Knott's announces new line-up for 31st Annual Halloween Haunt

Posted Friday, August 22, 2003 4:59 AM | Contributed by SpongeBob

The 31st Annual Halloween Haunt held at Knott's Berry Farm will feature three brand new haunts along with a new show in addition to the returning attractions from previous years. Also new this year at Halloween Haunt will be the additional Wednesday nights added to the schedule, called "Bare Bones Nights" at a discount rate.

Link: Knott's Berry Farm

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Saturday, August 23, 2003 12:39 AM
Interesting how they are marketing this year. Always always, they have said things like "Hurry..the Haunt sells out every year!" in order to sell tickets. They have done that for as long as I can remember. This year, the opposite:

"Contrary to belief, the Haunt doesn't sell out every night. Walk-up tickets remain available on many nights as late as opening -- however officials still suggest an early ticket purchase to ensure fright fans get the dates they want."

That's much more honest and I like it better. And I am happy that they are finally replacing the long-in-the-tooth movie themed maze in the Wilderness Dance Hall, with something new. Sounds fun. And they also replaced Alien Encounter which is good. But they need to replace The Underground as well. I think that maze has been going on for close to a decade if not longer!

I remember the days when almost all the mazes were new each year with repeats lasting only around 3 years at most. (sigh)

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Saturday, August 23, 2003 7:31 AM
Jeff's avatar I still don't understand why people in SoCal call them "mazes" and not "haunts" or "haunted houses" like the rest of the country.

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Saturday, August 23, 2003 11:34 PM
Actually, we do use the term "Haunted House" as well, but that term is usually for things done outside of what the theme parks do. Never heard the term "Haunts" before to describe haunted houses, though I've heard the term "spook house". I could be wrong, but I don't remember this term being used pre-Halloween Haunt, so I think the term "maze" might have originated with KBF themselves. Maybe they wanted to set themselves apart from the traditional cheesy haunted house. Also, in the earlier days, some of the mazes were not even "haunted" really and featured a lot more variety in themes then they do these days. So that may be the reason.
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Sunday, August 24, 2003 6:15 AM
Jeff's avatar But is it actually a "maze" you can get lost in do you walk through it in a typical linear fashion?

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Monday, August 25, 2003 8:16 AM
janfrederick's avatar I wouldn't go as far as to say that people in SoCal call them mazes. Everybody I know calls them haunted houses....like the rest of the country.

And yes, it is linear.

Knott's marketing can be thanked. me thinks.

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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