Knott’s Scary Farm 2018 is now open: Here are 5 things you should know |

Knott’s Scary Farm 2018 is now open: Here are 5 things you should know

Knott’s Scary Farm 2018 is now open: Here are 5 things you should know

Knott’s Scary Farm is dressed to distress this season with some new, stylish touches. The haunt began its 46th season at Knott’s Berry Farm on Thursday with 14 new or refreshed attractions.

Here are the highlights:

1. New mazes 

Knott’s maze designers are stretching their boundaries with two all-new mazes this year, one with an ocean theme and one in outer space: The Depths takes place beneath a port village where terror lurks in dark caverns. The water features include a big finale with a waterfall while Dark Entities is set on a creepy space station where an alien life form is stalking and destroying the crew. The staff calls it this year’s longest and most ambitious maze.

Both mazes are in an area that’s usually backstage past the GhostRider wooden roller coaster.

What you need to know: Watch your step. The Depths has a floor that simulates the rocking of a pirate ship and uses lighting effects to make you think you’re wading deep in water. Dark Entities uses vibrating floors to make you feel like you’re in a spaceship.

2. New scare zone

Forsaken Lake is a boggy area populated by scare actors dressed like Anne Rice characters in New Orleans. After meeting a bad end themselves, they’re looking for fresh victims to drag back to their crypts.

What you need to know: It’s under the Silver Bullet thrill ride.

3. New settings

Several rides are getting enhancements, including the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which like last year will have “Halloween Hootenanny” overlay music by Krazy Kirk & the Hillbillies, and the new HangTime roller coaster, which is lit in an eerie red. Other thrill rides are in total darkness. The VR Showdown in the Boardwalk arcade will become “Time Zombies,” set in London. That attraction costs $5 extra.

What you need to know: Watch for the witch in the finale of the Log Ride.

4. New post-Elvira entertainment

Longtime headliner Elvira (aka Cassandra Peterson) gave her farewell show at Knott’s last year. That leaves a void at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre, where she’d been putting on flashy shows since 2013 filled with mildly dirty jokes, scantily clad dancers, big sets and big hair.

This year an improv troupe called Hacks takes over the stage after appearing off and on at the park’s smaller venues, such as the Birdcage Theatre. The show, “Cutting Room Floor,” features clips from B-movies on giant screens with dialogue provided by the cast – and the audience. They get suggested lines from text messages sent from people’s cell phones.

As usual, “The Hanging” takes place on the outdoors Calico Mine Stage.

What you need to know: Shows are at 8:30, 10, 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. nightly.

5. New Collectibles

The Knott’s Scary Farm 2018 T-shirt illustrates all of this year’s attractions on the back and costs $16.95. There’s a similar design on a pullover, $39.99. Another T-shirt marks the haunt’s anniversary in comic book style, $22.99. Other featured designs include a fortune teller and grinning pumpkin for $19.99. Baseball caps cost $16.99,

What you need to know: Check out the merch in Virginia’s gift shop before the park opens.

Knott’s Scary Farm

When: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27; 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays through Oct. 25; Sundays Sept. 30 through Oct. 28; and Oct. 31.

Where: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

Tickets: $82 at the gate, $42-$58 online. Scary season pass $99. Boo-fet with early admission $31.99 plus tax online.

Information: 714-220-5200,