It’s true, I like some creepy things and I can be a little morbid sometimes. I’ve planned out my funeral, I like to visit historically haunted places, I have put on makeup and a nightgown and crawled down the stairs to scare my brothers, and I’m associated with Zombie Walk: San Diego. BUT I hate horror movies and I hate walking through haunted mazes put on by production teams. There are two reactions I give when it comes to horror: screaming like a little bitch or putting up my fists, ready to punch whatever comes out at me. So why, being the chicken that I am, did I agree to go to the Opening Night of Knott’s Scary Farm (hashtag: #ScaryFarm) w/my friend @RichandCreamy?
The answer is simple: free. Free parking, free entrance, free dinner, open bar (THANKS KNOTT’S *wink face*). I haven’t been to Knott’s Berry Farm since I was seven, and I don’t remember it aside from Snoopy and some farm-like things. I love roller coasters, but somehow I skipped past Knott’s and just went straight to Six Flags. I had heard Knott’s had some pretty good coasters too, so why not go? I guess I just forgot about the “Scary Farm” part of it.
When Richie and I got to the Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel to check-in for the press event, we were greeted by monsters and one of my worst fears: scary, jerk clowns. My God were these clowns such jerks. I wanted to sock one of them in the face! But I guess that comes with the territory of the Scary Farm, so it’s pretty much a compliment.
A scary ghoul at the Knott’s Scary Farm press event serving guests drinks.
At 7pm, the doors opened and we stepped into the meeting hall/ballroom that was transformed into your Dream-Halloween themed high school dance. Appetizers, entrees, desserts, AND BOOZE! The presentation was spectacular – to the point where veterans of 2012′s press event were gasping and exclaiming about how well done this year’s event was. And yes, the scary monsters and clowns had followed us into the room and continued to harass us while we ate, Instagrammed, and Tweeted.
After eating and mingling, it was finally time to head out into the park to check out the haunted mazes – but not before cheesing it up w/bedtime Snoopy of course!
So happy to catch Snoopy before his bedtime!
When we finally made it to the theme park, you could sense the excitement in the air. Guests were ready to be spooked and performers definitely had their A game on for the opening night. They were ready to scare and annoy everyone in their path – those dark, foggy paths where you could easily lose your friend if you are not careful. Still mad at those brief few seconds where Richie completely disappeared in the Ghost Town!
We only had time for a few roller coasters (super fun!) and a few of the mazes, but truth be told, I was just filled with anxiety. I haven’t been through a haunted maze since I was 17 – and since the movie The Grudge, I vowed never to enter a maze again because I knew there would be copy-cat creatures trying to crawl its way at me. I suppose the performers could sense my hesitation (and willingness to punch whatever came at me) because they picked on me A LOT. I mean, it also could have been because I am small and Asian…
The best part was that Knott’s had given us Skeleton Keys – special passes that allowed you front of the line access to the mazes, and unlocked secret rooms (Skeleton Keys can be purchased along w/Fright Lane wristbands). We went to Pinocchio Unstrung, Witch’s Keep, and Black Magic. All were freaky in their own ways, but Black Magic had one of the secret rooms that was like a private tour. I’ll admit, it was pretty fun feeling like a VIP, getting our own special haunts.
Skipping to the front of the line at Black Magic and unlocking the secret door!
I’m not sure if I would ever go back to Knott’s Scary Farm again, but it was definitely an experience. I’m just chicken when it comes to these things, and I really have a problem with anxiety. But I suppose if you give me more free booze, I might be able to survive… that or it could make it worse. We’ll see about it next year. All I know is, I do not want to encounter another scary jerk-clown for the rest of this Halloween season… those guys just don’t freak me out, they annoy me like no other.