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The Halloween season has arrived and while theme parks remain closed, Knott’s Berry Farm introduces a new Halloween experience that will entertain adults and children of all ages. Those looking to participate in Halloween festivities while still being safe and responsible can visit Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween food festival.

Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes and many have incorporated themed face masks into their attire. Die-hard Knotts’s fans showed up in full western attire, rivaling Knott’s Ghost Town’s undead performers.

Knott’s has amped up their safety protocols to follow California guidelines. There are signs throughout the park indicating which way guests can travel and social distance markers showing guests where to stand. Employees also can be seen controlling foot traffic whenever an area begins to get too crowded.

The extensive amount of signs seemed to work as all guests kept their masks on and could only be seen with it off while eating or drinking in dining areas. Employees can be seen at all times spraying and sanitizing picnic areas.

Knotts’ ghost town’s ambiance gives anyone who is longing for the return of Knott’s Scary Farm a sense of nostalgia. The traditional ghosts and skeletons decorate the Gold Trails Hotel, whose eeriness is amplified at sunset as lights wash over the buildings in blue, green, and purple hues.

Fall-O-Ween menu must include the creepy cheesy burger slider, graveyard funnel cake, cookies and scream whoopie pie, and the grim reaper sandwich.

Coasters diner, which is located in Knott’s boardwalk area, incorporates a Southern California favorite into their menu. The Flaming Hot Cheetos. Guests can order Diablo fries which are served dripping with chili cheese, crispy jalapeño strips, and covered with an excessive amount of  Hot Cheetos powder that will leave their fingers stained blood-red. Those who aren’t used to the Hot Cheetos’ flaming inferno should have a boysenberry beer or blood orange lemonade on hand.

Knott’s Fiesta Village area has been transformed into a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration featuring a skeletal DJ playing a variety of music and Halloween themed songs. Adults can enjoy sipping on a michelada while children play the nearby carnival games. Enhanced procedures have gone into carnival gameplay, including frequent stand sanitation and equipment sanitation after every use. The nearby fiesta booth allows 21 and over guests to bring out their inner wolfman with its Full Moon mint julep. A savory drink that’s enhanced by its lemonade and blackberry flavors.   

Tickets for Knott’s Fall-O-Ween must be purchased before visiting in order to limit guest capacity. The limiting of guests provides a pleasurable experience eliminating the long lines usually associated with theme parks.

Admission is 35$ for adults and gets guests 5 tastings of their choice from any of the dozens of food and drink booths throughout the park. Children’s admission is 20$, which allows up to 3 tastings and a pass into Camp Snoopy’s trick-or-treat trail. Taste of Fall-O-Ween runs Saturdays, Sundays, and select Thursdays now through Nov. 1st.

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