The wind whistles through a seemingly endless field, cornstalks bend and sway almost unnaturally as the moon disappears behind dark clouds. The sound of my own heartbeat pounds in my ears as I realize that I am lost, headed towards a dead end. Heavy footsteps approach behind me and panic sets in as I nervously watch for whatever waits for me in the darkness.
Or, at least, that was what I expected as I drove down Riner Road towards Sinkland Farms for their corn maze “After Dark” attraction. Instead, what I experienced was closer to good, clean family fun than the horror movie scene I had created in my head.
Being a Christiansburg native, I have nothing but good memories associated with Sinkland Farms and their annual fall festival. I had never done the corn maze though, so I was looking forward to experiencing something new and hopefully getting into the Halloween spirit by getting scared senseless. Last Sunday night, I gathered some friends, dug out my flashlight and headed out to Sinkland Farms.
Upon arriving, we were amazed to see that other than a few stragglers from the grand opening festival that took place earlier in the day, my car was the only one in the parking lot. As we asked about buying tickets inside the main building, some of the staff members who were cleaning up from the busy day seemed almost surprised to see us.
Despite their surprise, one of the staff members assured us that the maze was still open for another hour. We each paid the $5 admission fee and were given a small piece of paper with a map of the maze.
Rather than seeing a complex labyrinth with a separate entrance and exit and only one correct path to follow, we saw that the maze was actually divided into Halloween-themed shapes, including a spider, a ghost and a witch’s caldron. We all agreed that the shapes were cute and that the maze would probably still be confusing once we got inside.