Knott’s Camp Spooky 2013

Camp Spooky logo with KnottsIt’s that time of year again…time to dress up, collect some sweets, and have a spooky (or not-so-spooky) good time. Knott’s Berry Farm is once again hosting Camp Spooky, a daytime, non-scare Halloween celebration at its Camp Snoopy kids’ activity zone during weekends in October.

Included in the theme park admission fee, a day at Camp Spooky includes:

  • “Snoopy’s Costume Contest,” where kids show off their costumes as they join a fun group of monsters and the PEANUTS characters in a parade through Camp Spooky.
  • “Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show”, in the Camp Spooky theater, which will have you singing and dancing to all your favorite Halloween tunes.
  • The Monster Factory, an interactive maze where the little ones create the things that go bump in the night.
  • Five trick-or-treating locations where kids can fill their complimentary goodie bags with sweet treats.
  • A “Creepy Crawly Critter Cave,” where Knott’s park naturalists will amaze with slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters.
  • “Scary Stories at the Lodge,” where master story tellers will spin the craziest, creepiest, silliest tales this side of the “Great Pumpkin Patch”.
  • “Kooky Cookie Painting” where you can decorate a cookie (for a small fee) with fun Halloween colors.

RT KBF Camp Spooky 12-6748Camp Spooky runs weekends October 5-27 and is included with regular park admission.  Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park, located at 8039 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, is open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.  For more information, call (714) 220-5200 or visit  www.knotts.com.

Thank you to GigaSavvy for the Knott’s connection!

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Knott’s Scary Farm

Do you love spooky, creepy, and spine-tingling thrills? Have we got a scare for you! This year Knott’s Berry Farm is celebrating their 40th annual Halloween Haunt, in which the whole park is transformed at nighttime into “Knott’s Scary Farm.”

What’s so scary about an amusement park? As soon as you head in, your eyes start trying to focus in the dark amid all sorts of creepy fog effects and lighting. Inside you have a choice of 13 different terrifying mazes and 9 scary shows, plus some of the regular rides that are tricked out with extra-ghoulish features. Then, just when you think you’re safe, there are a whole bunch of creepy characters who pop out at you from every corner throughout the park. At one point walking down the pathway we thought we were looking at a ghostly statue, until she suddenly sprang to live and started chasing people down the path. Yikes!

The Halloween Haunt is a special ticket event not covered by regular Knott’s Berry Farm admission or a Knott’s Season Pass. Ticket prices are $36 – $52 pre-sale online and $60 on the day of event. For “Trapped,” Knott’s reservation-only, interactive maze , the cost is $60 per reservations with up to 6 guests per party. If you want to get a jump on the evening, you can sign up for the pre-haunt “Boo-fet” (prices starting at $21.95) before the Haunt opens for the night.

So what’s inside the scary attractions? We had a chance to sample a few:

Trick or Treat – This is a classic haunted house, in which each room of the “house” has something ready to jump out and terrify you. Try not to be the person who is asked to sit at the dining room table (like I did…and nearly jumped six feet in the air!).

Dominion of the Dead – Is is possible to have a soothing haunted house? This one is eerie in a dreamlike way, with the ethereally haunting music to match. To give you an extra shiver up your spine, some of the costumed actors reach out and tickle you lightly with a feather.

Delirium – All of your creepiest and grossest nightmares come to life in this haunted house. Cockroaches, slimy bugs, walking over dead bodies, squeezing through tight spaces…this one’s got it all.

Dia de los Muertos – This “Day of the Dead”-themed attraction is eerie in a fun house sort of way. Brightly colored creatures pop out at you from every corner and at one point you have to feel your way through a room filled with hanging skeletons. Don’t forget those 3-D glasses for an added effect!

End Games – Do you like your haunted houses sick, twisted, and bloody? Great! This one’s for you! Think chainsaws, grinders, torture…Plus, if you’re too scared to visit, you can also get your thrills watching other people get scared out of their minds. Check out Endgames Live! on Livestream during Haunt hours.

The Haunt is open from now through Halloween on Friday/Saturday nights from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, and Thursday/Sunday nights from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am. Regular park admissions close after 5:30 pm on Haunt days. Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park CA 90620.

Knott’s Berry Farm treated us to an evening at Knott’s Scary Farm; we did not receive compensation. All photos courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Halloween on the Hub

Looking for some good spooky fun for your kids this weekend? There is so much going on in the South Bay it’s hard to contain it all. Check out this list from the Daily Breeze, this list from South Bay Foodies, and this list from the Beach Reporter. You’ll find haunted houses, a flash mob, and of course a pumpkin race.

But when your kids are ready to chill out and enjoy some Halloween thrills at home, this is a great weekend for kid-oriented Halloween viewing. Throughout the weekend, HubTV (formerly Discovery Kids) will launch special Halloween-themed episodes of its regular programming. Our kids had a chance to preview some of the shows this week, so we’re confident in saying they are kid-tested with two thumbs up.

Photo via HubTV

For the younger set, “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” will premiere on Saturday morning at 7am (Pacific time). The Halloween-themed episode “Luna Eclipsed” centers on the Ponyville celebration of Nightmare Night. The celebrations are in full swing when Princess Luna comes to Ponyville determined to change her frightening public image. Both girls and boys alike (our littlest boy watched it with utter fascination) will enjoy the colorful and detailed (can we say sparkly?) animation.

Photo via HubTV

For kids ages 7 and up, an all-new episode of “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series,” will premiere on Saturday night at 2 pm (Pacific time). Frankie Jonas (“Jonas” TV series) and Kacey Rohl (“The Killing”) guest star in “Pumpkinhead,” a new Halloween-themed episode that follows three siblings as they visit a spooky pumpkin patch. The patch’s sinister farmer seems to have more tricks than treats in store for the kids in this spooky (but not TOO spooky) episode. It’ll give your tweens just the right amount of goosebump-y thrills.

For more info, and for other games and videos, see www.hubworld.com

Blogger disclosure, a.k.a. the fine print: I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.