Confession time: I'm afraid of cornfields. I always have been, and to my knowledge, I've never seen any haunted cornfield movies. Even when I moved to Indiana for school and my apartment was, like so many things in Indiana, across the street from a cornfield, they still freaked me out.
So, it was a with a little hesitation that I visited the Mid-South Maze at the Agricenter yesterday afternoon.
(It didn't help my weird fear that when I started making my way through maze, the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" was playing over a loudspeaker and I could hear kids' disembodied giggles coming through the corn.)
All of my silly phobias aside, the Mid-South Maze is really cool. The paths through it are clearly marked, and there are plenty of opportunities for those who want to take their time and get a little lost. I finished my trip through the maze in about 45 minutes, despite getting turned around when I gave the wrong answers to the numbered trivia questions that let you know that you're on the right track. Pro tip: brush up on your basic werewolf knowledge.
Though the Mid-South Maze is haunted on the weekends leading up to Halloween, during the afternoons, it's open as a regular maze. The evidence of the haunted nights is still present, though. While making my way through the maze yesterday, I passed a hangman's noose and several curtains stained with fake blood.
For those who finish the maze quickly, there's also a corn cannon (exactly what it sounds like), a giant jumping pillow (sort of what would happen if a moon bounce and a trampoline had a baby), a haunted trailer and hayrides.
Admission to the regular maze is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. The haunted maze is $10, and the haunted hayride is $5. It's cash only, but there's an ATM on site.
The corn maze is only open for a few more days (through Halloween), so go while you still can.
Through Oct. 31
7777 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis, TN 38120