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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.