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How ‘The Hanging’ show tightens up on ‘Fake Noose’ at Knott’s Scary Farm

By in Press Enterprise on October 28, 2017

By Michelle Mills

Creating the script and selecting the characters who will appear in Knott’s Scary Farm‘s “The Hanging” is always an interesting endeavor, and especially so this season.

“The Hanging” is the Halloween parody version of Knott’s stunt show, sped up and spiced with riffs on pop culture and hot topics. This year it’s subtitled “Fake Noose.”

“I’ve worked on that show for about 16 years, and it’s one of the strangest years I’ve ever encountered because pop culture has almost disappeared – other than the same six super heroes that keep getting rebooted – it’s really all about politics. We find that we’re in a spot because it’s got all this death and mayhem and we legally cannot do that to any of those politicians, whatever side of the aisle you’re on. I can tell you that it will comment on those things and the idea of, Is there anybody left to hang?” Knott’s vice president of entertainment Ken Parks said.

Parks shared that about 10 years ago the Secret Service paid a visit to the park to recommend against hanging any politicians in its production, and so it has wisely steered clear of doing so.

“I would actually like to see the Hangman and Lawman hang themselves, just give up and say ‘We can’t do it any more.’ But I don’t know that our audience would be satisfied with that,” Parks said.

The Hanging will return with a sub title of “Fake Noose!” for Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

Will the small shows return?

In addition to the big productions, Scary Farm used to feature a number of small performances scattered around the park, but they disappeared a few years ago. Parks said that Knott’s is planning to bring back that idea.

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