One of the spooky-themed Orange County events you and your family can enjoy this fall season takes place at America’s first theme park.
Knott’s Berry Farm, only a few miles away from your Tustin Toyota service center, has found their niche among the Southern California theme park market during the Coronavirus pandemic. They’ve hosted two successful craft beer and food events so far, and Taste of Fall-O-Ween is no exception.
While Knott’s Berry Farm is highly-regarded during the fall months for their annual Knott’s Scary Farm event, the event could not go on this year. Despite this, Knott’s is able to host yet another craft beer and food event with a ghoulish fall season twist.
If you have attended either of the two events, Taste of Calico or Taste of Knott’s earlier this year, then you’re already familiar with how this event is going to play out. Multiple foods and drink booths selling specialty items scattered throughout the theme park, picnic tables stretching as far as the eye can see to promote a safe-eating experience, throw in some pumpkin decorations for good measure, and sprinkle in a few Knott’s Scary Farm elements and you have Taste of Fall-O-Ween!
Without a doubt, Knott’s Berry Farm has figured out how to accommodate a fraction of regular capacity into the park, and ensure that strict social distancing is practiced throughout. You can say they’ve pretty much got it down to a T. How so?
Aside from the limited capacity per event date, once inside there are a plethora of signs indicating which direction you are allowed to walk, roped off queues for food or craft beer booths, and social distancing markers in each line for guests to stand and wait on. The event also has an audio loop. Every few minutes or so there will be an announcement to remind guests to wear their masks correctly, wash their hands frequently, use the free hand sanitizer stations, and to remain six feet apart from other parties. Picnic tables are carefully situated around for your safe-dining convenience as well.
The reality of our “new normal” is that there are many people who aren’t ready to head back into a theme park just yet. This has been a new challenge that Knott’s has had to figure out. With the success of the two prior events and the positive word of mouth of how well they’ve been handling health and safety measures thus far, Knott’s hopes this will help bring fans back through the gates.
The Fall-O-Ween menu is filled with scrumptious snacks and entrees that are poisoned with a Halloween/fall twist. Throughout the 28 food booths positioned throughout the park you can find food items like the:
- Creepy Cheese Burger Slider with Onion Ring
- Diablo Fries (chili fries with cheese, jalapeno strips, and Hot Cheetos)
- Grim Reaper Sandwich (prime rib between a hoagie bun with horseradish spread)
- Headless Meatball Sandwich (beef and pork meatball on a Hawaiian bun with cheese, marinara sauce, and served with sweet potato waffle chips)
- Cursed Cannoli (with pumpkin mascarpone filling and crushed ginger snaps)
- Pumpkin Bun (deep-fried cinnamon roll with pumpkin icing and sprinkles)
By the way, that’s barely scratching the surface of the menu!
Aside from the food and drink booths, you’ll find fall decor throughout the park. That means outrageously large pumpkins, black and orange bunting, spider webs, and skeletons all around. For the kids, there is also a trick-or-treat trail filled with candy stations that are included with a child’s ticket. For Knott’s Scary Farm fans, this trail pays homage to its mazes with props and animatronics from years past. Be sure to look up too, you’ll find a group of stilt-walking scarecrows!
Taste of Fall-O-Ween runs every Thursday to Sunday from now until November 1, 2020. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12 pm-9 pm and Sundays from 12 pm-8 pm.
Each ticket or Tasting Card is $35/ adult and $20/ ages 3-11. Adult Tasting Cards allow you any five items of your choice whereas the child ticket allows any three items. Don’t worry, once your items run out, you’re more than welcome to purchase additional items a la carte!
Tickets are selling out quick so act now if you want to join in on the ghoulish fun at Knott’s Berry Farm this October! It’s definitely a hot-ticket on the list of Orange County events this fall!