Halloween Haunt Recipient
of Prestigious Golden Ticket
PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29,
2005--Amusement Today, a highly respected
international amusement and water park
newspaper, has named Knott's Berry Farm's
Halloween Haunt as the "Best Halloween
Event" in the world at its 8th Annual
Golden Ticket award ceremony.
Golden Ticket was established by Amusement
Today to honor the "best of the best" in
the amusement industry. Winners are
determined through an international poll
conducted by the publication. Surveys are
sent to a database of experienced and
well-traveled amusement park fans around
the world. Respondents are asked to rate
the "bests" in 22 categories including
"Best Steel Coaster," "Best Water Ride"
and "Best Halloween Event." By garnering
the prestigious award, Knott's has been
bestowed what would be akin to the "Super
Bowl" or "Academy Awards" of the amusement
industry. This year's Golden Ticket Award
ceremony was held Aug. 27 at Six Flags
Fiesta, San Antonio, Texas.
extremely honored to receive the Golden
Ticket Award for our Halloween Haunt
event," said Gregg Picon, vice president
and general manager of Knott's Berry Farm.
"Knott's Halloween Haunt brings together
the talents of so many people here at
Knott's Berry Farm from the designers of
our mazes, to the script writers of the
shows, to the thousand of monsters who
perform every night. It is truly an
impressive creative venture by our entire
Berry Farm's Halloween Haunt debuted on
Halloween 1973 with a decorated Ghost Town
and a few dozen live monsters lurking in
the fog to scare unsuspecting guests.
Today, the Haunt holds the distinction of
being not only the first Halloween theme
park event, but also the world's largest
Halloween party and the largest annual
event in the amusement/theme park
industry. More than 5.8 million people
have attended this special-ticket
nighttime event since its debut.