Corn Maze Craze: Get Lost in Halloween Horror Fields Before Harvest [PICS]

October 1st, 2012 Permalink

Happy October! Before harvest, and popular in autumn around Halloween, fall festivals kick off a corn maze craze. Called maize mazes in the United Kingdom and labyrinths in Europe, corn mazes are a great way for farms to create income from tourism. This competition factor among Halloween fields of horror are also why these puzzles carved into the corn grow increasingly complex each year. The point is to solve the maze by finding a route from the start to finish, but many have “activities” and “secret” coded clues on dead end routes setup inside the maze. There are usually bridges, overlooking the maze both for viewing and for those folks who are a bit lost and need a little help with directions. Corn mazes range from family-friendly with additional attractions like hay rides, petting zoos, pumpkin patches and play areas for children, to very scary, haunted-house-type corn mazes. The farms decide on themes, the designs start on graph paper and then are plotted over the fields before planting. Farms and orchards grow specialty corn that is taller than most and very dense. These temporary works of corn art are usually huge, up to 45 acres, and are harvested in November. Here’s a look at the corn maze craze past and present, from aerial photos showing the entire theme-design, bird’s eye views from above, to inside the haunted corn maze. [77 Photos]

Amazing corn maze at Treinen Farm -- technology-theme with complex additives of da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” part cyborg, steampunk, medicine and math

We think this is one of the most complex and interesting corn mazes in 2012. It wouldn’t be a maze if you didn’t get lost at least a little, but we think we might disappear and be lost in this one for a long time. It is a “15-acre cornfield maze with over 4 miles of twists, turns and dead ends featuring a technology-theme with complex additives of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” part cyborg, Steampunk, circuit boards, nanotech, robotics, medicine and math at Treinen Farm near Lodi, Wisconsin. Treinen Farm reported, “Our da Vinci guy is a cyborg–note the ray gun hand and the mechanical wing, not to mention the assorted gears for joints and a clockwork heart…Cyborg guy is shown not in a circle/square deal like da Vinci’s, but in the planar projection of a hypercube…The gears are a nod to mechanical technology, especially the steam-era –aka Steampunk…The knot-like thing in the lower left is, well, a knot, because knots are mathematically interesting.” It’s very impressive! Photo #1 courtesy of © Treinen Farm

Aerial view of Tree Frog Corn Maze in Tennessee

Aerial photo of giant tree frog maze from Holiday Acres Farm in Ethridge, Tennessee. In an example of what else was offered with this maze, the farm had “trivia questions to help you find your way, so study up on those frogs, toads, and snakes!” Photo #2 courtesy of © Holiday Acres Farm


Post photographer Ricky Carioti provides a bird’s-eye view of Frederick and Middletown, which includes a corn maze featuring President Obama and Mitt Romney

There are corn mazes that emphasize politics such as this maze showing President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holding an American flag. The election-themed corn maze is shown from above Summers Farm in Frederick, Md. Washington Post photographer Ricky Carioti provided this bird’s-eye view of a President Obama and Mitt Romney carved into 14-acres of corn. Photo #3 courtesy of © Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post

Aerial Corn Maze Black Beard's Revenge

From politics to pirates, this aerial corn maze photo is of Black Beard’s Revenge at Davis Farm in Sterling, MA. Photo #4 courtesy of © Davis Farm

Aerial photos of USA Patriotic corn mazes

From politcs and pirates to patriotic corn mazes in the USA. These honor the United States, presidents and the military as seen in the plethora of aerial photos. Photos courtesy of ©: #5 Belvedere Plantation & #6 Summers Farm & #7 About & #8 Directions Mag & #9 Farmstead Festival & #10 ivman & #11 GeoEye & #12 FAS & #13 Squidoo & #14 HackaDay

Aerial corn maze saluting past, present and future members of the Armed Forces

Aerial of Fritzler corn maze LaSalle, CO, saluting past, present and future members of the Armed Forces. Photo #15 courtesy of © Greeley Gazette

Two of the NASA-themed corn mazes in 2011. Left was at Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Right was the corn maze at The Rock Ranch; The Rock, Georgia

Last year there were seven “Space Farms” around the country that chose to honor NASA and the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. Here are two of the NASA-themed corn mazes in 2011. Left was at Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Right was the corn maze at The Rock Ranch; The Rock, Georgia. Photo #16 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA & #17 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA

NASA-themed corn maze at Cornbelly's in Lehi, Utah

NASA-themed corn maze at Cornbelly’s in Lehi, Utah. NASA explained that each theme highlighted the specific region’s contribution to NASA and featured space-related educational games and activities. Photo #18 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA

Aerial photo of Alice in Wonderland and Chesire cat corn maze

Many mazes are themed after movies, characters from movies, or try to tell a story. Aerial photo of Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire cat corn maze at in Hoosick Falls, NY. Photo #19 courtesy of © Kettle Farms

Foster Family Farm's 2012 circus-themed maze covers approximately 5 acres of corn field

Foster Family Farm‘s 2012 circus-themed maze covers approximately 5 acres of corn field in Connecticut. While this Bozo-like clown looks cheerful, some folks seriously fear clowns. Photo #20 courtesy of © ReminderNews

Giant Maze in a corn field in Hastings NZ. Shot as kite aerial photography (KAP)

Giant Maze in a corn field in Hastings New Zealand. Shot as kite aerial photography (KAP). Photo #21 by Pierre Lesage

Bird's Eye and aerial of corn mazes

Bird’s Eye aerial view of corn maze at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, CT. On right is the golden maize and aerial photo of a spider’s web at K & S Farms ‘Fields of Terror‘ in East Windsor, New Jersey. Photos courtesy of © #22 putnamania & #23 New Jersey

Aerial of Get Lost Corn Maze in Millingport, North Carolina, US

The corn crop is dried in this aerial of Get Lost Corn Maze in Millingport, North Carolina. From inside, there is the rustle of stalks in the wind as tourists navigate the maze. It’s easy to understand how the fear-factor can be built into a corn maze. There’s the “lost” feeling way out in the “middle of nowhere” like has been exploited over and again in horror movies, slasher flicks and scary urban legends. Photo #24 by Caleb Howell

Lost in the creepy cornfields with slasher flicks racing through mind

Small chunk of Richardson Corn Maze in Spring Grove, Illinois. The photographer noted, “You can just make out the word “RACE” on the right hand side.” It would be easy to get lost in such a maze during the daylight. The darkness of night could add the fear-factor terrors of panic and confusion to being lost. With a little imagination around Halloween, and depending upon the maze theme, a person might think of scary, creepy cornfield movies like Children of the Corn, Jeepers Creepers, Scarecrows, Husk, Maze or aliens jumping out at them like in Signs. Photo #25 by contemplative imaging

2012 corn maze theme at Sever's Corn Maze 2012

2012 corn maze theme at Server’s in Shakopee, Minnesota. While this may look easy to navigate from above, the next photo of dense corn is what a rat in a cage might feel like navigating a maze. Photo #26 courtesy of © Server’s Corn Maze

If you wandered into the corn field, out of the maize maze, then this is how confusing it would be in such a corn wonderland in Como, Lombardy, Italy

If you wandered into the corn field, stepped out of the maize maze path, then this is how confusing your view would be. Corn wonderland in Como, Lombardy, Italy. Photo #27 by Martina Celuzza

Views from inside corn labyrinths also called maize mazes

Views from inside corn labyrinths which are also called maize mazes in the UK. At left, inside Gelynis Farm maze in Morganstown, UK, looking towards Castle Coch. At right, the “frenzy” of being “lost in a corn maze.” In the cornfields, there are sometimes bridges to walk over or observation decks to look over the maze. Bottom right, is the typical view for people going through the dried corn maze at night for a spooky stomp around Halloween. Photo #28 by gj (geograph.org.uk) & #29 by emsisay & #30 by polytropos & #31 by Mack Male

Aerial view of New Zealand corn maze design

Here’s a calmer theme featuring a butterfly as seen in this aerial photo of a New Zealand corn maze. Photo #32 courtesy of © Mount Gabriel Christmas Tree Farms

he Mount Gabriel Corn Maze at Drury in Auckland New Zealand. The theme was Peace on Earth

With a theme like “Peace on Earth,” this maze is downright peaceful from above. Mount Gabriel Corn Maze at Drury in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo #33 by Fellowship of Reconciliation

Aerial photo of Titanic themed corn maze

Aerial photo of a Titanic theme corn maze by Kernal Coopers in Van Wert, Ohio. It salutes disaster and the 100th anniversary since the sinking of Titanic. Photo #34 courtesy of © Maze Play

Aerial of DeVries Fruit & Vegetable Farm’s Corn Maze can get lost among six miles of trails in a 20-acre corn maze

Other themes celebrate school teams or organizations. Aerial of DeVries Fruit & Vegetable Farm’s Corn Maze. Visitors can get lost among six miles of trails in a 20-acre maze in Montrose County, Colorado. Photo #35 courtesy of © The Watch

Blackstone lightouse corn maze

Blackstone lightouse corn maze in Maryland. Photo #36 by Scotto Bear

corn maze pumpkin fest

Standing on the bridge looking over the corn maze. Many farms offer farm animal petting zoos and some sort of pumpkin festival party galore. Photo #37 courtesy of © HelloDenver

Scarecrow and pumpkin patch at California corn maze

Many mazes also feature pumpkin patches, hay rides and other fun activities. Trying find a way to make ends meet, many of the farms will ‘switch over’ to Christmas tree sales after Halloween. As the California photographer described, “This is by far my favorite pumpkin patch around town. Lots to do here such as the usual corn maze, tractor rides, haunted house and farm animals. They also have a great selection of flowers grown on site.” Photo #38 by St0rmz

Pumpkin Sunflower patch

Pumpkin Sunflower patch at night looks inviting and relaxing. Photo #39 by jah~

Lost children of the corn maze

Inside the mazes may be a bit less relaxing, more confusing with the ‘fear’ of getting lost or losing children in the maize maze. One of the photographers wrote of people lost in the corn maze: “We wondered if anyone got really lost, and they’d have to send corn maze scouts out searching for missing people.” Photo #40 by daniel & #41 by Omega Man & #42 by Eric Bartholomew & #43 by Bianca Ramirez

Aerial of Uncle Shuck's Halloween-themed corn maze

2012 Halloween-themed corn maze — Witch and Haunted House. Aerial of Uncle Shucks Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in East Dawsonville, Georgia. Photo #44 courtesy of © Uncle Shucks

Aerials of Halloween-themed corn mazes

Aerials of other Halloween-themed corn mazes, including one being harvested. Photos courtesy of ©: #45 Regal Corn Maze & #46 Ms McClure & #47 About DC #48 Above all Ohio

Aerial view of 22 acre amusement park theme corn maze

Aerial view of the 22 acre corn maze at Kettle Farm in New York. Photo courtesy of © #49 courtesy of Tammy Morgan

Animal corn mazes, aerial views of elephants, giraffes, Donald Duck, turtle corn mazes

Animal theme corn mazes have also been popular over the years such as these aerial views featuring elephants, a giraffe, Donald Duck, and a turtle. Photos courtesy of ©: #50 RealDream & #51 Him and Us & #52 Portland Pumpkin Farm & #53 University of Maryland

Elephants for African Safari Corn Maze in Kansas

Elephants for African Safari Corn Maze in Kansas. Photo #54 courtesy of © Kansas Maze

From above The Rascally Rabbit and The Great Gobbler corn mazes, from inside the corn maze

After drawing the maze onto graph paper and plotting it to the farm grid, some farms grow very tall and dense corn to make great mazes such as on the right of Londonderry, New Hampshire. The two corn mazes on the left are from Treworgy Family Orchards, “The Rascally Rabbit” and “The Great Gobbler.” Photos courtesy of ©: #55 Bangor Daily & #56 Londonderry NH & #57 Treworgy Orchards

NASA-themed corn maze at Dewberry Farm in Brookshire, Texas. Photo credit- The MAiZE Inc

Another NASA-themed corn maze, this one was located at Dewberry Farm in Brookshire, Texas. Photo #58 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA

NASA corn maze in New York and in Nebraska

More giant NASA corn mazes. Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, on left. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska, on the right. Photo #59 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA & #60 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA

Corn maze at Dell'Osso Farms in Lathrop, California. Photo credit- The MAiZE Inc

Yet another NASA-themed corn maze at Dell'Osso Farms in Lathrop, California. Photo #61 courtesy of © The MAiZE Inc / NASA

Aerial corn mazes World's largest QR code, pacman, Star Wars, Engergizer Bunny, Whole world in hand

Here are aerial photos of other technology-themed corn mazes like the world’s largest QR code, Pac-Man, Star Wars, and a commercial-like maze of the Energizer Bunny. Other farms choose Christian themes for corn mazes like holding the whole world in His hands. Photos courtesy of ©: #62 Engadget & #63 County Line Orchard & #64 Hack Bend & #65 Callaway Farms & #66 Gull Meadow

Aerial of Discover Idaho maze, carved into 18 acres of corn

Aerial of Discover Idaho maze, carved into 18 acres of corn. Photo #67 courtesy of © Farmstead Festival

Corn Maze Design Love in Virginia

Virginia says it is all about love. While you may get lost in love, you would not get lost in this giant LOVE corn maze. Photo #68 courtesy of © VirginiaisforLovers

You might go to a family friendly, where you see sweet and happy halloween-themed corn mazes

Some farms are setup to be very family-friendly, where you see sweet and happy Halloween-themed corn mazes. Petting zoos feature farm animals and sometimes you might see the occasional secret visitor coming to feast on the corn. Photos courtesy of ©: #69 Richardson Farm & #70 Robert Theml & #71 cachelinhasdatorre & #72 lexis Fam

Pirate-themed corn labyrinth in Delingsdorf

Others opt for an in-between family-orientated and fearsome, including this pirate skull-themed corn labyrinth in Delingsdorf, Germany. Photo #73 by Karsten H. Eggert

Very dark corridors of a haunted corn maze where hungry zombies jumped out to groan BRAINS

While others consist of less happy stuff like very dark corridors in a haunted corn maze where hungry zombies jump out from the fields of horror to groan “BRAINS!” Photos courtesy of ©: #74 Haunted Corn & #75 by Seattle Zombies & #76 by Haunted Corn

Killer clown, slasher in haunted corn maze

Killer clowns and slashers await visitors in some scary haunted corn mazes. Thanks for looking at the corn maze craze. Now, whether you like friendly or scary, why don’t you get lost in the Halloween horror fields before they are harvested? Photo #77 courtesy of © JHS International Club


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