One fun and frightening way to celebrate Halloween is to get out into the countryside and find a haunted corn maze. Here is a list of 8 of the scariest corn mazes in the country. Many of them are also part of a larger, haunted farm, so there is plenty of screaming fun to be had.
1. Night of Terror ( Mullica Hill, NJ)
Creamy Acres Farms has been delivering screams for over 20 years. At their Night of Terror attraction you can hunt zombies, go for a haunted paintball hayride, and many other things, in addition to the Haunted Corn Maze. The trails through the corn field make absolutely no sense and seem to wonder aimlessly, branching off in different directions. As you walk through the maze, you'll start to think you're being followed, and you might just be ... can you make it out? It's up to you to find out.
2. Field of Screams (Meridian, ID)
This corn maze and haunted farm is serious business. If you decide to check out the "Field of Screams", get ready to scream your head off. The Farmstead at Meridian advertises "real fear" and "real farm." So be forewarned!
3. Flashlight Corn Maze at Connor's Farm (Danvers, MA)
In 2011, a family walking in this corn maze ended up calling 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.” This prompted even more corn maze enthusiasts to make the visit to this farm - now it's one of the most popular in the country. The corn maze isn't haunted itself, but the rustling of corn and shadows is enough to scare anyone. If you want something more "haunted", Connor Farm's nighttime attraction, Hysteria, leads you through a haunted cornfield, a horror filled forest, along the banks of a swamp and through a 17th-century graveyard.
4. Heap's Haunted Corn Maze (Minooka, IL)
Feel free to bring the whole family to Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm, which dates back to 1866. Heap's Haunted Corn Maze also offers a few non-scary nighttime options: a moonlight hayride and, for the more ambitious folk, a flashlight maze. The main draw is their haunted attraction, a cornfield they say is stalked by an eccentric (and maybe immortal) legendary figure, "The Shredder."
5. AZ Field of Screams (Glendale, AZ)
Just outside of Phoenix, Arizona, corn maze enthusiasts love AZ Field of Screams. This corn maze is supposedly planted on top of a graveyard, and the souls of those buried there come back to haunt the corn field each year. You don't know what lost soul you might meet lurking around the next corner of the maze. After about 45 minutes of this, if you do make it out of the maze, you'll be more than happy to get some hot cocoa and sit by the fire at the farm.
6. Kersey Valley Spookywoods Haunted Attraction (Archdale, NC)
Celebrating 31 years of fear, Kersey Valley Spookywoods is sure to make you scream! This haunted attraction has been ranked one of the top 15 haunted houses in the country by USA Today, the Travel Channel, ABC News and Forbes Magazine. It warns you that, from the moment you drive onto their property, you will be haunted. It's not recommended for children under 12 - it's just that scary. As they say on their site: "Deep within the corn rests a forgotten spirit. Once a murderous man of flesh and blood, this cursed soul is forced to roam the earth alone. Needing a physical form, he possesses a hollow scare crow. He stalks the country side searching for souls to join him in his eternity of damnation. Find your way through Kersey Krow’s cursed maze. Can you make it out alive, or will you become one of his chosen?"
7. Haunted Carter Farms (Princeton, IA)
In a state known for it's corn fields, this haunted corn maze is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. It claims to be the "original" haunted corn maze in America, and it has been operating for almost 20 years now. They definitely have one of the creepier designs for their corn mazes. Last year's was "Regermination" and took visitors through poison bottles and IV drips ... They also have zombie laser tag and an indoor haunted maze as well.
8. The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride (Glan Mills, PA)
Boasting over 25 years of fear, the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania has had plenty of time to perfect its "Scaring Game." Take your chances with this terrifying walk through a tall corn field that is filled with all sorts of scary creatures. What evil lurks just around the next turn? Is someone or something watching you? Can you feel their bloodshot eyes your every move as creep along the trail? This year's theme is: The Revenge of the Scarecrow! Consider yourself warned!
By Rajmani Sinclair
August 24, 2016