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Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm

by Mommy Frog on October 10, 2022 6 Los Angeles

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Knott’s Berry Farm was the first theme park to hold a Halloween event back in the early 1970s. Perhaps you’ve heard of Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt? It’s quite terrifying — but wait! There is a much tamer daytime family Halloween event at Knott’s Berry Farm, and our toddler, Lily, can tag along. Knott’s Spooky Farm offers all of the Halloween fall fun without the scares.

Lucy witch

Overview of Knott’s Spooky Farm

Knott’s Spooky Farm is a daytime Halloween event that takes place at Knott's Berry farm during select days of fall. The event is part of normal operating theme park hours and is geared toward ages 3 to 11.

Families can join in some slightly wicked fun with Halloween décor and not-so-scary surprises around every corner. There are sweet eats, special ride overlays, Halloween-themed entertainment and more. Plus the whole family can dress in costume. Our tadpoles always jump at the chance to dress up, especially Lily. The Peanuts characters wear costumes too!

Keep in mind that there are still some decorations up from Scary Farm, but they are mostly pumpkins, skeletons and spider webs, which don't seem as spooky in the light of day. But all of the gory stuff and monsters are safely out of sight.

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Peanuts Characters Wear Halloween Costumes

Knott's Spooky Farm Dates, Tickets and Hours

Knott’s Spooky Farm gets more days in 2022! It takes place on Thursdays through Sundays, plus Halloween from opening to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, 2022. It takes place Halloween day and usually Oct. 10 for the holiday. You’ll be safely out of the park and working off your sugar rush before the real monsters emerge at 7 p.m. for Knott's Scary Farm. We recommend arriving at park opening for the lowest crowds.

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Spooky Farm Decorations

The best part about Knott's Spooky Farm is that it's included with your regular theme park ticket and takes place during normal park hours in daylight. Did you know that we have hopped into selling discount Knott's Berry Farm tickets? You'll want the Season 4, Single Day Any Day Ticket to attend. Or you can get a Monday through Thursday ticket if you plan to visit on a Thursday to save some green over the weekend ticket. You'll save up to $32 over the front gate price if you visit on a Thursday and save $25 on the weekend. Ribbit, ribbit! 

Knott's Spooky Farm Special Entertainment

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Lucy and Linus appear in a show

There are several shows to watch. Check the show schedule on the Knott’s Berry Farm app to plan out your day. Arrive at least 20 minutes early to get a seat.

Great Pumpkin Palooza at Camp Snoopy Theatre — This is where you’ll get more than a rock. It’s a high-energy music tribute to one of the best holidays ever, featuring Snoopy, Lucy and Linus. Spooky can be fun!

Bob Baker Marionettes at the Bird Cage Theatre — Watch talented puppeteers put on a spooky puppet show. We especially loved the skeletons under blacklight.

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm- Child in costume poses with decorated pumpkinKNOT Radio — Get caught up on the latest spooky tunes and Halloween hoppenings with thee wacky DJs on The Boardwalk.

Pumpkin Patch — We all know Linus spends most of his Halloween in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin. You can spend some time in the Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch by decorating a cookie ($5) or personalizing a mini jack-o-lantern ($6 to $8).

Meet Creepy Critters of Calico — Stop by the Livery Stable to meet spiders, bugs, snakes and other creepy crawlies that we frogs sometimes refer to as snacks. Just kidding! The albino scorpions were toadally cool. We also got a glimpse of the skeleton horse (OK, the bones were just painted on the horse). It's worth hopping by to meet some new animal friends. You can even pet or hold some of them!

Knott's Spooky Farm Character Greetings and Rides

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Guests in Costume meet Snoopy

You'll find Peanuts characters out from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Beagle Scout Headquarters. Be sure to look for other Knott's characters around the park as well. You can find them at the Costume Cavalcade and Great Pumpkin Palooza.

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Look for Halloween elements on the train ride in Camp Spooky

While all of the rides are open for Knott's Spooky Farm, a few rides take you on a special trip during this time.

Take a Train Trip to Camp Spooky — All aboard! Hop on the Grand Sierra Railroad for an adventure on A Trip to Camp Spooky with the Peanuts gang. Can you spy 2D and 3D Halloween characters and effects on your journey?

 Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Cotton candy lines the exit to the Calico Mine Train

Take a Sweet Ride on Calico Candy Mine Ride — This ride mysteriously transforms from silver ore to pure candy every Halloween.

Halloween Hootenanny — The Timber Mountain Log Ride has Halloween decorations (and possibly an alien encounter) on this family-friendly, splashtastic classic ride.

Costumes at Knott's Spooky Farm

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Kids pose in Ghost Town

The whole family can dress up for Knott's Spooky Farm! Since it is a daytime event, be sure your costume works with the weather so you don't get too hot or you might get some cranky boils and ghouls in your skeleton crew. Choose family-friendly costumes that are not too scary for the tadpoles.

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Peanuts characters lead a Halloween costume cavalcade

Show off your costumes in the Town Costume Cavalcade. Join the Calico Mayor and Cameo Kate as you show off your costume in the colossal cavalcade led by costumed Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus and Lucy. It takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Trick-or-Treating in Ghost Town at Knott's Spooky Farm

You just might spot some actual pretend ghosts in Ghost Town this time of year. Don't worry! They are friendly and hand out candy. Head down to the Gold Mine Trail, where guests can find an additional place to trick-or-treat, play carnival games (for a fee) and taste ghoulishly delightful treats.

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Girl trick or treats in Ghost Town

We can never get enough trick-or-treating. But it’s extra fun to collect candy from friendly scarecrows and neighborhood ghouls on Schoolhouse Rd. and Ghost Town Main St. We received Airheads, Twizzlers, M&Ms, Skittles, Charleston Chews and more. Kids 12 and under receive an orange treat bag upon entering the park and do not need to bring their own.

Knott's Spooky Farm Food

Knott’s always has all of the yummy good stuff. You can stuff your face with special Halloween treats (you can see more pics in our Knott's Scary Farm guide) and more. You can find the menu in the  Knott's berry Farm app. Scary Farm menu items are also available to eat during the day.

Keep in mind that food lines get scary long. Hop in line early for lunch before you get hangry mummies. Grizzly Creek Lodge in Camp Snoopy, I mean Camp Spooky, opens earlier than other restaurants and has all the tadpole faves. Boardwalk BBQ and Panda Express have faster lines than some other options. We also love the Ghost Town Grill table-service restaurant. It's not more expensive than the quick-service locations and is a lot more relaxing (and not to mention yummy!).

Here's a look at all the fun 2022 Halloween foods. These are available during both Knott's Spooky Farm and Knott's Scary Farm.

Grizzly Creek Lodge

  • Bratty Bratwurst and Sauerkraut on a Bun
  • The Hollow's Chicken and Hatch Chili Pizza Pie
  • Frankenstein Crispy Treat
  • M&M's Halloween Cookie

Fiesta Booth

  • Cupra Nacho Hot Dog
  • Pumpkin Eater Pina Colada Cocktail


  • Decomposing Cool Ranch Taco

Boardwalk BBQ

  • Cauldron's BBQ Beef Barbacoa Sandwich
  • Ghoul's Beer Mac and cheese with Steak Bites
  • Spooky Crabby Sushi Roll
  • Canine Candy Corn Macaron
  • M&M's Trifle Dirt Cup
  • Canine Candy Corn Macaron
  • Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs
  • Frankenstein Crispy Treat

Coaster's Diner

  • Scary Sausage and Veggie Sub
  • Anger Autumn Salad with butternut squash, beets, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese and arugula (we love this healthy choice).
  • Spiders Strawberry Milkshake

Prop Shop Pizzeria 

  • Chaos Cheeseburger Pizza
  • The Hollow's Chicken and Hatch Chili Pizza Pie
  • Derby Chocolate Pie

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm-Halloween Cookiewich

Chow House

  • Halloween M&M Cookiewich
  • Black Widow Lemonade (Desert Pear and Pomegranate)

Charleston Circle Coffee

  • Canine Candy Corn Macaron
  • Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs
  • M&M's Trifle Dirt Cup
  • Chai Pumpkin Latte Whoopie Pie

Gourmet Churro Factory

  • Zombie Brain Mint Brownie Stuffed Churro

Log Ride Funnel Cake

  • Perilous Pumpkin Cheesecake Funnel Cake

Strictly on a Stick

  • Creepy Calamari on a Stick

Wilderness Broiler

  • Witches Fingers with Cubano Flavors

Ghost Town Grub

  • "Murder Us" S'more Funnel Cake

Sutter's Pizza 

  • Chaos Cheeseburger Pizza

Sutter's Grill

  • Mexican Chorizo and Garlic Shrimp Burger

Sutter's Funnel Cake

  • Bonkers Bananas Foster Funnel Cake

Calico Tater Bites

  • Frighten Philly Choose Tater Tots

Ghost Town Bakery

  • Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Themed Cookies and capcakes
  • Jack-O-Lantern Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs
  • Candy Corn Macaron
  • Spooky Crabby Sushi Roll

Wagon Wheel Pizza

  • Chicken and Spicy Sausage Gumbo with Frog Legs
  • The Hollow's Chicken and Hatch Chili Pizza Pie

Gold Mine Trail Booths

  • Fearsome Footlong Hot Dog
  • M&M's Trifle Dirt Cup
  • Spooky Crabby Sushi Roll
  • Chilling Chicken Tamales with Chili and Cheese (we were told these may be only for Scary Farm)
  • Cheeky Cheesy Mac
  • Pretzels and churros

Knott's Spooky Farm Tips

Our Not-So-Scary Guide to Knott’s Spooky Farm - Kids dress in Star Wars costumes

Here's our advice to make your day at Knott's Spooky Farm terrific instead of terrifying:

  • Choose a costume that is comfortable for walking around the park and rides.
  • Check the weather to dress appropriately.
  • Visit on a Thursday or Friday for the lowest crowds and food lines.
  • Arrive early. The early frog gets the flies (and shortest lines). We recommend being there at the opening time.
  • Hit as many rides as you can before the crowds thicken by noon.
  • Arrive with a full belly. Food lines can get scary long.
  • Bring water and refillable bottles to stay hydrated.
  • Find showtimes, foods and characters in the app.

Keep in mind that Knott's Berry Farm has a chaperone policy in effect. You can find the most up-do-date information on the Knott's Code of Conduct page.

Will you be heading to Knott's Spooky Farm this year? What is your favorite part? Don't pay scary prices to visit. Save with discount Knott's Berry Farm tickets from Undercover Tourist.  

Related: The Full Lineup of Beary-Good Knott's Berry Farm Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 27, 2022 at 9:15 p.m. Maggie Chase (pk) Says...

These posts are so very helpful! I am researching Knott's Berry Farm for a school assignment and I have used your posts so much! Thanks!

Oct 27, 2022 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We're so glad you've found the blog to be hopful, Maggie! Thanks for hopping by :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 27, 2022 at 9:08 p.m. mary Says...

why don't you have anything on camp snoopy at knott's

Nov 1, 2022 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

We have a post about tips for Knott's Berry Farm with kids, which includes Camp Snoopy, but we don't have a full guide to Camp Snoopy — thanks for hopping by! We love taking suggestions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 27, 2022 at 9:05 p.m. jo Says...

i love your guides they are so helpful

Oct 27, 2022 at 4:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for hopping by, Jo!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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