On Friday night, I returned to Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt for the first time since I was a high school junior 10 years ago. My experience then was great, and I was excited about checking out the new mazes, rides, and recurring shows (e.g., the Hanging). Either nothing about my last visit sucked, or I just blocked it out because the whole experience was much scarier, and not in a good way.
I’m sure there are thousands of people who attend Halloween Haunt, love it, and can’t wait to return. I’m not one of those, and here are 10 reasons why (after the jump):
1. The significant other and I left East LA about 6:45 pm and made it to Buena Park at 7:45 pm. This was after leaving the Westside at 4:30. Spending an hour on the 5 was annoying, but it felt normal.
2. Once we exited the freeway, we spent almost two hours getting to the park and finding a parking spot. For an event this large, you think Buena Park city planners and Knott’s officials would make sure folks can actually get to the park without spending a couple of hours.
3. Once we finally got out of our car, we waited in another chaotic line to get in the park. We looked like a mob trying to attack someone, as we waited for security and Buena Park PD to search everyone.
4. The median age was probably 17. I don’t mind teenagers most of the time, but Halloween Haunt is like a club for them and that means they’re even more annoying.
5. It’s a theme park. Every ride, maze or show worth watching (e.g. the Grudge) has lines snaking through the park. At times it felt like we spent more time looking for the end of the line than actually waiting. Our group decided to skip out on the Grudge because we didn’t want to spend the remainder of our night in line.
6. The funnel cake line was about an hour long. No amusement park junk food is worth that much.
7. Knott’s offers a buffet dinner for $12.95. If you eat dinner there, you’re allowed in to the park before doors open to everyone else. Nice advantage, but I heard the dinner sucked and was worse than a Hometown Buffet (they had paper plats and utensils).
8. For the 3D mazes, you need to buy your own 3D glasses. They cost $1.
9. The beer garden was located right below two roller coasters. At least they had a beer garden. That was nice. For a night like that, beer is necessary.
10. It’s pricey. I spent $36 on my discounted ticket (I think it’s $44 pre-sale). Parking costs $15. Each domestic beer cost $5.50. My 3D glasses were $1. And the lousy late night buffet breakfast was $7.95.
I’ve never thought I was too old for anything associated with Halloween. I’ve been proven wrong.