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Review: Knott’s still working out the kinks in Halloween Haunt 2016

Review: Knott’s still working out the kinks in Halloween Haunt 2016

After 44 years, Knott’s Berry Farm should have Halloween Haunt down to an exact science.

I visited the Buena Park theme park for Thursday’s opening night and found Haunt 2016 to be very much a work in progress.

The chief offenders this season were the upcharge Skeleton Key rooms. In years past, the Skeleton Key rooms were intense live-action scenes that set up the backstory in some of the mazes for those willing to pay extra for the experience.

But that arrangement created logistical problems: Some mazes had three queues -- Skeleton Key, upcharge front-of-line access and regular ticket holders.

This year, Knott’s decided to break the four Skeleton...

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