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Scaring for a living

Knott's Berry Farm is the little-known birthplace of two very different inventions.

In 1932, Walter Knott started growing the world's first boysenberry – a cross between the raspberry, blackberry and loganberry.

Forty years later, the berry fields became home to the world's first-ever Halloween event at an amusement park.

Starting Thursday, Sept. 26 until Nov. 2, the amusement park will put on its annual Knott's Scary Farm Haunt.

Set designers at Knott's Berry Farm spend eleven months out of the year preparing for this month. They are in charge of coming up with maze themes and how each one will look and feel.

One set designer even once based a maze on one of their nightmares.

The Halloween extravaganza will feature 10 mazes, with each maze having its own set of actors. About 1,000 actors will spend their nights at the park playing vampires, crypt keepers and ghouls.

It's the only job in the world where you get paid to scare people.

The night gig draws a whole range of different people, not just professional actors: students, veterinarians, cashiers and even mother-daughter pairs.

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