Knott's Scary Farm is BACK!!! Southern California's favorite haunted Halloween event has returned 27 terrifying nights of screams from September 22 – October 31. Get ready for innovative new scares and bone-chilling thrills for Scary Farm's 49th frightful year.
This year's theme is Where Nightmares Never End! Terror comes to life as the theme park shifts into your worst nightmare, with horrifying monsters and hair-raising scares looming around every turn.
Guests will come face to face with their most horrifying fears as they brave through the park’s 17 haunted experiences, including five spine-chilling scare zones, nine monstrous mazes, three sinister shows, scary food, and two seasonal ride overlays - Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride.
I don't know about you, but my teens look forward to Knott's Scary Farm all year long!!!
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What's New for 2022?
I am so excited to share that there will be some new scary attractions at Knott's Scary Farm this year. First of all, there are TWO NEW MAZES – Bloodline 1842, a vampire nightmare, and The Grimoire, where you enter the world of a mysterious spell book.
Then there are 2 new shows. Le Magnifique Carnaval du Grotesque on the Calico Mine Stage, and Conjurers: Dark Magic, taking place at Birdcage Theater. You can read more about these new show below.
The year, there is also the new Chaperone Policy and Bag policies. Read about them below.
Lastly, there is a new daytime tour that takes you behind the scenes and into the mazes! Beyond the Fog: A behind-the-scenes tour of Knott’s Scary Farm is Knott's newest adventure. Learn the history, thought process, secrets and easter eggs found in the mazes of Scary Farm. Read more about this tour below.
Knott's Scary Farm 2022 Mazes
This year, Knott's Scary Farm will have 9 mesmerizing mazes!
First off, head over to Knott's newest maze, The Grimoire. Turn the page and enter the world of an ancient relic whose dark stories exist purely to turn your greatest nightmares into a reality. Enter the world of a mysterious spell book and escape the demonic creatures inside or be eternally trapped within!
Knott's Scary Farm's other new maze, Bloodline 1842, allows guests to armed themselves with the latest Bellatorian weaponry. You can choose to heed the call to action and embark on a perilous journey with the immortal Daybreakers.
Travel through the busy city streets of Valdonia while hunting the bloodthirsty Valhymphri in an all-out war. Bring light into the darkness, survive the vicious onslaught of vampires, and bring honor to your order!
Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind. This is Knott's Scary Farm's newest haunted maze. Within the canvas tent lies the secret of the most potent force in the universe - the human mind. Get ready to succumb to the hypnotist Mesmer and his sinister sideshow as they prey on your hidden fears. Finally, release your inner thoughts and descend into a world of madness, torture, and eerie enlightenment.
Mysterious lights and strange noises have begun to emanate from the eerie abandoned wax museum. This is the theme of the maze, Wax Works. Blood-curdling screams echo through the halls as victims are horrifyingly submerged into a scorching hot cauldron of bubbling wax. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Augustus Scratch, will be tinkering each night, ready to show off his beautiful yet terrifying life-like masterpieces of hot molten wax and bloody flesh. Run away or eventually become the newest masterpiece to add to his collection.
Even more mazes!
Origins: The Curse of Calico is where you will discover the secret of the evil fog that hangs over Knott's Scary Farm. Unearth the sinister paranormal activity that plagues Calico. Soon, Sarah Marshall will be put on trial for her suspected crimes of witchcraft. The Green Witch will rise and curse the townsfolk, transforming those who have accused her into malicious creatures with an eternal quench for the living.
Survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow as you enter the Pumpkin Eater maze! A creature is on the prowl, hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape Pumpkin Eater's wrath, all who enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the way out.
Journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel carnie folk still linger in the shadows in Dark Ride: Castle of Chaos. The carnival freaks and carnies have created a dark world of terror which they plan to unleash on those who enter. Brave visitors will journey through a treacherous path, right into the bowels of a long-neglected attraction.
Beware of the sinister shadows and horrifying characters that cast gloom over the once pleasant ride resulting in everyone's worst nightmare, being trapped inside an abandoned carnival ride without a way out.
A heavy fog drapes over an abandoned port village where ancient creatures lurk in the maze The Depths. Inside the pitch-black underground caves hide below the seaside shores. The Nightwatch Mining Crew has mysteriously disappeared, and village rumors point to the eerie tunnels the town sits upon. Warning, all who enter never resurface. Myths of the terrifying horrors that lurk within the cave have often been whispered yet are never confirmed. Did the crew meet their demise at the hand of vicious creatures that live within the cave? Discover if the superstitions revolving around the cave are true or not.
Teleport beyond earth into a realm where the darkness is absolute in Dark Entities. In the depths of space, a lone station faces terror beyond all imagination. An extraterrestrial mutation has invaded the station, and it's on the prowl for new hosts. The unearthly inhabitants' force increases as it feeds on its unwilling victims. Escape the dark entities before their deadly force is running out!
2022 Scary Farm Shows
The Scary Farm shows are something that I look forward to every year. Not only are they entertaining, they are the perfect way to get a break from screaming and running away from monsters.
The most exciting things is that this year there are 2 new shows! That's a record for the number of top-notch scary shows to debut at Knott's Scary Farm.
Back at Scary Farm this year is the crowd favorite - Puppet Up! Uncensored showing at The Walter Knott Theater. It's an outrageous show featuring a both improve comedy and the magic of puppetry. This hilarious show is being performed by a cast of world-class comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company. It's definitely not your ordinary puppet show. Best of all, every show is different because the audience plays a huge role in participation. BTW, it's also uncensored, so beware...anything goes including swearing and adult content.
Conjurers is back again at the Bird Cage Theater. You won't believe your eyes when our skilled Illusionist takes the stage in the heart of Calico. Make sure to arrive early, as seating is limited and may vanish before your eyes.
The new Scary Farm shows...
Le Magnifique Carnaval du Grotesque is playing at the Calico Mine Stage. Step right up and walk into the mystique and darkness of the malevolent Le Magnifique Carnaval Du Grotesque. This reimagined show features a collection of death-defying feats and dangerous carnival acts to delight your darkest desires and fill your senses with terror.
Conjurers: Dark Magic plays nightly at the Birdcage Theater near the Knott's Schoolhouse. The fog in Calico is thick. The screams of the denizens of the night echo all around. The only safe place to take refuge is in The Bird Cage Theatre with this newest evolution of the Conjurers magic show. You know the place, right next to the Undertaker. It seems that with death no longer the end, the Undertaker has nearly been run out of business. Fortunately, in all his dealings with death and the afterlife, he's got a few tricks up his sleeve. Tricks will come in handy as he crosses over to the other side to show our still-living guests what he's learned.
2022 Scary Farm Scare Zones
Knott's Scary Farm is far more than just their haunted mazes.
Every night monsters spill out onto the streets of Knott's and turn theme park midways into bone chilling 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.
This year there are five amazing Scare Zones.
Step back into the dark decadence of a by-gone era as the scare zone The Gore-ing 20's terrorizes even the bravest and most brutal souls. Here gangsters run illicit hooch for the ghostly revelers as the otherworldly musicians play the music of the damned. Tell the Bouncer the secret password, and you'll have the time of your life for as long as it lasts.
Ghost Town Streets is the original and largest, most terrifying scare zone at Scary Farm. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog. Be especially carefully of the stunning sliders, who lunge from fog-filled corners of the land.
The Hollow scare zone will terrorize guests as the Witches of the Hollow, and their armies of creatures have risen once again to battle with the Witch Hunter.
On the Boardwalk, the clowns want your undying attention in the CARNEVIL scare zone.
And finally, The lake underneath Knott's Silver Bullet rides recedes to reveal the Forsaken Lake scare zone. Gothic creatures ravaged by the dark and murky waters wander from their crypts preying on unsuspecting visitors. Don't be one of the victims that gets dragged back to a watery grave.
Beyond the Fog: A behind-the-scenes tour of Knott’s Scary Farm
Behind the scenes of Knott's Scary Farm, an army of talented builders and creators work hard to make California's original and most haunting Halloween event a success. For the first time, you can pull back the veil for a Lights On, Frights Off Tour.
Take a 3-hour behind-the-scenes look at Knott's Scary Farm where you’ll learn the history of Scary Farm and take part in a walking tour of multiple Knott's Scary Farm mazes with the lights on! Grab your walking shoes for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to go Beyond the Fog.
Haunted Rides at Knott's Scary Farm
There are two rides that have a Halloween overlay to get them in the spirit of Scary Farm. Timber Mountain has been transformed into Halloween Hootenanny. Log Ride residents celebrate the Halloween Hootenanny, which adds a seasonal twist to a park favorite. The Ride's interior features surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the town's green witch, and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns all set to an original soundtrack by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies
Also, the Calico Mine Ride has been turned into the Calico Candy Mine Ride. Every Halloween, the calico mine mysteriously transforms from silver ore to pure candy. The music is lively, and the lighting is colorful. It's a fun sight to see each year.
2022 Scary Farm Food Offerings
Knott's has outdone themselves with scary foods this 2022 season. There are a lot of new and exciting choices this year. There are not only Scary Farm entreés, there are also desserts and snacks that are to die for! From spooky funnel cakes to spooky pizza...there is something for everyone.
Here is a full list of the new scary foods that will be available at Knott's Scary Farm.
Do you have a Knott's Berry Farm Food Plan? Guess what? Some of the Scary Farm offerings are available as part of the meal plan! However, meal plans do not work during Scary Farm hours.
Meal Plan Eligible Scary Farm Foods:
- The Hollow's Chicken and Hatch Chili Pizza Pie
- Chicken and Spicy Sausage Gumbo with a Frog Leg
- Mexican Chorizo and Garlic Shrimp Burger
- Chaos Cheeseburger Pizza
- Creepy Calamari on a Stick
- Frighten Philly Cheese Tater Tots
- Scary Sausage and Veggies Sub
- The Angry Autumn Salad – Butternut Squash, Beets, Pomegranate Seeds, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad
- Cauldrons BBQ Beef Baracoa Sandwich with Spicy Slaw
- Ghouls Beer Cheese Mac & Cheese with Steak Bites
- Bratty Bratwurst and Sauerkraut on a Bun
- Cupra Nacho Hot Dog
- Decomposing Cool Ranch Taco
- Witches Fingers with Cubano Flavors
Scary Farm BOO-FET
Munch with the monsters before you face your fears. Treat yourself to a Knott’s Scary Farm Boo-fet dinner followed by early entrance to select areas of Knott’s Scary Farm. The dinner features endless portions of signature Knott’s entrees and desserts with a souvenir bottle. The menu includes Knott’s classics such as Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken, a chef carving station, boysenberry pie, and more.
Boo-fet diners receive early entry to select mazes and attractions, plus have exclusive monster photo opportunities before the park opens to the public.
Click here for more information about the Scary Farm Boo-fee Dinner.
Scary Farm Fright & Fast Lane Passes
What is a Fright & Fast Lane pass? This pass allows you to ride and scream all night long with unlimited priority access to all mazes plus priority boarding on all Fast Lane rides. Fright & Fast Lane starts at $135 and varies by night. Separate Scary Farm park admission required and not included.
Is the Fright & Fast Lane pass worth it? Scary Farm can get crowded and the lines long. If you want to go on everything, then yes! Of course, it also depends on your budget. Also, everyone in your party will need one as they are not transferable.
Attractions that accept a Knott's Scary Farm Fright & Fast Lane Pass:
- Priority Access to All Mazes
- Silver Bullet
- Supreme Scream
- Calico River Rapids
- Ghost Rider
- Coast Rider
- Sierra Sidewinder
- Calico Mine Ride
- Timber Mountain Log Ride
- La Revolucion
- Pony Express
- Bear-y Tales
You can purchase a Fright & Fast Lane pass online, or at the park in the General Store, Cordy's Corner, Casa California or Guest Services.
Knott's Scary Farm Discount Tickets (2022)
You can get Scary Farm Discount tickets for as low as $54 on Goldstar!
Does Knott's Scary Farm Have an App?
Yes! Knott's Scary Farm does have an app! Navigate your nightmares with a complete guide to all the haunted shows and attractions on their free mobile app.
Download the Knott's Scary Farm App Here.
Chaperone Policy at Knott's Scary Farm
Under the chaperone policy, all general park guests ages 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old to be admitted to the park. The chaperone must present a valid photo ID with date of birth. One chaperone may accompany no more than four guests ages 17 or younger per day.
Bag Policy at Knott's Scary Farm
Guests may not bring bags larger than 6.5” x 4.5” x 2” of any kind, including purses, backpacks, or diaper bags, into the park during KNOTT’S SCARY FARM. All bags will be subject to search.
Stay at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel During Scary Farm
Stay on property at the Knott's Hotel and you'll gain access to the best pricing on tickets.
Why would you want to stay anywhere else? Packages range from a hotel stay with admission to Knott's Scary Farm and a collectible Scare Key to all inclusive packages that include a hotel stay, admission to Knott's Scary Farm and Knott's Berry Farm, collectable t-shirt, key, a pre-scare dinner, breakfast and a Fright Lane Pass!
To check out all the Knott's Scary Farm Hotel packages click here!
Knott's Scary Farm FAQ
Here are some frequently asked questions about Scary Farm that you may have...
Is Knott's Scary Farm kid friendly?
Should you bring your kid to Scary Farm? That all depends. It's VERY SCARY!!!!! Scary Farm is recommended for ages 13 and older. Are you are comfortable with your child being present for the following situations?
- The mazes are gruesome.
- Do they get scared easily?
- Do they ever have nightmares?
- Do you want them to see blood and gore?
- Do you want them to hear fowl language. When people get the crap scared out of them...they tend to drop foul language!
- Can they stay up late?
Ask yourselves these things and then decide. So yes, even 10 year olds can go to Knott's Scary Farm. In my opinion, I wouldn't bring a child younger than 10 ever. But you know your child best.
Can the monsters touch you at Knott's Scary Farm?
No. They are not allowed to touch you.
Do you have to be vaccinated to go to Knotts?
No. They do not ask you for proof. But recommend that you take personal safety precautions.
When did Knott's Scary Farm start?
1973. It originally began as a three-night affair, and now has turned into a season long event.
Is Knotts Scary Farm ending?
No. Knott's does not have plans to cancel Scary Farm anytime soon.
Can you wear costumes to Knott's Scary Farm?
No. Knott's does not allow costumes at Scary Farm.
How long are the lines at Knott's Scary Farm?
Lines for the mazes at Scary Farm. Plan on waiting anywhere from 30 minutes on less busy days, and 1-2 hours per maze on busy days. If you don't want too wait in lines, you have the opportunity to buy a Fright Lane past for $135.
Can you use Cash at Knott's Scary Farm?
No. Knott's has moved to a cashless system. They do accept debit and credit cards. They do have Cash-to-Card kiosks that can transfer cash to a card which can be used anywhere, not just at the park.
Tips & Tricks: Be Prepared Before you go to Scary Farm
There are a couple things that I suggest to do before you head to Knott's Scary Farm in order to make your night more enjoyable.
First, make sure to buy your tickets!
Download the Knott's Scary Farm app and upload your ticket.
Read this blog post thoroughly and choose the options that look best to you. Which are you must see mazes. Which shows do you want to see and what time are they playing. Do you want to purchase a Fright & Fast Lane Pass? Are you going to get a hotel room?
Learn the stories behind each of the mazes! This way you will understand the storyline as you go through them. You can learn about each of the Scary Farm mazes here.
Download the below map and guide to your phone. Download it here. This way you can find all the mazes, scare zones, and shows easily.
Finally, Is Knott's Scary Farm Worth it?
If you like being scared and immersed in monsters and scary scenery....the YES!!! I would say the Knott's Scary Farm is 100% worth it. The mazes are very professionally done, the actors are amazing and the costumes...they are spectacular. So much work in put into all the shows, food, designs and creating the most frightening evening ever. The designers work on Scary Farm all year long...and it shows! You're going to love it.
Richard T. Reyes
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