The Country’s Creepiest Corn Mazes
These haunted attractions are giving “cornstalk” new meaning.
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.
Creamy Acres Farms has been delivering up screams (and, during the summer, ice cream too) for over 20 years. Their annual Night of Terror features six attractions, including the “Dreaded Cornfield Maze.” Be on the lookout for pirates and evil clowns!
Advertising both “real farm” and “real fear,” this Idaho attraction eschews what it calls “cheesy haunted houses with lots of fake props” and goes heavy on performance—a.k.a. what’s scariest. Don’t forget to check out their giant “pet,” whose jaws you can walk right through.
This Massachusetts maze, just up the road from Salem, was made famous when in 2011 a family called 911 to say they couldn’t find their way out. “We thought this would be fun,” the young mother told the dispatcher. “Instead it’s a nightmare. I don’t know what made us do this.” It was music to the ears of corn maze enthusiasts across the country, and the already popular attraction is now even bigger. Their haunted, nighttime attraction, Hysteria, leads visitors through a 17th-century graveyard.
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The scary subsection of Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm, a family establishment dating back to 1866, Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze also offers a few non-scary nighttime options: a moonlight hayride and, for the most ambitious puzzle-solvers, a flashlight maze. Still the main draw is their haunted attraction, a cornfield they say is stalked by an eccentric (and maybe immortal) folk legend, “The Shredder.”
Just outside of Phoenix, Arizona’s own Field of Screams—supposedly planted over a forgotten cemetery—is full of the undead. After a mile-long path and a 30- to 40-minute journey, you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by the bonfire. In fact, it might help you sleep a little better.
This North Carolina attraction is a spooky bonanza, with a creepy wax works, a circus house for “clown rejects,” a “twisted holiday land” scented with the “aroma of rotting flesh and fruit cake,” a witch hunt visitors can join in on, a vampire lair, a haunted manor, an ice cave, a pirate hideout, a mental asylum, an alien base, and a section just called “abominations,” in addition to the classic haunted corn maze. Beware: Kersey Valley’s ten acre cornfield is haunted by a cursed scarecrow.
This Iowa field is coming up on 20 years of haunting and, as befits a state so well known for its corn, the Carter Farms maze is itself a spooky design. In 2015, visitors could walk through poison bottles and IV drips and hypodermic needles as a part of a larger design they called “Regermination.”
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The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride at Pennsylvania’s Arasapha Farm has been doing this for 25 years and it shows. With over 75 actors, 25 scenes, animatronics, pyrotechnics, and multiple attractions (including a corn maze), this Philadelphia-area spookfest is at the top of its game.