Spooky Season has arrived!
The wind is chilled, the leaves are changing, and through this period of transition, we find a reinvigorated sense of adventure.
Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to inspire and encourage your new found Fall feelings! Let’s dig into the spirit of the season together, as we take you on a journey of some of the best Halloween Town destinations on the West Coast! It’s time to pack up your costumes, consolidate your candy, and hit the open road on a Halloween destination vacation.
The third stop on our West Coast tour of Halloween Towns is the original home for Knott’s Scary Farm, Buena Park, CA!
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A Brief History of Buena Park
Every year, Buena Park, California undergoes a transformation into a town of terror between September and October, offering a plethora of spook-tastic events for the Halloween enthusiast. From long nights of thrills to family-friendly experiences, (including the world-famous Knott’s Scary Farm,) Buena Park has something to offer everyone during this haunting time of year.
The story of Buena Park dates back to 1783 when California belonged to Spain. After the conclusion of the Mexican war (1846-48), and a series of hand changes, Buena Park was finally put on the map as a Southern California dairy center. It wasn’t until Walter and Cordelia Knott purchased 20 acres of land in 1920 that the town started it’s path towards becoming the Halloween Capital of California.
The Knotts established Knott’s Berry Farm, and travelers would come from miles around to taste the results of their delicious crops at Cordelia’s tea room. The family restaurants grew so much in popularity, that the Knott family eventually created their first attraction – Ghost Town. Since 1934, 20,000,000 patrons have visited Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, and Knott’s Berry Farm has grown into one of the most popular family amusement parks in the country.
Top 3 Halloween Activities
- 1Knott's Scary FarmKnott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else. The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows, and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. These haunted attractions have the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare. But unlike most dreams, Knott’s Scary Farm is a nightmare you can’t wake up from -- which makes it the thing to do for Halloween. Knott’s Scary Farm is not recommended for children under 13. All guests, regardless of age, need to have their own paid admission ticket.
- 2Knott's Spooky FarmEnjoy the spooktacular Halloween season at Knott”s Spooky Farm, an event full of Halloween activities for kids ages 3-11. Little ghouls can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town to collect sweet Halloween treats. Fun Halloween-themed shows are in store. Guests of all ages can learn about the creepy crawly critters occupying Ghost Town”s Livery Stable.
- 3Tanaka Farm Pumpkin PatchIt's the Great Pumpkin! Tanaka Farms has been a go-to destination for visitors and locals alike for all of their pumpkin patch needs! But it's not only future jack-o-lanters that calls the crowds to Tanaka Farms. They also have unlimited wagon rides, barnyard education, a pumpkin cannon (that's right, they shoot pumpkins out of a cannon), a veggitable patch, Tanaka Grill, and so much more! This destination promises to be fun for the whole family.