Knott’s Scary Farm summons new thrills for 2013 Halloween season, adding Elvira and secret Skeleton Key access

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The original theme park haunt, Knott’s Scary Farm is amping up thrills this year with extra entertainment and a few unique new ideas that put a spooky spin on the Halloween season.

New for 2013, the Fright Lane with Skeleton Key option offers guests unlimited priority access to 11 mazes all night long. The Skeleton Key, which Knott’s calls an industry first, will “unlock” a secret extra room that dares guests to delve deeper into the mysterious backstories of five mazes. Inside, guests will learn more terrifying details about the creatures and monsters that inhabit each maze in an intimate and interactive prologue to terror.

The mazes participating in the bonus Skeleton Key experience are Black Magic, Gunslinger’s Grave, ENDGAMES: Warriors of the Apocalypse, Dominion of the Dammed, and Uncle Willy’s Slaughter House.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will also be returning to Knott’s with an all-new show, Elvira’s Sinema Séance, also holding a special merchandise signing event, Elvira’s Boo-tique Experience, for a few lucky fans each night in which a limited number of guests who purchase at least $40 of Elvira merchandise during Scary Farm operating hours at the Ride Warriors shop will receive a commemorative ticket offering a chance to meet Elvira and collect her signature.

Here’s a rundown of all the new and returning mazes at Knott’s Scary Farm this year:

New Mazes

Trapped: The New Experiment
Making its debut in 2012, Trapped was Knott’s Scary Farm’s first reservation only, interactive maze – and was an immediate sell-out. Trapped: The New Experiment returns bigger and more intense than its predecessor. For those lucky enough to secure a reservation, Trapped will offer a longer running time, more challenging puzzles, more mind-bending contraptions, and more in-your-face scares.

Black Magic
The veil between the living and the dead is severed when Houdini’s ghost materializes during a séance and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes on his theatre. From the prop room to the main stage this dilapidated theatre will make visitors skin crawl. Will you be part of the disappearing act?

The twisted mind of Edgar Allen Poe comes alive as the “Forevermore Killer” works his way through one haunting tale after another. All the victims unwittingly find themselves a part of “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” The Masque of Red Death” among other horrific stories. Guests will want to catch up on their reading to stay a chapter ahead of their demise.

The Gunslinger’s Grave
Return to the Old West and walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path to retribution against a corrupt township. This journey back in time takes guests on a trail of terror through abandoned gold mines, a treacherous corral, a seedy saloon and a final showdown at town hall.

Mirror, Mirror
Enter a world where madness is just a looking glass away. What is real and what is an illusion? A cursed mirror absorbs everyone into a mechanical wasteland of despair. Hideous creatures of beauty and horror stalk the mirror world, hoping to draw another victim into a nightmarish labyrinth.

Dominion of the Damned
The Blood Queen’s reign has ended, but the seductive vampires continue to lure unsuspecting guests into this gothic lair of terror. Ancient vampire lore decrees there shall always be one to rule the damned.

Returning Mazes

Pinocchio Unstrung
Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, but Pinocchio has returned with an army of murderous marionettes intent on killing his former masters. The purpose of his killing spree – human flesh to cover his twisted wooden body. Revenge comes with no strings attached.

In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of insanity, lies the hellish wasteland of delirium; a place so gruesome that your imagination fails to comprehend the horrors. Illusion and paranoia are your only anchors to reality. Welcome to your worst nightmare!

Trick or Treat
Trick or treat, which will it be? Step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell. Oh, she is home, but where? You are not quite sure. Don’t be afraid, her minions will guide you. I am sure that the tales of the many Hallows Eve victims are just that. You can come away with a treat, but is it worth it?

ENDGAMES: Warriors of the Apocalypse
The world as we know it has ended. The survivors in this barren desert have scavenged to rebuild society. The rich and the powerful have turned all others into slaves for sport. Enter the post apocalyptic arena where gladiators are forced to battle to their deaths for entertainment. Are you game?

Uncle Willy’s Slaughterhouse
Folks near and far come a-runnin’ for Farmer Willy’s world famous BBQ! Guests are welcome to venture through the Slaughterhouse where Uncle Willy will feed them full of BBQ, slather them with special sauce, tenderize them with his chainsaw and grind them into a tasty treat. Bone appetite!

The Witch’s Keep
Many years ago, The Green Witch uncovered a wicked source of power in the depths of the Calico Mine, and now she’s hell-bent on using this mysterious energy to capture and corrupt all who dare enter. Could this be the origin of her wretched Tricksters? A foreboding warning hangs near the entrance of the mine, “Beware the witch’s keep!”

In addition, plenty of scare zones and shows will keep the Halloween fun continuing throughout the evening, especially with the popular show “The Hanging” skewering pop culture.

Naturally, the haunted evening event also offers access to Knott’s theme park coasters, including GhostRider, Silver Bullet, and the new Coast Rider.

Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt dates are September 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 30-31, November 1-2, 2013. More information can be found at

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