Not-So-Scary Halloween at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Camp Spooky

Halloween at an amusement park can make for a hauntingly good time but sometimes children aren’t quite ready for the ghouls, goblins and other scary fare that lurks around every corner. I’m thankful many amusement parks are making their Halloween celebrations a little less creepy—as my family discovered recently during a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

Knott's Berry Farm's Camp Spooky sign

Knott’s offers super-scary experiences during its nighttime Halloween Haunt program, where monsters, zombies and evil clowns freely roam the park grounds. But during the light of day, the under-12 set can enjoy a kinder, gentler Halloween experience by visiting Camp Spooky—where the shows, rides and activities are decked out in a fun and welcoming way.

Knott's Camp Spooky children in Halloween costumes

Camp Spooky offers a variety of activities for kids to enjoy. Located inside what’s normally called Camp Snoopy, kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to the park. My kids went as a power couple: Cleopatra and the Werewolf.

Knott's Camp Snoopy Halloween maze

Camp Spooky offers the Spooky Ookie Scavenger Hunt, which sends kids on a search through Camp Spooky with clues in hand. My kids enjoyed figuring out all of the clues together and racing to the next location to pick up a little sweet treat.

Knott's Berry Farm Camp Snoopy Halloween scavenger hunt

Cleopatra and the Werewolf were delighted to complete the Great Pumpkin maze and be rewarded with a small package of M&Ms at the end.

Knott's Berry Farm Halloween cookie decorating

Kids can also decorate Halloween cookies for a small fee, or take in the Peanuts Halloween Spooktacular show for a rockin’ good time. Park staff tell not-so-spooky stories at the Grizzly Creek Lodge, and the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave offers kids a closeup look at some slimy, slithery creatures. My kids inhaled their fun pumpkin cookies the minute they were done decorating!

Knott's Camp Snoopy Halloween Ferris wheel

All of the Camp Spooky activities are located within a small, contained area of the park, making it easy for parents pushing strollers and trick-or-treating toddlers to complete all of the activities without getting too tired. There are several fun rides targeted at small fry in Camp Spooky as well. My 7-year-old daughter enjoyed the small Ferris wheel and Lucy’s Tugboat ride while completing the scavenger hunt.

Halloween Snoopy Knott's Berry Farm

We weren’t escaping from Knott’s Berry Farm without a few character photos! Snoopy and the whole gang were decked out in Halloween costumes of their own.

Camp Snoopy runs weekends October 6-28 and is included with regular park admission. If you find yourself in Southern California at Halloween time, you’ll definitely want to check out this safe and fun Halloween event at Knott’s Berry Farm.

What is your family’s favorite Halloween-time activity? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Organized Travel Mama: Thank you to Knott’s Berry Farm for providing my family with complimentary park passes.

About Gigi Ross, The Organized Travel Mama

Gigi Ross, The Organized Travel Mama, is a regular contributor to TravelMamas.com. She is a tech-obsessed mom who’s lived in eight different cities in the last fifteen years. Her blog, KludgyMom is a sometimes-snappish, sometimes-heartfelt take on parenting and pop culture. Gigi’s writing has been featured at Babble.com, BlogHer and Mamapedia. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband and two kids, who are all scheming to rid her of her fear of camping. Connect with Gigi on Twitter as @KludgyMom.

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