Easily the scariest thing to ever hit the Halloween haunt industry, the COVID-19 pandemic strikes again, with Knott’s Berry Farm in California confirming today that their annual Knott’s Scary Farm event has officially been canceled for 2020, and Kings Dominion theme park in Virginia also announcing that it is not opening at all this year, effectively canceling their annual Halloween Haunt event, as well.
In a statement released on August 4, Knott’s, located in Buena Park, California, says, “Regrettably, due to continued operating restrictions related to the pandemic, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our highly anticipated 2020 Knott’s Scary Farm event. The unique features of Scary Farm will not allow us to operate within the constraints recommended by the CDC and public health experts. We know that this news is disappointing, but we look forward with great enthusiasm to making 2021 Knott’s Scary Farm our best year ever.”
On its social media accounts, Kings Dominion, located in Doswell, Virginia, simply posted, “We are disappointed to announce that Kings Dominion will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.”
Both parks are owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
While unfortunate, this news is not at all unexpected, as Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood previously announced its annual Halloween Horror Nights events are also canceled for 2020.
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