Last Saturday, my family had a not-so-spooky day at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California! We attended their annual Halloween family-friendly celebration called Knott’s Spooky Farm. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities geared for kids ages 3-11.
Families are invited to participate and join in the Halloween fun at 5 different areas within the park – Ghost Town, Calico Park, Fiesta Village, Boardwalk Ballroom and Camp Snoopy. This special limited-time event serves up live entertainment, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and exclusive festivities tailored just for little ones.
Top 6 Not-To-Miss Knott’s Spooky Farm Activities
Ghost Town Treat Stops
First, my children and their friends went trick or treating down Ghost Town. With numerous trick or treating stations along the path, they got to see friendly ghosts delivering delicious treats! Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes too.
Creepy Critters of Calico
A new addition to Knott’s Spooky Farm this year is Creepy Critters of Calico located right in the middle of Ghost Town. Vistors are invited to meet Stanley Scarecrow and get up close and personal with a wide variety of creepy critters in the Livery Stable, including a real rat!
After trick-or-treating around Ghost Town, Field Trip Girl and I spent some time in the newly remodeled Camp Snoopy. We went on several rides including The Grand Sierra Railroad, which takes riders on an adventure to find Camp Spooky and the Peanuts Gang. We also saw their newly added 2D & 3D Halloween Themed characters and effects.
Then we sat down and watched the “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” show at the Camp Spooky Theatre. At other points during the day, children are welcome to show off their best Halloween costumes and join members of the Peanuts Gang in a Peanuts Dance Party. How fun!
Timber Mountain Log Ride Halloween Hootenanny
While Field Trip Girl and I were at Camp Snoopy, Field Trip Boy and his dad went on the seasonal Timber Mountain Log Ride. Every year the citizens of the Timber Mountain invite the mysterious creatives that live out in the woods and caverns of the area to join them as they celebrate the season at the Halloween Hootenanny. The ride’s interior features new fun surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the Green Witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrith of jack-o-lanterns.
Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch
Once “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” show was over, we met back up with Field Trip Boy and his father, and visited the Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch. Here, my kids were able to paint their own pumpkins for a nominal price.
There are also several photo backgrounds throughout the Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch where parents can stop and take classic Halloween pictures of their kids. They make great holiday photos too.
The Ghastly Gallery
Finally, our last stop of the day, was a visit to The Ghastly Gallery in the Boardwalk Ballroom. My family and I played in the monstrous museum and explored spooky culture. We also had a hilarious time putting our faces in each individual monsterpiece and watching a late afternoon show in the Monsterpiece Theatre.
Dia de los Muertos
Also, when visiting Knott’s Spooky Farm, don’t forget to head over to Fiesta Village for some vibrant fun with a Dia de los Muertos non-scary, friendly, educational celebration of the season. Field Trip Girl asked me several questions about the celebration and what it specifically meant. It was a good history and cultural lesson for both of us.
Knott’s Spooky Farm Dates and Times
Knott’s Spooky Farm runs every weekend from September 30 – October 29, plus on Halloween from 10 am – 5:30 pm. Admission to Knott’s Spooky Farm is included with the price of a Knott’s Berry Farm ticket and Season Pass.
2017 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass
Oh and don’t forget! A Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass is one of the least expensive entertainment tickets in Southern California. Right now you can get a standard season pass for only 10 easy payments of $1o.22 (all ages 3+).
Plus all new 2018 Season Passholders receive one free visit this year plus $14.99 additional visits for the remainder of 2017. And Renewing Passholders receive a limited time renewal price and one free Bring-A-Friend Ticket valid any day from September 9, 2017 – December 15, 2017.
Happy Field Tripping!