10. Cinematic sets in space. New in 2018, Dark Entities is a space-themed maze that masters the art of building suspense. It starts with warnings from crew members to turn back, followed by Knott’s Scary Farm’s most memorable set pieces: laser cages, robot assistants, and a captivating view of Earth.
9. Moving wall torture. Shadow Lands is a maze centered on a cursed samurai. It starts peaceful enough in an eerie, smoke-filled forest, but the creepiness quickly escalates and soon you’ll feel like the walls are closing in on you … because they are.
8. Year-round rides. If you haven’t checked out HangTime since it opened this summer, now is your chance to ride the steepest dive coaster in California. This, and other fan favorites at Knott’s, stay open during the haunting hours. The family attractions even have new elements to make them spooky.
7. Body snatching. For fans of the Paranormal Inc. attraction, Knott’s has enhanced the maze’s already memorable introduction show and added a new ending for 2018. The most unsettling part is watching the bodies of helpless victims get snatched straight up into the air.
6. A psychic bird at Conjurers—Magic and Mirth at the Birdcage Theatre. Scary Farm shows are always campy, spooky, and delightful. For 2018, the comedic stylings of “Hacks” are back with a new show, and be sure to see which pop culture catastrophe gets hung in the annual outdoor show, The Hanging. Then, don’t miss the psychic bird in the Conjurers magic show. He’s not really that psychic, and he may go to the bathroom on stage, but give him a break—he’s a bird.
5. Walking through pumpkin guts. Visitors to the returning Pumpkin Eater maze should be on high alert for big scares from the camouflaged scarecrows lurking in the surrounding cornfields. Not to mention the most disturbing part of the attraction, walking through damp, cold pumpkin innards.
4. Interactive funeral procession. Foresaken Lake is a new Knott’s scare zone for 2018. Gothic creatures are looking for victims to drag back to their swamp, and if you time your visit just right, you’ll be treated to a morbid funeral procession.
3. Self-defense weapons in a live-action video game. Scary Farm’s Special Ops: Infected is the only interactive maze in California where you’re armed with a laser blaster and get points for every zombie you can stop. Pro tip: Aim for the head.
2. Flashlights that turn to black lights. Last year, Scary Farm’s Trick or Treat: Lights Out maze became an instant classic by arming its victims with faulty flashlights. Visitors who are scared of the dark need to be sure to pay attention when their flashlights switch to black lights, revealing secret messages scattered on the walls.
1. Deadly Kraken attack. Another maze new to the farm for 2018 is The Depths, and it tells the story of miners in a cursed cave. In addition to the surreal feeling that you’re wading through water, you’ll also get the sensation of being on a rocking ship. It may take a while to shake that sinking sensation—if you make it out at all.
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