Knotts Berry Farm Opens 40th Anniversary Haunt Museum

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in In the Parks, Knott's Berry Farm, Knott's Scary Farm

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Published on September 01, 2012 at 12:24 am with 13 Comments

Friday, as the amber tones of twilight cast a warm glow on the Farm, Knott’s unveiled an homage to the history of its 40 year old Halloween Haunt. The Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt was the first in-park Halloween celebration, incorporating haunted houses, actors, and re-themed attractions to create a totally new experience for evening guests. It is only fitting that the history of America’s leading Haunt is being celebrated with museum in Ghost Town.

During a special “Chain” cutting ceremony, Jeff Tucker (Writer/director of this years Unearthed), flanked by the Entertainment staff, addressed the crowd of VIPs and fans.

 From left to right, Daniel Miller, Brooke Walters, Jeff Tucker, Jeff Shaddic(behind the cobweb) Todd Faux and Lara Hanneman – The Haunt and Entertainment big wigs.


Gary Salisbury, Jim Mayfield and John Waite, the original Haunt crew, pose for photos.

The awning of the museum is decorated with flickering pumpkins and black ravens.

Let’s go inside. Entering the museum, you’ll find three full-size costumes from mazes and scare zones from years past.  In the far corner sits the actual couch used by Elvira Mistress of the Dark. A mannequin displays Elvira’s trademark sultry, black dress.

Above, on the far wall, a hi-def screen plays a video featuring notable designers who have worked tirelessly on the event throughout its four decade run.

Along the wall on the right are display cases featuring sculptures and props from previous mazes and scare zones.

Stupid Clowns

Remember the Overlord?  Good Times.

Collection of early tickets

This figure terrorized riders in the Calico Mine Train in the early 80′s. This prop was found stored away deep in the Log Ride.


John Waite is reunited with a creation of his from the Mine Train from the early 80′s.


Crypt Keeper was actually the MC for a few years.


Wolfman Jack hosted the event in the early years.


So funny what passed for scary in the 70′s.

A new piece from this year’s “Pinocchio Unstrung”

Spot Jeff Tucker in this framed picture and you get a prize (Actual prize not included)

Concept art from the famous Blood Bayou maze.

MERCHANDISE
Guests can also purchase their Haunt tickets here as well as reservations for “Trapped”, the new VIP maze experience.

They even plan to begin selling upscale collectables, like this framed set of Haunt tickets.

 Overall, the new in-park Haunt Museum is a wonderfully dark corner of spooky fun.  We have to admit that we were surprised at the substantial work that was done to renovate the interior of the old structure.  Black drapes hang mournfully from each window, the walls are freshly papered with stark wall paper, and the paint is fresh and new.  What they have on display here is a nice summation of years past.
 Our only complaint is the small size of the building.  Originally slated for the Toy Barn, the museum was ultimately built in this smaller space at the last minute because there wouldn’t have been time to convert the Barn for Christmas and Santa.  While the execution here is quite beautiful, we would love to see it move to a larger space in years to come.

It is a night of scary fun for one great price.
The evening will include:
  • Backstage tours
  • Lights on maze tour
  • All you can eat Buffet
  • Souvenir Knott’s Scary Farm mug
  • Meet and Greet with Haunt Designers
  • Drawing to be a Monster in a maze
  • Some special 40th anniversary surprises
  • VIP front of line access to the mazes
All for $92.99 per person

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • Rex Dopey24

    wow that stuff is awesome. thanks. hope everyone has a great time at knotts scary farm and oh that crypt keeper is kinda creepy.

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    This is really nice stuff for Knott’s. SO glad to see them going the extra mile for the 40th anniversary of Haunt. Great to see John Waite and all those original Haunt guys at the opening of the new museum.

    This has me thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if Knott’s had a year round haunted attraction in Ghost Town?! It could pay tribute to the long lamented Haunted Shack and serve as a year long reminder that Knott’s is #1 in Haunt fun.

    • jcruise86

      I like the year round haunted attraction idea in Ghost Town, Dusty! Remove that part of the Silver Bullet that intrudes into the area and used that space.

  • mratigan

    Yes I’m right there with you dusty

  • SpectroMan

    Fantastic job on the museum! Can’t wait to see it in person. I’m hoping these “upscale collectibles” will be a full line of options and not just the framed tickets.

  • rstar

    Jeff Tucker is the one on the far left.

    Did I win??

    I’m so bummed I missed out on the VIP maze tickets, but I better get my Micechat Spooktacular tickets now! I went last year with my son and it was great! He really want’s to go again this year!

  • Bongo

    Knotts Berry Farm is really filled to the brim with history (Even including the Cedar Takeover). Seems fitting that there is a museum to commemorate a very long running piece of history from the park.

  • dingdong2u

    Was wondering if anyone else noticed the address on the front of the building. “1973″, the first year of Halloween Haunt. :)

  • ralzap

    Dusty Sage is so right. A haunted ride would fit so well in ghost town. Obvioulsy they have talented folks who could make it happen. Honoring the shack would be even more of a bonus.

    Boot Hill, the graveyard ride
    The Haunted Bird Cage theater
    The Haunted Calico Mine (No, don’t touch the mine ride. Something new)
    Calico Saloon, A bar you neve leave
    The Hang Man’s tree.

    Just a thought….

  • ralzap

    More thoughts, My apalogies.

    The Charley Browns Great Punkin ride in the Knott’s Berry Tales building.
    Gypsy Camp revenge
    Jungle Island: Wood animals come alive
    The Last Fiesta, Fiesta Village
    The Haunted Berry Patch.
    Pony Express, the last ride.

    Sorry, could not resist……

  • redrocker

    The only thing missing from the Elvira mock up is her big bottle of vodka next to her :)
    Man JIM MAYFIELD!!!! I wish i would have been there to say hi to him.

  • SpectroMan

    Maybe it’s time for the Bear-Y Tales facility to house a haunted dark ride. The track is already there, so…let’s get moving!

  • glowman

    Norman, you do such a great job of reporting on the news of the Parks. I particularly like and appreciate your coverage of Knott’s and how management is returning to its historic roots by noticeable upgrades and refurbishments of its historic Ghost Town area. Your photography is very professional and creative giving us readers a feeling of being there with you. Thanks so much for the hard work you, Dusty, and all your writers do to keep us all up to date on the latest happenings. This year’s Haunt should be very special and very scary. I see some of your readers agree with me that Knott’s needs a year round dark ride, right?