Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[Haunts] Three New Experiences Coming to Terrify Guests at Knott's Scary Farm 2017

The grandaddy of 'em all isn't sitting out the 2017, not by a long shot. Not that I would expect them too, given the history and reputation they have to live up to every year. So, for 2017 they've cooked up three new maze experiences that are sure to warm your nightmares. Let's get right down to it, shall we?

First up on the list, Dark Ride.

Right off the bat, I'm gonna get it for this one. Clowns, yep...I have a this love hate for the little buggers and it's mostly because there's so many haunts out there that don't do them right at all.

However, the title of this one gets me right in the nostalgia as I love dark rides, so maybe...just maybe, they'll win me over. I'm not entirely sure on that, but hey...a few places in the past have made me like their rendition on clowns.

Here's the teaser video for Dark Ride.

"Journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel carny folk still linger in the shadows in Dark Ride: Castle of Chaos, Knott’s Scary Farm’s newest maze. The shunned performers have created an ominous world of terror which they plan to unleash on those who enter. Dark Ride will lead brave visitors through a treacherous path and into the bowels of a long neglected attraction, as sinister shadows and horrifying scenes cast gloom over the once pleasant ride. It’s everyone’s worst nightmare, being helplessly surrounded by clowns without a way out."
Okay, so that sound interesting. Just not entirely sure how I feel about it. It's not that I'm scared of clowns, just that I'm tired of seeing them overdone out there. However, one never knows until they get there. With it being the "Year of IT", it's bound to happen as well. So, we'll see.

Next up on the list? Pumpkin Eater

Well, color me curious. This one is definitely an interesting take on things by the sounds of it, and kinda nice to see something not scarecrow/corn themed but also still keeping with the tradition of the Fall season going on here. Which, in my world is never a bad thing. I love when haunts do this kind of thing, even more so when they can really make it their own.

Though, before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's see just what the teaser video has in store for us.

"Survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow in the new maze, Pumpkin Eater. The notorious creature is on the prowl hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape the sinister Pumpkin Eater’s wrath all that enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the way out."
Well, okay. That hit a few notes for me. A little reminder of the great Motel Hell, and Pumpkinhead all wrapped into one with a new twist? Yeah, definitely onboard with the idea and give them some credit to taking some old themes and spinning it into something unique for the park.

So far, so good? I think anyway, so let's get to the final new maze for the Knott's Scary Farm 2017 season, and that is; Trick or Treat: Light's Out.

First off, I still love this maze, and while I've only seen it at Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt, I'm sure this new iteration of it at Knott's is going to be something really special. The idea of taking this and then putting an interactive "lights out" overlay onto it? Well, I'm down for that...

But as usual, let's see what they have to show us...

"Are you afraid of the dark? You will be.
Armed with only a faulty flashlight, explore the creepy house at the end of the street, in the upgraded Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out maze. Face the terrors of the house in complete darkness as your interactive flashlight reveals the horrors hiding in the shadows.
Featuring new state-of-the-art effects, unexpected scares and other eerie surprises, Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out will terrorize you like never before."
Okay, I'm down, sign me up. I love the idea of taking an already great maze concept and then turning it on it's head. One of my favorite things that some haunts in the past have pulled of masterfully and as long as they haven't skimped on the detail and style of Trick or Treat in the past for this? Oh yeah, it's gonna be one helluva ride.

And that wraps up the new mazes coming to this year's Knott's Scary Farm! This year's event kicks off in just three days, so if you're going out to the park let us know what you think of it since myself and the team won't be getting a chance to visit until later in the season.

For tickets, hours, directions, and a ton more information of everything you can do at 2017's Knott's Scary Farm, head on over to their official website for all that and more.

Until next time,

Sweet Screams and Pleasant Nightmares!

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