When you think about Halloween and haunt attractions, there is always one name at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to theme parks: Knott’s Scary Farm. This year is no different! We were able to attend the big event announcing this years thrills and chills and are bringing all the news right to you!

Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest, most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, with endless mazes and shocking surprises in store for 2016. Rising from the fog this year is the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of undead creatures ready to unleash a reign of terror in the first of its kind scare zone, The Hollow. Fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory in the new hair-raising Shadow Lands maze. Take a trip to the blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in Red Barn, the newest gory maze. Enlist to fight the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in the interactive experience, in an all-new urban setting, Black Ops: Infected. Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s Scary Farm in a spectacular nightly show, Elvira’s Danse Macabre. The show transports guests to a masquerade ball, hosted by Elvira, full of music, dance and comedy.

With 13 haunted attractions and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm. Visit KnottsScaryFarm.com for tickets and join the conversation using #ScaryFarm

Knott’s Scary Farm is a separately ticketed event on 24 nights September 22 through October 31. Due to the explicit and frightening nature of the event, it is not recommended for children under 13.

What Knott’s Scary Farm brings in favorite horrors each year, they also make sure to bring in new and innovative ways to terrify their guests. Check out the art of what new tricks Scary Farm has up their sleeves for this year and the descriptions below!

Black Ops: Infected

Armed with cutting edge laser guns, brave guests will face off against hordes of zombies in the groundbreaking all-new Black Ops: Infected interactive maze. Small units of guests will battle the zombie apocalypse through blood soaked city streets and an underground sewer system crawling with nearly one hundred ravenous zombies. The high tech innovative experience thrusts guests into the middle of a live-action video game complete with live actors, real time scoring system, kill streak rewards system and interactive targets, including a juggernaut boss zombie. The new attraction is one of the largest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm history so form your squad and put your zombie apocalypse survival skills to the test in this action packed, one-of-a-kind experience.

From coverage last year and the reaction in the crowd this year, we know that this is a highly anticipated event returning as a newly minted attraction for 2016. New details we learned at the event included that the attraction was moving backstage into a newly built city, ready close quarter contact. Plus, Black Ops: Infected no longer has a ticket system! Just jump in line!

Standalone Skeleton Key Rooms

Knott’s Scary Farm is bringing 4 standalone Skeleton Key rooms to the park this year, completely independent from the mazes, each that have a unique story and theme. These rooms will be interactive, terrifying, and deliver the unparalleled scares!

Visions: Guests must investigate the Green Witch Museum in Ghost Town where it is not the building that is haunted, but the various items contained within. Using a Phantom Finder augmented reality device, guests will be able to identify and witness paranormal activity connected to items from the Sarah Marshall Witch Trial.
ZOZO: People from all over the world claim to have been visited by the demon ZOZO after a spirit board session. Is the demonic entity known as ZOZO real or are spirit boards just a myth?
Slasher: Guests are invited to step into an 80s’ slasher horror film. The masked Angel Maker Killer is on the loose. Every lead has run cold and that’s when you step into the picture. Will you become his next victim?
Prey: Navigate a hay maze full of dead ends with only a faulty lantern as your guide. You are not alone. Mutant beasts are lurking around every corner.

Every story presented for the Skeleton Key rooms seem truly terrifying, and probably will be more so with the limited number of guests that can go through them in a given night. We were especially terrified by the details of PREY, as the audience was told that Prey was an interactive hay maze. Already promising terror, right? Now, add on the fact that a new monster is released every 30 seconds. Oh! and the remote control lantern. Sounds like a recipe for terror.

Red Barn 

Take a trip to a blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the Red Barn gore maze. Legend has it the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature that sends his sadistic sons to ensure his legacy. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter never escape.

Shadow Lands

A fulfilling life ensures a soul safe passage into eternity, but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? Enter the hair-raising Shadow Lands maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.

The Hollow

From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves.

With the brand-new scares all lined up for you, stay tuned for the returning favorites! We’ll be posting the rundown of the fun in a post coming soon!

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