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    Is it Worth it to go to Knott’s Scary Farm?

    Cora Derby
    Knott’s creates the perfect atmosphere for spooky season!

    Screech! A roller coaster passes by at an extremely fast speed! A heart-wrenching scream comes from behind you, and you know what is coming. You quickly walk through a dark, spooky alley, and reach an area so foggy that you are unable to see what is in front of you. That’s when a grim reaper jumps out of nowhere and starts to chase after you until the path’s clearing. Taking a sigh of relief, you thought you were safe; until you notice a creepy clown lurking behind you. Soon enough, you are the one screaming, running away as if your life depended on it.

    Many love the thrill of a fright at Knott’s Scary farm, while others prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes. Going to a scary haunted house or a pumpkin patch can be a fun fall activity, but nothing compares to Knott’s.

    If you go to Knott’s Scary Farm, walking through a maze must be on your to-do list. They can be found all throughout the park, and are spooky fun! All have a certain theme to them, along with a series of different rooms with scare actors. Pumpkin Eater, Waxworks, and Bloodline are all very popular mazes among Knott’s. Jump scares are very frequent throughout the buildings, almost every five seconds, so those who do not have a high fear tolerance may want to step out on this occasion.

    Knott’s also has countless rides and roller coasters to go on. Some are decorated for Halloween, while others appear in their normal state. The Calico Mining shaft is all candy-themed, while roller coasters, such as Hangtime, seem to have no decorations at all. The spook of a roller coaster isn’t for everyone, but many find rides very enjoyable. “Although they are scary, they offer me a feeling of pleasure and excitement,” commented Emily Dai (10).

    If you go to Knott’s scary farm, expect to be frightened by scary actors countless times throughout your visit. There are certain areas where actors like to linger around, usually spaces that are dark and foggy. Some will talk to you, and then surprise you with a scary twist in their actions. Others will run up to you and make loud noises, or simply follow you from behind. Some will even just walk past you, and the unpredictable turns the actors make cause the fear that they draw into visitors of Knott’s.

    Although they are scary, they offer me a feeling of pleasure and excitement.

    — Emily Dai (10)

    Although some come to Knott’s Scary Farm for the thrill of jump-scares, others would prefer to have a much calmer experience at the amusement park. Therefore, Knott’s created special necklaces customers can buy, which light up a blue color in the dark. These warn actors not to scare the person wearing them, and to simply walk past the said person; although, anti-scare necklaces do not work in mazes. Those who do not come to Knott’s for the scares usually come for the spooky ambiance. Decorations such as pumpkins, purple and orange lights, and fog make for a nice Halloween vibe. There are also many places to take photos in the park, such as at the main entrance and next to scary statues. Some scare actors will even let you take photos with them if you ask, but be warned, they will always remain in character.

    The good quality of food at Knott’s Berry Farm is a factor one can always rely on during their stay, and the same goes for Scary Farm. Funnel cakes, dip-in-dots, cotton candy, churros, popcorn, fast food, and restaurants can all be found throughout the park’s boundaries. Their deliciousness is something many people look forward to and enjoy.

    Despite all of the fun activities at the park, there are some annoyances that come with going to Knott’s. First of all, the crowds; especially on weekends, can get overwhelmingly filled. As a result, wait times can become extremely long, some going up to over two hours. Also, people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone over the age of 21. This makes it difficult for some of the youth, such as the younger students at Yorba Linda High School, to even get into the park. These restrictions can take a huge toll on one’s attitude towards going to Knott’s.

    One question you still might have is, “What about the pricing of Scary Farm?” Tickets are about $85 to get admitted into Knott’s, although some days it is cheaper to get in compared to others. Weekdays, for instance, can have less pricey tickets, compared to weekends. A Wednesday will definitely have better pricing than a Friday at Knott’s. Food can also get quite expensive at the amusement park, especially when it comes down to getting a drink. At some places in Knott’s Scary Farm, one small water bottle can be $5! The expense of the park may also change some people’s thoughts about their visit.

    Overall, with all of the pros and cons of Knott’s Scary Farm, is it worth it to go there? Although the annoyances of Knott’s might throw some people off, there really isn’t any other park that can provide the same exact experience as Knott’s.

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    Cora Derby
    Cora Derby, Photojournalist
    Cora Derby is a sophomore at Yorba Linda High School, and this is her first year writing for The Wrangler. She loves to read, write, draw, bake, and crochet in her free time. Cora enjoys cozy days indoors and rainy weather, where she can spend the day working on all of her hobbies. She has a hamster named George that owns an Instagram page, containing mostly holiday-inspired photos of him. Currently, Cora is working hard in school and is trying to become more involved in her classes. Her favorite subject is Language Arts, in which she can use her writing abilities. She is excited for the incoming school year and looks forward to starting a path in journalism.

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