in the CarnEVIL scare zone.
And then of course, it was onto the mazes.
All of the mazes below may be "returning" mazes, but each of them has something new to offer for 2015.
Pinocchio Unstrung: 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. Meander your way through the carnage-riddled village and an all new sinful Pleasure Island and Skeleton Key Room. Revenge comes with no strings attached.
Black Magic: Houdini’s vengeful spirt continues to wreak havoc on the Faux Theater, where the veil between the living and the dead is severed. Houdini’s ghost comes alive and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes, only to finally meet Houdini in a show-stopping finale. Back for its third year, Black Magic is one of the most popular mazes at Scary Farm.
Trick-or-Treat: Take a brave step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell…trick or treat, which will it be? After surviving her grisly welcome, wander into the Green Witch’s never before seen potion room and bewitched attic. But don’t leave too soon; you’re the special guest at the Green Witch’s deadly dinner party where she and her menacing Tricksters await your arrival.
Forevermore: Follow the destruction of the “Forevermore Killer,” one haunting tale after another, as the slayer makes his way through one of the longest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm’s history. With a Skeleton Key, guests can witness the work of the Forevermore Killer firsthand.
Voodoo - Order of the Serpent: The haunting legend of Papa Legba continues as guests follow him on his foreboding journey to conjure the serpent demon goddess in the outskirts of New Orleans. Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes. Guests who are brave enough to venture through the Skeleton Key room may fall prey to a defiled ritual.
The Tooth Fairy: This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and new this year, an all-new Skeleton Key room…says aahhh.
Back by overwhelming demand, guests can enlist to fight the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in the interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected - Patient Zero. In 2014, the ambitious new attraction was the first of its kind in North America and in 2015 continues to be the largest infestation of zombies nationwide. In 2015, the highly sought-after attraction will include more blood thirsty zombies, new missions, brand new high-tech laser guns, and more.
The Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises: Deadly howls and a full blood moon mark your impending doom as werewolves overrun the crime stricken old west town. Walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path of retribution against the Skinwalkers.
After the returning mazes were announced it was time to get to the new mazes for 2015.
There had been a lot of speculation and rumor as to the maze themes, where they would be and how they would pull it off, and for the most part the online community was pretty spot on. There's some good clue gatherers out there.
First new maze was announced at ScareLA and is Dead of Winter which will be in the Boardwalk Ballroom.
The Dead of Winter (New for 2015): Escape the icy grasp of the chilling Snow Queen in the all new maze. Backed by with a ravenous beastly army of resurrected Viking warriors, she is hell bent on avenging her beloved family’s murder, and preys upon any unsuspecting visitors who enter the borders of her icy domain. Guests with a Skeleton Key will have the opportunity to unlock a bone chilling surprise.
My Bloody Clementine (New for 2015): There is no tale more vicious and vengeful than that of My Bloody Clementine. Take a grim ride through the Calico Mine where Clementine and her father were brutally murdered centuries ago. Their wretched spirits roam the tunnels in search of those who killed them. This year the ride through maze will feature live monsters out for revenge at the train track’s every turn.
PARANORMAL, INC. - Case #1 – The Haunting of Hayden Hill (New for 2015): Featuring high flying aerial stunts and scares, in the groundbreaking new maze, guests investigate a haunted hospital where the patients were tortured for decades by deranged doctors and nurses. Demonic spirits of the murdered victims have been detected throughout the mysterious halls, while evil medical staff hunt for new patients to torture.
So what we're gathering from this one is that it will be in the former location of Asylum/Dominion and once again using a sort of Asylum theme but this time with some Paranormal stuff going on and that it will be highly interactive. Not sure if it means some kind of flashlight or if you'll use your phone or what. Will be interesting for sure.
And last but not least, the Green Witch is back and looks to be more amazing than ever!!!
(New for 2015) Prowling the darkest corners of Knott’s midways and scare zones, the Green Witch and her Deadly 7 is a sadistic crew guilty of more terror than meets the eye. Each of the monsters represent one of the seven deadly sins and make terrifying surprise appearances throughout the park each night.
After the ceremony we were invited up to the top level to experience the amazing hospitality of Knott's and if we wanted to get some interviews with the creative team at Knott's Scary Farm.
It was another great event put on by Knott's but of course the main event begins on September 24. We'll of course be there on opening night and a few times throughout the event. We hope to see you in the fog!!
For all the info on this years event including tickets, passes and more, see the full press release here.