Theme parks across Southern California are going all out to celebrate Halloween. From silly spooks to hair-raising haunts, there’s a perfect park to visit for ghouls and boys of all ages. Read on to discover the best, and most age-appropriate, places to brings your tots and tweens and teens this spooky season.

Knott’s Berry Farm Is Spooky *and* Scary

Knott’s Berry Farm reigns supreme as the largest Halloween experience in Southern California. By day, the park is Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family-friendly Halloween celebration with activities for ages 3-11. Kids can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town, making a stop to get up close and personal with the Creepy Critters of Calico, join an educational/non-scary Dia de los Muertos Celebration, and visit the Ghastly Gallery with live shows and a slate of other entertaining activities. Hop aboard the Grand Sierra Railroad with the Peanuts gang for “A Trip to Camp Spooky,” where they’re holding a Peanuts Costume Contest, Peanuts Dance Party, and live stage shows with all your favorite characters. Various rides inside the park will also have festive, age-appropriate Halloween twists.

When evening falls, guests 13 & up are welcome as the park transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm. Aerial stunt-filled “Paranormal Inc.,” apocalyptic zombie battle “Special Ops: Infected,” and shudder-inducing “The Tooth Fairy” mazes are just a few of the nine terrifying and fully interactive mazes guests will face. Four scare zones will be set up to scare the pants off anyone who dares travels inside. The most terrifying scare zone continues to be the original Ghost Town Streets, where half-human, half-animals prowl the area, and Sliders skid on their knees toward you through the fog. The fog is where you’ll also find the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of undead in the new scare zone, “The Hollow.” Over at the Boardwalk, a freak show full of creepy clowns will capture your undying attention at “CarnEVIL." This is truly for the big kids only!

Knott’s Spooky Farm Dates: Weekends Sept. 30 - Oct. 29 and Halloween Day
Knott’s Scary Farm Dates: Sept. 21 - 23, 28 - 30; Oct. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31

Cost: $40 - $140.99/person. Knott’s Scary Farm is not included in Single Day Admission. Optional add-ons available for Scary Farm Boo-fet + Early Entry, and Fright & Fast Lane. A Scary Farm Pass for $95 grants you admission for every night of Knott’s Scary Farm.

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park

Online: knotts.com

photo: Knott's Berry Farm

Have you had a frighteningly good time at any of these SoCal spots? Give us your scary good inside tips for having the best time at theme parks for the holidays!

—Kellie Fell