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...
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.
The night before we went to the park, we headed over to Snoopy Headquarters to check things out. Griffin found Charlie Brown!
Every character to could ever want.
Jackson was very precise and made sure all the magnets were in order....
....until Griffin mixed them up again.
I think Griffin is ready to meet some characters tomorrow!
We ate dinner at Amber Waves at the hotel. If you stay at the hotel, you get 20% your meal!
The food was delicious and they even had food for kids with allergies so Jackson was happy!
The next morning, the boys were ready to meet the Peanuts Gang with their Charlie Brown shirts!
We are at the entrance...ready for the day...
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.
Then we got to meet Snoopy.
My boys loved Snoopy (as you will see later in the report).
This is the first of many times we got to meet Snoopy today! Griffin is still in awe that he's meeting him.
Time to head into Spooky Farm
As always, Sierra Sidewinder greets you as you enter....it might just be me but I really dislike where they placed that ride.
Sierra Sidewinder doing it's spinning thing.
Time to pilot the Red Baron and shoot down the World War I flying Ace.
Jackson is at the controls while Griffin is in the back making sure he keeps his eye on Snoopy.
"Curse you Red Baron!"
Some of the scenery around Camp Spooky
Time to venture across the bridges and into the caves.
Nothing scary in here during the day but both the boys love how they got to go into a real cave!
Next was the Camp Bus
They all were so excited to ride a School Bus. Unfortunately, none of them knew what the ride did....
...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.
After the disaster that was the Camp Bus...it was time for something a little slower.
Huff and Puff was one of my favorite rides as a young kid....
....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.
Next up, time to ride a Hot Air Balloon.
Griffin is picking out the color balloon he wants.
He has his eye on the green one.
Griffin is excited he got the Green one and he's ready to go!
I see you back there Monte!
Great view of Montezooma's Revenge from the Balloon Race. So a great ride!
Another ride in Camp Spooky
Nothing better than strapping your kids into a contraption where they are facing straight down.
We saw Snoopy again so we had to meet him.
The boys really loved Snoopy.
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.
Jackson is planning where to go to next. He sees a Merry Go Round on the map...time to head out!
It's time for the Merry Go Round.....
.....and of course Jackson decides to pick the seat....that doesn't go up and down.....I'm super thrilled!
Griffin named his horse Snoopy.
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.
Jackson was watching out for the robbers that were going to board the train.
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.
Jackson has almost the whole collection from Disneyland and California Adventure, and now he has the whole collection from Knott's Berry Farm.
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.
Do not believe this post!
90% of the time, I am sarcastic all the time...it's science!
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