Today, we were invited to visit Knott’s Spooky Farm, which is Knott’s Berry Farm’s non-spooky Halloween celebration where kids can trick-or-treat, decorate pumpkins, ride the Grand Sierra Railroad through a Halloween adventure, explore creepy critters, participate in a costume contest, watch Charlie Brown and his friends dancing and singing, and more!
All these fun activities are included with regular admission, so you also get to go on all the rides as well! Make sure to read my “What to Expect” section below; it will really help you out in planning your day!
Don’t forget that right now, you can purchase a 2018 Season Pass and get one free admission in 2017! So you can use it to visit Knott’s Spooky farm, if you would like.
Knott’s Spooky Farm:
Ghost Town Trick or Treating. Walk through the streets of Ghost Town where your kids can take pictures with fun characters and trick-or-treat at 6 different stations.
Creepy Critters of Calico in the Ghost Town Livery Stable: check out this lovely stable which is filled with all kinds of creepy insects, reptiles, spiders and more.
“The Monsters Are Coming” at Camp Snoopy: watch the Peanuts Gang dancing and singing to their favorite Halloween tunes. Kids love this one. Don’t miss it. Showtimes: 11:45am, 1:15 & 2:30pm
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at the Fiesta Village: visit the Fiesta Village for interactive, non-scary educational, celebrations and photo opps. Face painting is also available for a nominal fee.
The Ghastly Gallery at Boardwalk Ballroom: Visit the gallery for fun live shows starring Charlie Brown and Lucy. Showtimes: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.
Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch at Calico Park: enjoy the Halloween atmosphere and decorate a small pumpkin ($5 additional fee).
Great Halloween Decorations Throughout the park:Two Halloween Themed Rides: take the Grand Sierra Railroad for a kid-friendly Halloween adventure. You can also take the Mountain Log ride for a slightly more spooky experience.
Peanuts Characters Meet and Greet: lots of great photo opportunities with the peanut gang.
Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party at Camp Snoopy. Another kids’ favorite. It is only offered once a day in the afternoon at 3:45pm so make sure to plan around it. Have your kids dressed with their favorite costume so they can go on stage and participate in the costume contest.
What to Expect:
- Go Trick or Treating first as soon as you get into the park, so you can enjoy it when the lines are short.
- When you get into the park, they hand you a small bag for trick-or-treating and a map that tells you where the Halloween events are taking place.
- You shouldn’t miss the show “The Monsters Are Coming” which is shown three times (11:45pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm…but make sure they didn’t change their schedule) and the Costume Contest which is offered only once in the afternoon (3:45pm). Get there at least 20 minutes earlier if you want to find a seat. Otherwise you can just stand in the back.
- The Halloween activities don’t take too much time. So I don’t want you to think that you are going to a huge Halloween event. You need to think of it this way: you are paying for admission to take your kids to have an awesome time at Knott’s and in addition to it, you can trick-or-treat, see some fun Halloween decorations, take some great Halloween pictures, see some friendly ghosts, and participate in a fun costume contest. So lots and lots and lots to do!
- After you are done with the Halloween activities go and hang out at Camp Snoopy where younger kids can enjoy up to 14 rides. The lines at Camp Snoopy were really short, maximum 15 minutes, so the kids can go on the same ride a million times.
- My boy is over 54 inches and can go on almost every ride in the park, so he and my hubby went on more thrilling rides while me and my girl spent most of the day at Camp Snoopy.
- Here is what we did: we arrived at 8:45am. At 9 am, we went trick-or-treating, then checked out the creepy critters, visited the pumpkin patch and the Dia De Los Muertos village, and then enjoyed short lines at Camp Snoopy. We had lunch, watched a show at the Ghastly Gallery, splashed down Skull Mountain, and then went back to Camp Snoopy where we enjoyed more rides. Then watched “The Monsters are Coming”, some more rides, watched the Costume Contest, some more rides and at 5pm when the park closed, we left super tired, but super happy.
Entertainment and Shows:
Knott’s currently offers 4 shows throughout the day on top of the 4 Halloween-themed shows. So you can actually just spend the entire day watching shows if you’d like.
Rides for younger kids:
There are a total of 14 rides at Camp Snoopy. Let me try to summarize what your kids can do depending on their heights. This is just for reference, it is not 100% accurate 🙂
- Kids less than 32 inches: they can go on 8 rides if accompanied by an adult
- Kids 32-36 inches: they can go on 6 rides if accompanied by an adult plus 3 more rides on their own
- Kids 36-42 inches: they can go on 6 rides with an adult, and 6 rides alone
- Kids 42-48 inches: they can go on 11 rides alone, and 3 with an adult
- Kids 48-52 inches: they can go on 13 rides on their own, plus 1 ride with an adult
- Kids 52+: they can do almost everything but a couple of rides have a maximum height of 54 inches
Young kids can also go on the following rides with an adult: the Calico Railroad, Timber Mountain Log Ride (if 36 inches), Calico Mine Ride, Butterfield Stagecoach, Merry Go Round, Hat Dance (36 inches), Pacific Scrambler (36 inches), sky cabin, and Voyage to the Iron Reef.
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA 90620
Knott’s Spooky Farm is open 9am to 5pm on weekends only through October 29th, 2017. It will also be open on Halloween Day, 10am to 5:30pm. Click here for a calendar.
Their 2018 annual pass is $92 and if you purchase it now, you can also receive one free visit in 2017. Click here for more info.
Right now, single day tickets start at $48 if you purchase them online, $45 for kids 3-11 years old. Their prices change often, so you might want to check their website here.