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Photo Trip Report: Knott's Spooky Farm


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We had a chance to visit Knott's Spooky Farm a couple weeks ago for my son's Fall Vacation from school. Now before everyone misreads the post...this is for Knott's SPOOKY Farm and NOT Knott's Scary Farm. That's right, this is the event held in Camp Snoopy during the day for the families. Not all Halloween events need to be scary. Everyone knows about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party but not a lot of people know that Knott's holds it's own event for families during the day. Now, we weren't able to attend on one of the days where the handed out candy, but with one of my son's food allergies, that was probably for the better.

 

Knott's will always be a special place for me because I grew up in So Cal and Knott's was where I rode my first roller coaster, first "real" train and first Log Flume (and don't forget the parachutes and Soap Box Derby racers back in the day). It was great to finally have my boys experience Knott's for the "first" time. I say that in quotes because the last time we went was not very successful in that everything in Camp Snoopy was over an hour wait and it was over 100 degrees so we ended up not really doing anything. Being this time of year, and during the weekday, there was hardly anyone at the park and it was great.

 

Camp Snoopy had great theming for the kiddos in that there were very friendly pumpkins carvings out and they played happy halloween music. They also had a special show at the Camp Snoopy Theater just for the Halloween season. They also re-themed the Grand Sierra Railroad to include the Peanuts characters going to "Camp Spooky". It was really well done and we spent most of the day in Camp Snoopy.

 

Below are pictures from our fun filled day...

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We checked into the Knott's Hotel the day before and the front desk had great customer service and gave my boys these buttons to where at the park.

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The night before we went to the park, we headed over to Snoopy Headquarters to check things out. Griffin found Charlie Brown!

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Every character to could ever want.

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Jackson was very precise and made sure all the magnets were in order....

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....until Griffin mixed them up again.

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I think Griffin is ready to meet some characters tomorrow!

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We ate dinner at Amber Waves at the hotel. If you stay at the hotel, you get 20% your meal!

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The food was delicious and they even had food for kids with allergies so Jackson was happy!

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The next morning, the boys were ready to meet the Peanuts Gang with their Charlie Brown shirts!

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We are at the entrance...ready for the day...

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While we were waiting to get into the park, Charlie Brown and Snoopy were walking around. So of course we had to meet them first. Charlie Brown was dressed as Frankenstein. I guess if he dressed as is ghost from "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" not one would know it was him.

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Then we got to meet Snoopy.

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My boys loved Snoopy (as you will see later in the report).

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This is the first of many times we got to meet Snoopy today! Griffin is still in awe that he's meeting him.

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Time to head into Spooky Farm

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As always, Sierra Sidewinder greets you as you enter....it might just be me but I really dislike where they placed that ride.

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Sierra Sidewinder doing it's spinning thing.

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Time to pilot the Red Baron and shoot down the World War I flying Ace.

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Jackson is at the controls while Griffin is in the back making sure he keeps his eye on Snoopy.

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"Curse you Red Baron!"

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Some of the scenery around Camp Spooky

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Time to venture across the bridges and into the caves.

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Nothing scary in here during the day but both the boys love how they got to go into a real cave!

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Next was the Camp Bus

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They all were so excited to ride a School Bus. Unfortunately, none of them knew what the ride did....

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...it was at this moment where everyone had an "Oh Sh*t" moment and started crying and really didn't like the ride. The ride op was great and actually ended the cycle early.

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After the disaster that was the Camp Bus...it was time for something a little slower.

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Huff and Puff was one of my favorite rides as a young kid....

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....and my boys loved it to because they had to ride it 5 times in a row before we were able to move on to the next ride.

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Next up, time to ride a Hot Air Balloon.

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Griffin is picking out the color balloon he wants.

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He has his eye on the green one.

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Griffin is excited he got the Green one and he's ready to go!

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I see you back there Monte!

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Great view of Montezooma's Revenge from the Balloon Race. So a great ride!

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Another ride in Camp Spooky

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Nothing better than strapping your kids into a contraption where they are facing straight down.

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We saw Snoopy again so we had to meet him.

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The boys really loved Snoopy.

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Time for lunch at the Grizzly Creek Lodge. If I remember correctly, I believe this is where there used to be a giant Playhouse back in the day. I remember that playhouse and I remember the day when I was too tall to go inside...that was a sad day.

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Jackson is planning where to go to next. He sees a Merry Go Round on the map...time to head out!

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It's time for the Merry Go Round.....

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.....and of course Jackson decides to pick the seat....that doesn't go up and down.....I'm super thrilled!

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Griffin named his horse Snoopy.

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After the boys let me ride Supreme Scream and then a couple rounds on Voyage of the Iron Reef (where I got the High Score for the week) we decided to ride a "real" train.

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Jackson was watching out for the robbers that were going to board the train.

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Now it was time for our souvenirs of the trip. Instead of stuffed animals or T-Shirts, my boys collect the pressed pennies in books. It probably costs about the same as a shirt and stuffed animal but at least it's something that will last them a long time. These machines are found over by the restrooms by the Mystery Lodge.

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Jackson has almost the whole collection from Disneyland and California Adventure, and now he has the whole collection from Knott's Berry Farm.

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The great thing about Disneyland is that the machines are spread throughout the park. At Knott's, the machines were all in this area so it was kind of a nice relaxing time but also it kind of took the fun out of finding the machines.

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More pictures from the rest of our day at Camp Spooky!

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After a walk around the park, it was time to head back into Pooky Far......I mean Spooky Farm.

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I love Pig Pen...he doesn't care that he never showers. There was always one of "those" kids in school

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You basically ride in a buggy and it jumps up and down.

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Of course this was another one where the boys didn't like it and started crying....we were definitely winning as parents today.

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After the disaster that was Mud Buggies....it was time for something a lot slower. Now it's time to drive some Semi-Trucks.

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We had Charlie Brown shirts so of course we got the ride in the Charlie Brown Truck.....

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.....and then every other Truck after that.

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Now it was time for "The Monsters are coming Charlie Brown" at the Camp Snoopy Theater

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They sung and danced to several Halloween hits like Monster Mash, Addams Family theme, Time Warp, Thriller, etc and had a unique "Peanuts" humor to the whole thing

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It kept the boys entertained the whole time because you could sing and dance in your seat or right in front of the stage.

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Snoopy even joined into the fun. It really was a great show and all the families enjoyed it.

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And of course, after the show we got to meet the gang. We met Snoopy for the 4th time that day.

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and Charlie Brown AND Lucy, who was dressed as a witch.

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Now it was time to check out the Grand Sierra Railroad and the train ride to Camp Spooky.

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Everyone is so excited!!!

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Charlie Brown caught a rock....

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Bigfoot was watching us through the forest. I guess he's taking a break from getting people wet on Bigfoot Rapids.

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Lucy is all packed and ready to go....

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....and of course she has Schroeder to help her carry everything. Poor Schroeder.

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Snoopy and Woodstock are bringing the supplies.

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And Sally is dressed as a cat and trying to catch bats with her butterfly net.

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Almost there!

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A Sulley lookalike from Monster, Inc scares passengers on the train.

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It's our favorite Snoopy relative...Spike! He lives in the desert (like us) and he doesn't mind cactus. Oh, and I guess Jaguar is there too...

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Looks like Sally made it to Camp Spooky and she's already helping everyone out.

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I see you Silver Bullet...I'll ride you another day...

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The Rock Monster and his Rock Band greeted us along the way.

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Schroeder made it to Camp Spooky. Now we have some tunes to dance to.

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Don't forget about Franklin!

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And Snoopy is roasting ghost mellows.

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Time for one quick spin on High Sierra Ferris Wheel.

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Yeah...we saw Snoopy...again.....

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One more relaxing ride on the swings.

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Have I mentioned how great some of the theming and names are for the rides in Camp Spooky? They really are great and Knott's has done a great job with this area.

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One more round on the Huff and Puff before the park closes for Halloween Haunt.

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And Jackson is trying to Huff and Puff his way to the finish line.

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Thanks again Knott's Berry Farm and Camp Spooky for a great family Halloween Event!

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I think our boys enjoyed it.

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