The LA Times has an article about Knott’s Scary Farm’s 2010 mazes and Scare Zones. It also ranks what they believe are the best, rest, and worst mazes coming back. Scare Zone will have to disagree with some of their rankings such as cronstalkers which isn’t one of the worst and The Salughterhouse which isn’t one of the best.

The thing with Knott’s, like other haunts, is one’s expereince in a maze and the scare factor can vary greatly depending on when they go. That is why we reccomend going to haunts earlier in the season when the talent is fresh or during weeknights. Opening weekends can be fun but then you must keep in mind that the scareactors are still learning what scares really work on their victims.

Knott’s Berry Farm unveils Halloween Haunt 2010 mazes

Knott’s Berry Farm will add three new mazes for Halloween Haunt 2010, according to theme park officials. The 38th annual Knott’s Scary Farm will take place on Wednesday through Sunday nights from Sept. 24 through Oct. 31 (except for Sept. 29). Knott’s Berry Farm. The granddaddy of Halloween events will feature 13 mazes scattered throughout the Buena Park theme park, with construction currently underway in backstage areas.

New mazes for 2010:

  • Sleepy Hollow Mountain, featuring the headless horseman legend with ghosts, ghouls, witches and goblins, replaces the Pyromaniax theme (on the Timber Mountain log ride).
  • Virus Z replicates a small town overrun by infected cannibals, zombies and blood-thirsty corpses, replacing the woefully bad Quarantine maze (in Fiesta Plaza).
  • Fallout Shelter, where the insane residents haven’t seen the sun since the Atomic Age, replaces the tired and predictable Alien Annihilation 3-D laser-tag maze (near Reflection Lake).

Returning mazes from 2009:

The Best

  • > Terror of London
  • > Lockdown: The Asylum
  • > Slaughterhouse

The Rest

  • > Dia de los Muertos (in 3-D)
  • > The Labyrinth
  • > Black Widow’s Cavern
  • > Club Blood

The Worst

  • > Uncle Bobo’s Big Top of the Bizarre (in 3-D)
  • > The Doll Factory
  • > Cornstalkers

Halloween Haunt will once again feature three scare zones, including:

  • > The Necropolis, with Victorian Steampunk vampires haunting a city of the dead, replaces The Gauntlet scare zone in Camp Snoopy (New for 2010).
  • > Carnevil (in the Boardwalk area)
  • > Ghost Town (in the Wild West area)

Also returning for 2010: “The Hanging” pop-culture comedy revue plus several shows


  1. […] Anyhow, once inside the park we enjoyed an evening with no crowds, energetic monsters, and familiar scares. Knott’s the grandaddy of theme park haunt events which serves as  an advantage and also as a disadvantage. The advantage is, they have 13 mazes with a wide array of themes, so there’s bound to be something that’ll scare the skeletons out of you. This advantage is also a disadvantage as the number of mazes almost makes it feels as if they are stretched too thin were only a few mazes get the full budget sets and scares while others are just recycled memories from the Haunt scrapyard. Therefore, the experience through Knott’s mazes isn’t always consistent (even in the same maze) nor scary. The other problem is Knott’s has failed to come up with new types of scares. The still rely on the monster in the corner or behind the curtain as the main scare tactic. It’s 2010, and we expect more, how about some surprises from the floor or the Howl-O-Scream style “boo doors” where monsters pop out of seemingly solid walls? Besides these shortcomings Knott’s still offers a fun event and fulfilling event that is worth going back to year after year, even if it’s just to be in the Halloween Spirit. So with out further ado here is the rundown of the good, the bad, and the Knott-so-scary.   […]

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