Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Fun: Adirondack Corn Mazes

CornMaze_newThis weekend seems to be the Adirondack kick-off for all things spooky. For my household of scaredy-cats, I look for a range of events that we can enjoy a thrilling adventure without sacrificing my dignity.

One activity that seems to hold the attention of every age is a trip to the corn maze. Getting lost through those corn stalk twists and turns provides hours of fun. Now with Halloween around the corner these various locations are upping the thrills with evening scares and flashlight nights. Here are a few of my family’s favorite spots.

On October 24, Tuckers Farm’s annual Fright Night at The Great Adirondack Corn Maze is perfect for those thrill seekers and ghost hunters. Fright Night will have ghouls, ghosts and perhaps a zombie or two hidden in the corn to provide plenty of the thrills and chills at this annual Halloween event.

I’m not really that worried about my dignity, but me and my imagination won’t be able to walk my dog at night again if I attend Fright Night, so I’ll save my thrills for the regular weekend Flashlight nights on October 23, 30, and 31st. Keep in mind that regular daylight hours are still available in case members of your family aren’t quite up to the thrill of an evening corn maze expedition. The Great Adirondack Corn Maze is open Thursday – Sunday from 1 pm to dusk until the end of October.

For a milder evening adventure, Fort Ticonderoga is opening its Heroic Corn Maze for an evening quest. Bring a flashlight to walk the many twists and turns to find the eight hidden stations. Collect a stamp at each post to complete the hunt. Admission is $10/person and open from 7-10 pm on October 23 and 24.

Rulf’s Orchard in Peru is offering a special flashlight night on October 24 from 5-9 pm as well as regular corn maze hours every Saturday and Sunday through Halloween from 10 am – 4 pm.

Lastly, a trip to Country Dream Farm offers daytime adventures of a corn maze, petting zoo, playground and wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. On October 23 and 30th from 6-9 pm, the corn maze will be open to explore under the moonlight. Bring your own flashlight, but there will be a bonfire, drinks and snacks to help shake off any evening frights. Enjoy!

Corn Maze photo used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.


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