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.
Our Knott’s Spooky Farm Overview
Knott’s Spooky Farm is a daytime Halloween event that takes place on weekends 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.
Dates and Hours
Knott’s Spooky Farm takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. 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.
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 Single Day Any Day Ticket to attend. Tax is included, and there are no extra fees. You'll save $33 over the front gate price. Ribbit, ribbit!
Entertainment at Knott's Spooky Farm
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 Birdcage Theatre — Watch talented puppeteers put on a spooky puppet show. We especially loved the skeletons under blacklight.
Dia de los Muertos Vivir! At Fiesta Plaza Stage — Hola! Come celebrate this colorful Mexican holiday by watching a musical show that pays tribute to Hispanic culture and traditions. See colorful costumes, face paint and dancing. Remember that we are all skeletons inside.
Halloween Fun 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. Here's a look at Ghost Town Halloween fun.
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.
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).
Trick-or-Treat in Ghost Town Streets — 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.
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!
Special Rides Available at Knott's Spooky Farm
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?
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.
Meet Peanut Characters Throughout the Day at Knott's Spooky Farm
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.
Food at Knott's Spooky Farm
Knott’s always has all of the yummy good stuff. You can stuff your face with special Halloween treats such as Mummy dogs at Fiesta Dogs, candy corn parfait, Bobbing for Apples macaron and a special Midnight Murderous funnel cake (you can see a pic in our Knott's Scary Farm guide) and more. You can find the menu on the app. Scary Farm menu items are also available to eat during the day. Our absolute favorite treat for theming and taste was the green Witch's finger Matcha shake from Coasters Diner with a finger cookie. The macaron was pretty tasty too!
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!).
Knott's Spooky Farm Tips
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.
- 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 and characters in the app.
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