When Knott’s Halloween Haunt attraction designer Jon Cooke pitched the idea for a haunted maze set inside a theme park ride, everybody had the same response: “How have we not done this already?”
The new Dark Ride haunted maze at Knott’s Scary Farm takes “trespassers” inside the abandoned Castle of Chaos attraction populated by the carnies, clowns and freaks who lost their jobs when the theme park went belly up. With no other place to live, society’s outcasts defend their home from any and all intruders.
“I think there’s something off-putting about something that’s supposed to be happy and smiley that is falling apart and deteriorating.” Cooke said.
Cooke gave me a...