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By Kevin Yee
It's getting to be time for Knott's "Scary" Farm and the Halloween Haunt. If you're local to Southern California (and maybe even if you aren't), then you've heard this before. They refer to the annual tradition, going back some 29 years, of transforming Knott's Berry Farm into a Halloween- themed park in the autumn evenings, redolent with fog effects, monsters done up in makeup that try to startle you on the streets.
And of course those "mazes": warehouse- sized buildings that are not mazes at all, but rather a single pathway through a series of rooms where visitors come face to face with horrific, startling, scary, or downright gross scenes. It's not for the faint of heart. Or rather, maybe it is - this is well-known as a date- night hangout.
No need to be *too* scared, though. The performers don't touch you. Oh yes, those are live performers. Over 1,000 of them (wow!) in fact. They inhabit the mazes, hide in otherwise non- threatening attractions throughout the park and wait to spook you, or they wander the streets and do their best to scare the pants off you. Some of them don skateboard kneepads and slide at you from great distances, occasionally generating a good deal of sparks.
Naturally there's the headlining talent, in the form of Elvira and the Crypt Keeper. Let me just give you the rundown:
Five new mazes
Five returning mazes
Three new shows
Three returning shows
Plus, the add on packages...
Frequently asked questions...
Knott's Berry Farm
This is the nation's oldest theme park. It includes 165 attractions in multiple themed areas such as Calico Ghost Town, Mexican Village, Indian Trails, The Boardwalk and Camp Snoopy. (714) 220-5200
Hard Rock Cafe
One in a chain of 104 Hard Rock Cafes around the world. You are paying for the honor of sitting under the autographs of rock stars. The highlight of the decor is the garish suit worn by Prince in the film "Purple Rain." (714) 640-8844
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Watch "knights" engage in jousting and other forms of mortal combat while you eat dinner. Paper crowns (a la Burger King) included. (714) 521-4740
Movieland Wax Museum
An elaborate collection of movie and TV memorabilia, including authentic costumes and sets and more than 200 lifelike replicas of famous stars. Open Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission $6.95-$12.95. (949) 522-1154 or visitMovieland Wax Museum online.
A themed restaurant with a jungle motif. Includes animatronic creatures, indoor thundershowers, live parrots, talking trees and a large saltwater aquarium. (714) 424-9200
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
"The odd, the unusual and bizarre from nature and man." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission $5.25-$8.95. (714) 522-7045 or visitRipley's online.
Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza
Watch dancing Indians, lariat-twirling "cowboys" and singing cowgirls while you eat dinner. (714) 522-6414
Wild Rivers Water Park
A water theme park with over 40 water rides and attractions, on the site of the late lamented Lion Country Safari. (949) 768-9453
Intrigued by this abbreviated list? Click here to visit Douglas's more complete list of significant locations in Anaheim, including including HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS, SEASIDE ATTRACTIONS, GARDENS, SHOPPING, JUST FOR KIDS, and MISCELLANEOUS FUN categories.
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