Snoopy’s Costume Party

When most people think of Knott’s Berry Farm at Halloween they think about the super-scary Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. But kids ages 3 to 11 can enjoy their own special Halloween fun at  Snoopy’s Costume Party in Camp Snoopy (known throughout Halloween as “Camp Spooky”).  

Snoopy’s Costume Party, which runs on weekends in October, offers loads of special non-scary treats for the littlest one in your family (don’t forget to bring them in costume!). As soon as kids arrive, they can get special trick-or-treat bags and a series of clues to lead them through the “Spookie Ookie Scavenger Hunt” for Halloween treats. (Your reading-aged kids will enjoy following the clues and trying to think them through; your littlest ones might just make a beeline for the trick-or-treat stops because they aren’t hard to find.)

 

At Grizzly Peak Lodge, they can enjoy silly stories in front of the “fire” and they can take part in special Halloween cookie decorating. There’s also plenty of fun waiting for them in the Great Pumpkin Hay Bale Maze, a maze that’s not too tricky or scary, and at the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave, where a naturalist will show them all sorts of slithery little critters.

In the afternoon, they can take part in Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Parade as they march through Camp Spooky and compete for special prizes. All of this is included in regular admission prices – and don’t forget that they can enjoy the rest of the park while they’re there too.

Snoopy’s Costume Party at Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm, weekends in October from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park 90620

Blogger disclosure: Knott’s treated us to a morning at Camp Spooky to enjoy Snoopy’s Costume Party with our kids.

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.