Fall is here. Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning and monsters are roaming the park at night. If you are a first timer or even a seasoned scary farm attendee, here are some tips and tricks to help you have a successful first or repeat visit to the scariest place on earth.
Try to Attend on a Thursday or Sunday Night
While Knott’s Scary Farm runs every weekend through the month of October (Thursday-Sunday), the haunt is extremely packed on Fridays and Saturdays. By attending on a Thursday or a Sunday you can make the most out of your visit by seeing the mazes, shows and even the Scare Zones. Buy your tickets online in advance as some days at Scary Farm sell out. And you don’t want to be a sad Zombie do you?
Save Money and Time By Attending The Boo-Fet
The Boo-Fet allows you to eat a buffet-style dinner at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel. It’s $32 online and after you eat, you are allowed to enter Scary Farm 30 minutes earlier than the general public! That means you can go on between 2-4 Haunt mazes/attractions before the front gates open and before the rope drop! Not only that, you can eat a really full dinner which will save you a little bit of cash inside the park. The food lines tend to back-up and that can cause you to lose precious time at the mazes.
Consider getting a Fright/Fast Lane Pass
Are you wondering if the Fright Lane pass is worth it? Well, it depends on when you plan to visit. If you are coming on a Thursday, chances are you won’t need one (30 min waits). Coming on a Friday or Saturday? You most definitely will want one if you can afford it. Even Sundays get pretty crowded. Without one, be prepared for a 60-120 min wait time or more. Fright lane passes are highly recommended those days and will be money well spent. Attendance is lower early in the beginning of October and peaks by the second weekend of October. Your time and sanity are worth it!
Another option is to purchase the Knott’s Scary Farm Pass which allow you to go to every night of Scary Farm! Hurry, only limited quantities are available. This is a great option if you don’t want to stress about cramming everything into 1 night.
Know What Mazes You Want To Do Before You Arrive
You know the saying “time is precious, waste it wisely”? This totally applies to Scary Farm. Be ready to hit the ground running when you arrive. That means you should research the mazes you want to do first or those mazes you do not want to miss. You can read all about the mazes here and you can find a map of the park here. Know in advance exactly where they are located so you have a good sense of direction when you get there.
My favorite mazes were Red Barn and The Depths. Here are walkthroughs of both mazes:
Have a Backup Plan
If you get to a maze line and it's too long for you to want to wait in, don’t worry. There is a slew of shows to see and rides to go on. During Knott’s Scary Farm there are multiple rides open with 4 of them operating in the dark. (GhostRider, Sierra Sidewinder, Silver Bullet, Jaguar). HangTime will have a special lighting scheme just for Scary Farm with timed show moments. Fright/Fast Lane includes priority access to all mazes and select rides.
FunPix will capture all of the fun moments during your visit so you don’t have to be BEHIND the camera. If you are a first timer to Knott’s Scary Farm you might be overwhelmed with the amount of things to do and see so FunPix is good for memories! The photographers always do a really good job and the ride photos are hilarious!
Treat Your Sweet Tooth
There are so many delicious treats this year. My two favorites are the candy apples and the candy corn funnel cake. For a full list of all the treats available visit Family Review Guide for items and locations.
Stay the Night at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel
Knott’s Scary Farm doesn’t end until 1am/2am in the morning and driving home after a night of screaming and running sounds exhausting. Consider staying the night at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel It’s just steps away from the park and nightmares are guaranteed. There are 3 Knott's Scary Farm hotel packages you can choose from.
**Extra Berry Blogger Tip #1: Try to find the nightly funeral procession near Forsaken Lake. This is when the undead spirits will all line up for a spooky funeral procession.
**Extra Berry Blogger Tip #2: The recommended age for Scary Farm is 13+, so if you have a teenager with you, know in advance that The Hanging show is no holds barred. It has a lot of strong/crass language so just be prepared.
**Extra Berry Blogger Tip #3: Bring a portable charger for your phone. With so many photo ops and memories to be made the last thing you want is a dead battery. Trust me, your battery will drain quickly. And when you post don’t forget to use the hashtag #scaryfarm
**Extra Berry Blogger Tip #4: Forgo the flip-flops and wear sneakers! Between rides and running from Monsters you are going to want to be wearing something comfortable and that will stay on your feet. If your flip flops break (and they do) you will be walking the park barefoot or trying to buy a new pair of shoes.