Halloween is just around the corner. With all the news that’s bombarding us these days about Ebola and Isis – the crucifixions, beheadings and people being buried alive – do we really need more emphasis on evil? Somehow ghosts, witches and goblins don’t seem too exciting this year, especially with Ebola and Isis starting to infiltrate our shores here in America. What we need this year is some good solid adventure and autumn fun.
Autumn Fun Then…
When I was growing up communities were a lot safer than they are today. The town I lived in as a child not only had trick-or-treating from door to door on Halloween, but the town also sponsored a parade that ended with a community party and judging for the best costume. One year I was a pumpkin, and one year I was a lollipop—I won best costume for both those years.
That was years ago. Now, sadly, it has become harder for kids young and old to experience safe, autumn fun on and around Halloween. However, it still exists.
Autumn Fun Now…
Autumn was never one of my personal favorite times of year, spring always was. Over the last few years though, I have thoroughly enjoyed apple picking, tractor pulled hayrides (although horse drawn would be my preference) and Fall Harvest festivals.
While all of the above offer a great way to have some autumn fun, they aren’t especially high on the adventure scale. But, have you ever been through a corn maze? Now that’s what I call real Halloween and autumn fun!
How and Where to Experience A“maze”ing Autumn Fun! (Sorry about that, punning is an inherited flaw.)
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According to experts there are three main types of corn maze adventures:
1. Daytime Maze: This maze experience is perfect for families and young children. The corn stands eight or nine feet tall and creates a thick, impenetrable maze. It usually takes about 20 minutes to an hour to find your way out. In some places they will post signs with puzzles or clues to solve as you try to find your way out.
2. Nighttime Maze: A nighttime maze is done in the dark with flashlights. This is a maze that teens – and older – love.
3. Halloween Haunted Maze: If you’ve ever been through a haunted house, you know what this will be like. The difference here is that this is outdoors. Tip: This is not recommended for small children.
Autumn Fun that Will Have You “Squealing” for Joy! (Oops! There goes my flaw again.)
Have you ever seen a pig race? At a pig race, little piglets scamper around a track, squealing with delight. Of course, that makes the kids and adults watching them also squeal with delight. At the end of the race, the little piglets get a treat, and the winners who placed bets win a prize. Pig races have been gaining in popularity so there’s a good chance that you can find a local farm that sponsors one.
In all, there are so many ways to have special Halloween and autumn fun these days without the reminder of all the evil that is currently in our world.
To find out more about pumpkin patches, corn mazes, safe trick-or-treating, hayrides and other Halloween and autumn fun to be had near you, go to Pumpkin Patches and More.org. Happy Adventuring!