Since it first launched in 1973, the Knott’s Scary Farm seasonal haunt has become known as the groundbreaking industry trendsetter among theme park Halloween festivities. During the event, the Southern California mainstay amusement destination Knott’s Berry Farm is overrun with creeps and ghouls of all sorts, and guests have the opportunity to make their way through numerous creepy, impressively designed mazes.
This past weekend at the 2019 Midsummer Scream Halloween and horror convention in Long Beach, Knott’s Scary Farm opted out of announcing any new mazes or scare zones, in favor of taking a deep dive behind the scenes of two returning attractions: the beloved “Dark Ride” abandoned-carnival-themed maze, and the interactive “Special Ops: Infected” zombie shooter experience, which will see its final Scary Farm season this year.
Watch Knott’s Scary Farm presentation at Midsummer Scream 2019:
During the presentation, Knott’s Berry Farm entertainment writer Jeff Tucker was joined by the park’s vice president of entertainment Ken Parks, live entertainment producer Eric Nix, and maze designers Jon Cooke, Jon Asperin, and audio designer Dan Bieranowski. The group came together to provide the audience with a detailed look at how “Dark Ride” and “Special Ops: Infected” first came together, and how they’ve both evolved for the 2019 Scary Farm season.
The #ScaryFarm Passholder Announcement Event will be held Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and may be reserved by both Knott's and Scary Farm Passholders beginning at 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 while supplies last. When available tickets can be reserved at https://t.co/kc7XX8QxVP
— Knott's Scary Farm (@knottsscaryfarm) August 5, 2019
Of course, for those who want specific details as to the other returning mazes, plus new mazes and scare zones at Knott’s Scary Farm 2019, Knott’s will be hosting its annual Announcement Event on Thursday August 29, with free reservations that night becoming available to Annual Passholders on Friday, August 9 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. This event will also be live-streamed on the official Knott’s Scary Farm Facebook page.
Knott’s Scary Farm 2019 runs from Friday, September 19 through Saturday, November 2 at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. For more information and advance ticketing resources, be sure to visit the event’s official website.
Mike serves as Laughing Place’s lead Southern California reporter, Editorial Director for Star Wars content, and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars podcast. He’s been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general since a very young age and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.