Knott’s Scary Farm: Hanging with Kenzel

Voodoo Maze Photo by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

Voodoo Maze Photo by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

Out again hanging with my 13-year-old cousin, Kenzel. This time we hit Knott’s Scary Farm. Although I’ve been to the regular Farm, I had never been to Scary Farm. We started out with the “Boo Fest” buffet. We weren’t aware that it closed at 7 p.m., and we got there just in a nick of time. It was a big buffet: fried chicken (of course), roast beef, turkey, pasta, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, various salads and other goodies. Did I say there was dessert: carrot cake, apple pie, and cookies. They also gave you a sport type cup for soda, etc. which was refillable for free – that night only – at various food stands around the park.

We got spooked just as we were leaving the buffet. A ghoul carrying a head roared up behind us causing screams galore. One of my work friends had actually warned me about that, but I forgot. As he also told me that if you react the creatures will just follow-up and try to up the scare level. That was true.

We started out with the Halloween mazes. You walk through a maze with various thing hanging down, slapping your face, right before a ghoul jumps out with you with a growl or scream. Kenzel rubbed the heads of various spooky diners at a dinner table, when the last one suddenly jumped up with a roar. Scared the $#!+ out of us. The absolutely best maze was the “Tooth Fairy” – I know people who are freaked out about teeth, and let’s just say they would have died in there.

Some of the roller coasters and other rides were open, so you could take various rides between mazes.  The only thing that turned me off was that some people were smoking cigarettes in the park, which didn’t sit well with me. I thought it was illegal to smoke in public places, but maybe not at Knott’s Scary Farm or in Orange County.

We lucked out because a KSF worker told us that they had been sold out the night before. It was a school night, so maybe that explains it, but most lines moved fairly quickly. Thankfully, there were various benches throughout the park where you could rest your tired bones. There was a “Fast Lane” pass you could buy for $35.00 person that we did not get. Since it was a school night, Kenzel was going to turn into a pumpkin at 10 PM, so we left early, although the park was open until 1 am.

I got discounted tickets online, but the costs for three people including parking ($20.00) and the Boo Fest was about $250.00.  We had a good time, so it was worth it.

Photos by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

Knott’s Scary Farm
Open through October 31st

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays: 7PM – 1AM
Fridays & Saturdays: 7PM – 2AM
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620
Not recommended for children under 13.


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