If you’ve been reading the blog at all for the last four years, then you’re well aware of the unique event that Knott’s Berry Farm offers each summer called Ghost Town Alive. If you’re new, well, I’ll explain… Ghost Town Alive is an eight hour interactive structured improv, where the entire area of Ghost Town (or Calico as it is referred to during Ghost Town Alive) is the stage. Various citizens from a mayor to outlaws reside within the town, and enlist the help of Guests to accomplish tasks, which can include delivering notes, playing matchmaker, assisting in a sheriff’s posse, and much more, all ending in a rousing hoedown at the end of the day. Each year the story of Calico has grown, and this year many new faces have arrived, as well as many new activities.
As the story has grown, so has the people I share this experience with, and this year I brought with me five friends who were new to Ghost Town Alive, and I made sure they became sworn in as citizens, played cards with the sheriff, interviewed for the newspaper, had friends who were already married get “hitched” and more.
Two of the new people to join Calico are Mr. Potts and Mr. Colter, explorers who have an eye for “legendary creatures.” The pair have created a map of various locations where one might spy evidence of these critters, and Guests can embark on a unique scavenger hunt to find them.
Like in previous years, the Mayfield gang, known for no good deeds in the past, sees fit to mess up Founder’s Day once again, this time by decreeing it Mayfield Day, including offering their own games for children to participate in.
Ghost Town Alive runs every day through August 11, followed by weekends August 17 through September 1, with the final day being Labor Day, September 2. To learn more, visit Knott’s Berry Farm’s website.
Dress: La Bomba, Long Beach, California
Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
Turquoise: Here and there…