UPDATE October 1 - With Knott's Scary Farm in full flow, it appears that there has been another change to the chaperone policy. Starting September 29, one chaperone (age 21+) is now able to escort five minors (under the age of 18). It seems attendance is lower than normal as a result of the chaperone policy which came into effect on July 22, following the incident of fighting in the park on July 16 when the park was forced to close three hours early.
Not only can one chaperone now escort five minors but if they do bring five minors, they are eligible to get a complimentary ticket for the evening.
For further information on the chaperone policy at Knott's Berry Farm, check out the code of conduct on the official website.
August 22 - We found out last week that the chaperone policy for anyone under 18 will be in place on every night of Knott's Scary Farm and we now know the full line up for this year's event.
Here is a quick run down of Mazes, Scare Zones, Shows and Experiences:
- Bloodline 1842
- Dark Entities
- Dark Ride: Castle of Chaos
- Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind
- Origins: The Curse of Calico
- Pumpkin Eater
- The Depths
- The Grimoire
- Wax Works
- Forsaken Lake
- Ghost Town Streets
- Gore-ing '20s
- The Hollow
- Carnaval du Grotesque
- Conjurers – Dark Magic
- Puppet Up! - Uncensored
- Into the Fog: A Scary Farm Tribute Art Show
- Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny
Knott's Scary Farm kicks off on September 22 and runs on select nights until October 31, 2022. To check out further details, teaser videos and to book tickets, with prices starting from $59 plus applicable taxes and fees, head to the official website.
What are you most looking forward to about Knott's Scary Farm? Let us know by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
UPDATE August 16 - Since the chaperone policy came into place on July 22, after the incident which took place on July 16 where multiple fights broke out inside the park which led to it having to close early, attendance in the park has declined. This doesn't seem to have put Knott's Berry Farm off though. They are holding strong with this new policy and it has now been announced that it has been extended again.
The chaperone policy was first extended on July 27 to include Sunday evenings as well as Friday and Saturday evenings. It has now been announced that the chaperone policy will be in place on every evening of Knott's Berry Farm's upcoming Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm which runs:
- September 22 - October 30 (Thu, Sun)7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
- September 23 - October 29 (Fri, Sat)7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
- October 19 (Wed)7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
- October 31 (Mon)7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Knott's Scary Farm is usually a very popular event for teenagers but with this new strict chaperone policy in place it is likely to put a lot of them off. However, it will be a good thing for those aged 18 and over as the event is likely to be less crowded.
UPDATE July 27 - A new chaperone requirement for Friday and Saturday nights at Knott's Berry Farm was added starting July 22, following the incident on July 16 when the park had to close three hours early due to multiple fights. This chaperone policy has obviously been working very well as Knott's Berry Farm has now made the decision to extend this to include "Sundays, and may add other days of the week as necessary." This has been taken from their updated safety policy. This is a major change to the safety policy and aims to ensure that a repeat of the multiple fights from July 16 and park closure is not repeated.
UPDATE July 21 - Knott's Berry Farm has taken the incident on Saturday night, where multiple fights broke out at the park causing it to have to close three hours early, very seriously. The park released a statement yesterday which reads:
"For decades, Knott’s Berry Farm has been a place where families and friends come together to enjoy our one-of-a-kind park. Millions of guests have counted on us for their daily dose of wholesome family fun, and we’re committed to keeping that promise going forward."
"As part of that commitment, the park will implement a chaperone policy beginning Friday, July 22, 2022, remaining in effect on Fridays and Saturdays until further notice."
"Under the policy, all guests ages 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old to be admitted to the park. The chaperone must present a valid photo ID with date of birth. One chaperone may accompany no more than three guests ages 17 or younger per day. Chaperones must accompany their party during entry, remain with their party at all times during their visit to the park, and be available by phone throughout their stay. Guests ages 17 years old or younger who are found inside the park unaccompanied by a chaperone will be subject to ejection."
"This chaperone requirement applies to all Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark ticket and season passholders."
So, from July 22, this new chaperone policy will come into effect on Friday and Saturday nights for the foreseeable future. This new policy aims at preventing further instances of fighting and unacceptable behavior in the park. This week there has been much concern online from guests about safety with some deciding to cancel their season passes as a result.
We hope that this new policy will see Knott's Berry Farm return to being a park which can be enjoyed by everyone. Do you think this is a good idea? Is it enough? Would it give you more confidence to visit Knott's Berry Farm on a Friday and Saturday night? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
UPDATE July 20 - there have been online reports from numerous Knott's Berry Farm Season Passholders who have made the decision to cancel their passes as a result of the altercations and violent behavior displayed on Saturday night at the park which forced it to close three hours early.
The incident on Saturday night seems to have had a large effect on some fans and this is certainly bad news for Knott's Berry Farm. There is always the chance at a busy theme park that fights may occur but for some passholders due to the number of fights and impact they had this has been enough for them to decide to cancel their passes. It is likely that Knott's Berry Farm will lose a good number of passholders in the coming weeks. We are hoping that the park sees a more settled time for the rest of the summer and it can rebuild guest confidence again.
July 17 - It has been reported by the LA Times that Knott's Berry Farm was forced to close three hours early on Saturday night after multiple fights broke out in the park and numerous calls were made to 911 from guests saying they had heard shots fired.
Buena Park police officers determined after investigating the incident that no shots were actually fired. Guests frantically fled the park to escape the commotion with staff exits also opened to ensure guests could leave as quickly as possible.
A statement released by Knott's Berry Farm said, “On Saturday evening, the decision was made to close the park three hours early due to unruly behavior and altercations involving a number of teenagers. This behavior did not align with our park’s values, and was not the experience we want any guest to have while visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.”
It has been reported by Fox 11 that three people were injured in the fights with two of those taken to hospital. Knott's Berry Farm was supposed to be open until 11:00PM on Saturday night. Knott's Berry Farm will reopen today.
Unfortunately, at any large gathering there is the potential for there to be altercations which can lead to fights, unacceptable and dangerous behavior forcing closures in order to keep guests safe. Let us know your experience of last night if you witnessed this incident at Knott's Berry Farm by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.