KNOTT’S TASTE OF FALL-O-WEEN is here and it is an absolutely adorable and perfect way to celebrate the fall season in a family-friendly environment that is full of fun sights, entertainment, and a TON of good eats, sweets, and treats.
Knott’s Berry Farm invited us to come check out the first weekend of the event and to taste some of the menu offerings that are part of the event so we invite you now to take a look at summer 2020 KNOTT’S TASTE OF FALL-O-WEEN! ENJOY!
As with just about most things during these times, you want to try to avoid peak times if you want to stay away from crowds. By not arriving for opening, you avoid lines of people waiting for the event to start.
Purchase of a Tasting Card is required to access the park. This must be purchased online and you pick it up at the turnstile after scanning your E-ticket/printout. Keep in mind, Tasting Cards are date-specific to help control event crowding and ensure social distancing.
- $35 for adults for 5 tastes
- $20 for ages 3-11 for 3 tastes
- Includes 1 trip through Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail
If you’re a 2020 Season Passholder you can save 10% on the purchase of Tasting Cards.
Know Before You Go
- When you average out 5 tastings over the $35 adult price you, find that you’re paying $7 for each tasting item.
- The Tasting Cards don’t have tear-away tabs. Instead, they feature a QR code that is scanned at each vending location.
- Keep track of how many redemptions you’ve made on your card! Since you don’t have tabs to keep track for you, it can get tricky remembering how many are left. This especially gets tricky after you’ve had a Boysenberry Cider… or two!
- Re-entry IS allowed during the event. Your photo is taken before entering.
And now, a taste of the event…
The Great Pumpkin Bun
The Great Pumpkin Bun is Deep Fried Cinnamon Roll with a Pumpkin Icing and sprinkles. It’s magical and absolutely a must-try offering for the event.
Coniferous Cannoli is filled with with a Pumpkin Mascarpone filling and Pecans. It’s pretty good, great fall flavors here.
Buffalo Cauliflower BITES
Battered Buffalo Cauliflower Florets were surprisingly tasty. Deep Fried Cauliflower tossed in House Buffalo Sauce over Spring Mix and Cotija Cheese. Great textures.
Pastrami Tater Tots
Pastrami Tater Tots are an undeniable winner. Hot Pastrami, Diced Garlic Pickles, Mornay Cheese Sauce over Tater Tots, served with Boysenberry Mustard. We went back for seconds.
Diablo Fries are what you yearn for in a chili cheese fry. Crispy French Fries, flavorful Chili, Shredded Cheese, Hot Cheeto Powder, and Crispy Jalapeno Strips. YUM! This is a huge portion and definitely a satisfying option.
Beeting Hearts Salad
Beeting Hearts Salad is a perfect mid-adventure pacer meal inbetween heavy, sweet, and fried offerings. Mixed Greens, Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Beets, Butternut Squash and Toasted Pepita’s with a Raspberry Vinaigrette.
Delightful and refreshing, the Acai Bowl is topped with Pumpkin Granola, Banana’s, Berries and Almond Butter. The portion is quite large and it’s a delightful alternative to some of the cloyingly sweet options available.
Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese is a perfectly acceptable bowl of a familiar dish with ground beef mixed in and then topped with Bacon and a Panko Crumb Topping. Not a standout but nice and satisfying.
Butternut Squash Soup
Get those fall vibes in with Butternut Squash Soup in a Bread Bowl with Chives. Thick and creamy!
Grim Reaper Sandwich
Grim Reaper Sandwich-Prime Rib Sandwich was unfortunately pretty forgettable served on a Hoagie Bun with a Horseradish Sauce.
Burnt Ends Riblets
Burnt Ends Riblets served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes was good but quite a small serving. Pretty tasty but perhaps not the best bang for your buck.
Orange Creamsicle Float
Orange Creamsicle Icee Float offers that classic flavor profile you know so well with Orange Cream Icee and Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream.
Blood Orange Lemonade
Blood Orange Lemonade was sadly very disappointing. Too tart with not enough sweetness and yet it also tasted a little watered down. Definitely skip.
Full Moon Mint Julep
Blackberry, lemonade, mint, create an irresistable sweet treat with a floating lychee fruit moon.
With warm temperatures, the Boysenberry Smoothie really hits the spot. It’s mega sweet but super satisfying. It’s the right slap of boysenberry flavor to accent a culinary adventure in the way only Knott’s can provide. Paper straws are a bit of a drag so make sure to pick up an extra one if you’re a slow sipper.
Hungry for more? Check out a full listing of all the food and drink options available for the event:
The Treat Trail
Included with all child’s admission is a trip through the Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail. With the child’s landyard you can get redemption for the treat bag to collect candy along the trail.
A word to the wise: although the Treat Trail takes up the entirety of Camp Snoopy, the entrance is actually at the BACK of the land starting in Fiesta Village. The regular main entrance is used as the exit.
The trail is open for everyone to walk through but the treat stops require the special redemption bag that you pick up at the entrance near Fiesta Village.
Several clearly marked Treat Spots are available.
Keep an eye out for the peanuts characters. They will lead the way to the start of the line for a Treat Spot because sometimes the kiosks are a little hidden out of view!
The trail is filled with a bunch of fun surprises for the littles and also fans of Scary Farm! You might even spot a few familiar faces…
Other surprises will look familiar to fans of Knott’s Scary Farm.
Skeletons have invaded Camp Snoopy and have taken to all the attractions! Beware of the Kevins!
Scare Crow. Get it?
Cookie Decorating AND Pumpkin Decorating are available for extra costs.
Into the Fog Exhibit
The “Into the Fog” is an all-new art show with over 45 new art pieces celebrating the scary season. Some really fun and great pieces to be found within — located near Charleston Circle.
Entertainment is tricky when you’re trying to prevent people from crowding. Similar to the Taste of Knott’s event, you can still find some ways to find entertainment during your visit.
Ghost Town ghosts have run amok!
Keep an eye out for playful spooks all around the Ghost Town!
Sad-Eye Joe is feeling chatty if you want to pay him a visit.
Blacksmithing is always fun to watch in Ghost Town.
Various seating areas are augmented with a DJ spinning tunes to add a sense of vibrancy to the area. We saw this here at Fiesta Plaza and also in Charleston Circle.
As with our previous experience at the Knott’s Taste of Halloween, we found the event to be well paced. Some of the most popular menu items are duplicated at various booths to help ensure more evenly spread crowds and reduce wait times.
One thing we definitely found this time around though was that it seemed decidedly much busier than our previous two visits. Assuming the park has increased capacity for this event (since more of it is now open than in the previous events) I’d say they might be exactly at that level of everything feeling well spaced in terms of crowds. Saturday when we were there was sold out.
At a few points during the day we did find a few choke points that were SLIGHTLY uncomfortable but nothing that waiting a few minutes — or even just seconds — for the crowds to thin didn’t solve. There’s a lot of ebbs and flows. As always, personal comfort level comes into play here and while we would have liked the event to be just a tiny bit less crowded we wouldn’t say it felt over sold or unsafe.
Tables and shade are found all over the park in places you might not have previously expected but it also felt overall that there were slightly less tables than we remember at the earlier two events this year which made finding a place to sit just slightly harder than it was before.
A Relax Zone is set up at the Mystery Lodge where you can escape, sit, and remove your mask if needed. Otherwise, face coverings are required everywhere else in the park except when eating or drinking.
The event T-shirt can be purchased WITH the event pin for just $16.99!
Stores in and around Ghost Town are open offering familiar assortments of boysenberry, pumpkin, and other park merchandise. Plus, local crafters and vendors bring their unique assortment of color and craft to the park to round out the experience.
Around the Farm
Fun decor and photo-ops can be found all around the park.
The mouse is dead.
The new marquee over the entrance to the upcoming Knott’s Bear-y Tales attraction is adorable with spinning and whirring cogs and machine pieces.
Special precautions are in effect in the Marketplace as well with controlled entry as needed, social distance markers, and even outdoor dining areas that take up the former driveway.
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is available for takeout or dine-in on new outdoor patio spaces.
The George Washington bathrooms in the Marketplace are closed but you can still access the area.
Long time readers of MouseInfo know we love ourselves a good merch run (long before it was en vogue to do a whole article surrounding one new merchandise item) so here we area again with some merch that caught our eye… just ’cause! It’s a little brief today but enjoy!
Some great face masks with the Knott’s logo and fun fall designs.
Health and Safety Measures
- Admission will be limited each day to ensure physical distancing
- Upon arrival, guests will be asked to enter a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate
- All associates and guests must wear a facial covering while visiting Taste of Knott’s or the Knott’s California Marketplace store locations and restaurants – masks are not required while eating.
- Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected daily and sanitized frequently. This includes but is not limited to cash counters, scanners, EMV readers, pens at cashier counters, register screens, store fixtures, door handles, and shopping baskets.
- Signage is present to aid guests in the proper direction of travel and as a reminder to practice social distancing.
- Seating will be spaced out throughout the Taste of Knott’s event footprint
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the event area.
- All associates are screened, including temperature and symptom checks using CDC guidelines before being allowed on the property to work.
- Associates have been trained on the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and overall hygiene.
- Separate entrances and exits will appear at some store locations.
- Store occupancy is limited to less than 50% of the normal building capacity. Queue lines outside of store locations with six-foot markers are present where applicable.
See it for Yourself
KNOTT’S TASTE OF FALL-O-WEEN takes place select days now through November 1, 2020.
Dates that are
striked out are currently unavailable for purchase. As of press time, nearly half of all available dates are already sold out. Friday, Sept. 25: 12 PM – 9 PM Saturday, Sept. 26: 12 PM – 9 PM Sunday, Sept. 27: 12 PM – 8 PM
- Friday, Oct. 2: 12 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, Oct. 3: 12 PM – 9 PM
- Sunday, Oct. 4: 12 PM – 8 PM
- Friday, Oct. 9: 12 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, Oct. 10: 12 PM – 9 PM
- Sunday, Oct. 11: 12 PM – 8 PM
- Friday, Oct. 16: 12 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, Oct. 17: 12 PM – 9 PM
- Sunday, Oct. 18: 12 PM – 8 PM
- Friday, Oct. 23: 12 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, Oct. 24: 12 PM – 9 PM
- Sunday, Oct. 25: 12 PM – 8 PM
- Friday, Oct. 30: 12 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, Oct. 31: 12 PM – 9 PM
- Sunday, Nov. 1: 12 PM – 8 PM