This week fans of Knott’s Scary Farm got exactly what they’ve been wanting since the event ended last year. What’s happening in 2016! During a large-scale Press/AP preview event hosted by Jeff Tucker (who else?), the curtains of terror were revealed and we have our official line-up for Knott’s Scary Farm 2016.
What’s NEW for 2016:
- Black Ops: Infected: While the theme and concept of Infected is not new on the farm, this experience will be completely new and built from the ground up. While Special Ops took place primarily throughout Camp Snoopy, this version is being housed in an actual maze type structure as well as backstage behind the park. In the former location of the ‘Forevermore’ maze, Black Ops introduces close-quarter company in a faux city built specifically for this event. In addition, a wait time reservation is no longer required. Since it’s more of a standard maze, you just queue up and start blastin’ zombines away.
- Shadow Land: From the newest designer at Knott’s Scary Farm, Jon Cooke (creator of Infected and Paranormal Inc) brings us into the world of Fuedal Japan in Shadow Lands. The story is that of a Samurai who’s come back from the dead to restore his family’s honor and kill those who disgraced him in his life, in what will undoubtedly be a visually stunning maze. Creatures from Japanese folk-lore will also be roaming his very bloody path back to honor.
- The Red Barn: From Gus Krueger and Daniel Miller, comes The Red Barn. A maze inspired by 1970s slasher films appropriately. Take a trip to a blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the Red Barn gore maze. Legend has it the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature that sends his sadistic sons to ensure his legacy. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter never escape.
Also new for 2016 are the Skeleton Key room experiences. Much like Infected, Skeleton Key rooms are not new to the farm, but what they’re doing this year is completely unprecidented. Each Skeleton Key room will no longer be attached to a maze. It’ll be a completely independent standalone “escape room” type experience.
Slasher: Guests are invited to step into an 80s slasher horror film. The masked Angel Maker Killer is on the loose. Every lead has run cold and that’s when you step into the picture. Will you become his next victim?
Prey: Navigate a hay maze full of dead ends with only a faulty lantern as your guide. You are not alone. Mutant beasts are lurking around every corner.
Visions: Guests must investigate the Green Witch Museum in Ghost Town where it is not the building that is haunted, but the various items contained within. Using a Phantom Finder augmented reality device, guests will be able to identify and witness paranormal activity connected to items from the Sarah Marshall Witch Trial.
ZOZO: People from all over the world claim to have been visited by the demon ZOZO after a spirit board session. Is the demonic entity known as ZOZO real or are spirit boards just a myth.
The Hollow (Scarezone): In addition we were also revealed a brand new scare zone, for the first time in many years. The Hollows will occupy the location of Infected in Camp Snoopy and bring back the jack o’lantern, scare crows and everything terrifying about the Halloween season into the grounds of Camp Snoopy. From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves.
Now that we’ve talked about what’s new in 2016, let’s talk about what’s returning starting with the returning mazes for 2016.
PARANORMAL, INC – The Haunting of Hayden Hill: Last year’s groundbreaking Paranormal Inc. maze will return to Knott’s Scary Farm this year. Featuring high flying aerial stunts and scares, guests investigate a haunted hospital where the patients were tortured for decades by deranged doctors and nurses. Demonic spirits of the murdered victims have been detected throughout the mysterious halls, while evil medical staff prowl for new patients to torture.
The Dead of Winter – Wendigo’s Revenge: Deep in the frozen tundra, the realm of a treacherous snow queen has been usurped by her evil minion, the horrific wendigo. She may be dead, but her evil spell hasn’t been lifted: The dead cannibals have risen from their snowy graves as hungry creatures feast on the surrounding villages. During the chaos, the queen’s prized possession, the horrific wendigo, has seized control of her throne, ready to prey upon any unsuspecting visitors who enter the borders of its icy domain.
Trick-or-Treat: Take a brave step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell… trick or treat, which will it be? After surviving her grisly welcome, wander in to the Green Witch’s never before seen potion room and bewitched attic. But don’t leave too soon; you’re the special guest at the Green Witch’s deadly dinner party where she and her menacing Tricksters await your arrival.
The Tooth Fairy: This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the massive tooth fairy, himself. Say aahhh.
Voodoo – Order of the Serpent: The haunting legend of Papa Legba continues as guests follow him on his foreboding journey to conjure the serpent demon goddess in the outskirts of New Orleans. Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes.
The Gunslinger’s Grave – A Blood Moon Rises: Deadly howls and a full blood moon mark your impending doom as werewolves overrun the crime stricken old west town. Walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path of retribution against the Skinwalkers.
That leaves us with shows and returning scarezones! This year promices to be a great year with show’s as The Hanging and Elivra both return with their large scale shows.
The Hanging®: Finding Gory – A live stage show in Calico Square irreverently looks back at the year’s pop culture with killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics and high-flying stunts, The Hanging is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must see parody.
- Elvira’s Danse Macrbre: The mistress of the dark returns for yet another year at Knott’s Scary Farm! While not much is known about this year’s show, it’s safe to assume it’ll be dirty, raunchy, sexy and hilarious.
That leaves us with the returning scarezones, Knott’s Scary Farm is far more than a collection of haunted attractions. Every night monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into murderous scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm. Ghost Town Streets is the original and largest, most terrifying scare zone that started it all. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog, while the notoriously startling sliders, lunge from every fog-filled corner of the land. Fiesta De Los Muertos fuses dance music, colorful costumes, and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone. It’s the ultimate late night celebration of Dia de los Muertos. On the Boardwalk, clowns crave your undying attention in the CarnEVIL scare zone. New this season, the Hollow scare zone will terrorize guests as the ominous Headless horseman prowls the fog-filled streets along with his army of the undead, treacherously blending into the shadowy night as they frighten all whom they encounter. You can also expect to see The Deadly Seven lurking through the fog this year in each terrorizing guests and monsters alike.
That does it for this look at Knott’s Scary Farm 2016’s full Halloween Haunt lineup!
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