The Horror Honeys: Knott's Berry Farm Unleashes Kid Friendly Ghoulish Fun!

Knott's Berry Farm Unleashes Kid Friendly Ghoulish Fun!

A Monster Honey Spooky Adventure by Jennica

It's that time of year again, guys and ghouls! Unlike us horror addicts who celebrate the macabre every day, now is the time when normal humans join in our fun with festivities everywhere throughout the month. And during this delightfully horrific holiday season, there isn't anywhere that I would rather be than right here in freak-infested Los Angeles. The Southern California horror community takes their haunts and frights seriously with major attractions such as Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, the Queen Mary Dark Harbor, and Knott's Scary Farm as well as film festivals all around such as Beyond Fest and Shriekfest to celebrate creepy spectacles old and new. 

While many of these Halloween season attractions are highly intense immersive experiences and are in no way recommended for children, Knott's Berry Farm has stepped up to the plate to accommodate the horror fanatics with tiny monsters trailing behind them. On October 3rd, the park unleashed Knott's Spooky Farm, a family friendly daytime version of their annual nightly haunt, which will give kids a chance to get their monster mash on and collect festive treats every weekend of this month. Each section of the park contains activities for your little goblins to celebrate all things scary and imaginative. And last Saturday, your Monster Honey's inner child came out to Knott's to play.

Monster Honey's inner child also laughs at #buttstuff.
After spending some time on the road, my first goal upon entering the park was to satisfy the monster growling from within my stomach. And what better place to gather goodies than the treat stops scattered about the Ghost Town of the ol' west? If you're roaming around Ghost Town, come hungry and don't forget your sweet tooth! 

Trick 'r treat!
The undead can be found on every corner in full makeup and costume ready for photo opportunities with the park's mini monster guests. And some ghosts and ghouls might even have candy for the kids that haven't yet reached their daily sugar quota (sorry, parents). I began my day at Spooky Farm with a glazed boysenberry donut of an obnoxious proportion from the spiderweb-covered Ghost Town Bakery. Of course, I had to keep up with the kiddies on my sugar high, so it was only necessary to end the day with a big bag of candy corn, the only corn that I need in my diet during the Halloween season.

All the noms! All of them!
Hundreds of grams of sugar and several rollercoasters later, it was time to get back to work... or, rather, play. On my way to Fiesta Plaza, however, I ran into some strange characters: a swaggering mummy and a wicked witch. I reluctantly inched closer to them to get a better look only to discover that this spooky duo were none other than my pals, Charlie Brown and Lucy. Their costumes earned the Monster Honey seal of approval, also known as a thumbs up. 

Good grief, Charlie Brown!
Finally making my way over to Fiesta Plaza, I happened upon the Spooky Hollow Maze where I strolled through an eerie forest surrounded by enormormous jack-o-lanterns, a headless horseman, hairy spiders, and more. The maze offers a number of opportunities for photos next to your favorite childhood creatures. In addition to the sights that the maze has to show, kids and adults alike can get creepy and creative by painting and decorating their very own pumpkin to take home and scare the neighbors.

Enter... if you dare!
Once I made it out of the Spooky Hollow Maze alive, I hurried over to Camp Snoopy Theater for a live stage production called Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown which included performances by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy himself and was hosted by their overly perky friend J.T. Although I was apprehensive at first, thinking that the performance was a little corny and "just silly kid stuff," I have to admit that the singing and dancing instilled a gleeful feeling even in this monster. Charlie Brown and his Peanuts crew danced the night away to slightly updated renditions of "The Monster Mash," "Ghostbusters," The Addams Family theme, as well as a neatly choreographed "Thriller." A highlight of the Knott's Spooky Farm experience, the show provides fun for the little ones and a pleasant walk down memory lane for adults.

Something spooky's lurking...
Knott's Spooky Farm offers a full day of attractions and activities for guests of all ages to enjoy together. However, many of these festivities occur at the same time and are spread out across the park. So, if you have young monsters with you tugging at your hands and continuously asking the million dollar question "Are we there yet?," it's going to feel like quite a journey from one event to the next. I, myself, was trekking across the park child-free and it still felt like a fierce workout between points of interest in the Southern California heat.

Overall, the new family friendly fun in the sun offered by Knott's during the Halloween season is not to be missed. Whether you're a parent or guardian or just a child at heart, Knott's Spooky Farm is sure to entertain with its dozens of tricks and treats. Knott's Spooky Farm will be open to the public every weekend through October. For more information on the seasonal events and attractions or to purchase tickets to the park, head over to www.knotts.com/spookyfarm. 

Y'all come back now, ya hear?
Have you experienced the friendly frights at Knott's Spooky Farm? 
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