Knott's Halloween Haunt 2013: Six new mazes and the return of Elvira

Uncle Willy's Slaughterhouse (2008) -- A deranged butcher runs a barbecue restaurant. Haunt's creative team dressed up this old relic a little bit in 2012, but nothing kills a maze experience more than monsters twiddling their thumbs until their next break. I've been lobbying for years to put Uncle Willy's on the chopping block. (Near the main gate)

Haunt 2013 will see the addition of the Village of the Damned scare zone in Fiesta Village that will serve as an atmospheric Day of the Dead party area. Three other scare zones -- Ghost Town, Carnevil and Necropolis -- will return for 2013.

Three new shows will debut at Haunt 2013: "Carny Trash" (magician/comedian), "Possessed" murder mystery and "Elvira's Sinema Seance" featuring singing, dancing and comedy by the Mistress of the Dark. Three other shows -- "Cursed," "Blood Drums" and "The Hanging" -- will return for another season.

Related theme park stories and photo galleries

Disneyland: Fantasy Faire | Mickey & the Magical Map

Universal Studios Hollywood: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Full Throttle

Knott's Berry Farm: Timber Mountain | Coast Rider

SeaWorld San Diego: Aquatica

U.S. parks: Top 13 for 2013 | Disney World | Cedar PointTop 10 water coasters

International parks: Top 13 for 2013 | Shanghai Disneyland | Disneyland ParisTop 20 water parks

> Follow the Los Angeles Times Funland theme park blog on Twitter, Facebook and Google+