Knott’s Taste of Fall-o-ween is a hidden gem that is not to be missed this Halloween season. In fact, it may very well be the most positive entertainment highlight of 2020. It has redefined what a “Knott’s Spooky Farm” can really offer. This can easily be the start of a new seasonal offering warrant its own separate hard-ticket event on non-scary Farm days. An equal competitive match against Disney’s Halloween Parties. In fact, Disney could learn a lesson or two from Knott’s.
The event doesn’t give a hint of feeling slapped together at the last minute. It’s well thought out given the health restrictions from putting on full shows and ride experiences. The operation gives a sense this was planned well over a year in advance.
If you ever experienced and enjoyed Ghost Town Alive! in the summers at Knott’s Berry Farm, you’ll love their Halloween edition! The spirits of Calico become the undead in the daytime. They’ll also energetically coax guests into returning to the town at nightfall to experience Calico like never before with colorful lighting and breezy fog effects. Even the recorded spiel played over the park speakers offer fun character-themed safety reminders.
The cemetery rises with the spellbinding immersion of ghostly projections highlighting a grave of a citizen that once walked the earth. You may have even already met their spirit earlier in the day! Makes a Disney fan want to see Disney imitate this creativity for their Haunted Mansion queue.
If anyone has been sore or timid about missing out on the previous food events at Knott’s Berry Farm, Taste of Fall-o-ween blows away all prior conceptions. Not only is the atmosphere and interaction the most extensive, but the food quality has also been raised another level. Any negative aspects from before were practically forgotten.
If you plan on only spending a couple of hours in the park, you might as well just spend the whole day and night. It really does bring a little bit of joy the world could use right now. Alongside even more hand sanitizer stations, seating, social distance markers, pre-recorded safety reminders, face masks, and limited park capacity.
Food quality and portion size have stepped up this season. The pastrami items are very flavorful. The side tip of the soft-serve ice cream on the Graveyard Funnel cake made it look like a witch’s hat. A sweet but not overpowering treat. The pumpkin spice ratio in the Pumpkin Bun will test your taste buds. Cannoli contained a pumpkin pie-like filling. Riblets look sad with its over-sized paper plate, yet still tasty. Vegetarian Meatball made me forget there was no meat used.
The sweet potato waffle fries are delicious in their own right. The aroma alone from the curry was to die for. The Cookiewich uses soft serve in Calico and hand-scooped in the Boardwalk. But equally messy. The Boysenberry smoothie was rich even in the small cup size. I was too full to try the Pumpkin Spice Pecan Crumble Bar in the park. So I took it home and later ate it with whip cream topping. Verdict: So Good! And very sharable.
Camp Snoopy is its own slice of family-friendly adventure that becomes Camp Spooky upon nightfall. Trick-or-treating for candy is an additional cost for adults but is included in children’s Taste Cards. Or just skip the candy and be taken on a delightful stroll through this end of the theme park. It’s not uncommon to take a daylight AND nightlight tour. You’ll also have a better chance at spotting the Headless Horseman riding here on the search for a head to chop.
Ghost Town comes ALIVE in the evening. The ‘Into the Fog’ art exhibit makes a triumphant return just across from the awaiting Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair 4D interactive dark ride.
Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt may be canceled for 2020, but Knott’s Berry Farm rose to the challenge and excelled beyond any expectations. Treat yourself to a day of Halloween fun with Knott’s Taste of Fall-o-ween at Knott’s Berry Farm before tickets sell out. Tasting Cards available online at www.knotts.com. The event operates Friday through Sundays until November 1, 2020, but as of the publication date, the event is sold out.