We entered the maze around 7 p.m. as the sun was setting, leaving plenty of light for us to see the maze without our flashlights. I mentioned that the attraction had actually opened about two hours earlier — we all agreed that opening the maze before the sun went down kind of negated the point of the “after dark” maze. Since the light was fading quickly, though, we knew that the maze would soon seem creepier.
Before long, we found ourselves at a pumpkin-shaped sign with a number that matched the shape on our maps. The sign was also labeled as “lettuce” and provided us with several facts about the vegetable. As we continued through the maze, we found other signs telling us Americans’ favorite fruits and how much pizza we eat every year — not exactly knee-knocking terror material.
Don’t get me wrong, though, we really did enjoy our experience in the maze. We certainly never came close to getting as scared as we anticipated, but we had a lot of fun despite the unfulfilled expectations.
When the maze got darker, the fright started to increase. As we made our way down the path, the wind blew through the corn, giving us more of the horror movie feeling we were craving. My friend stopped me suddenly and whispered, “I don’t like the way that cornstalk just moved.” After a few more steps, the rest of our friends jumped out from behind the corn to scare us, leaving me breathless.
After spending some more time scaring each other and trying to get as lost as possible, it was time to leave. As we made our way out of the maze, I felt sad that we were leaving just as the fun was beginning. Although we didn’t have the experience that we had expected, we enjoyed ourselves.
This attraction will only get better as the days get shorter and the maze gets darker. It would be a good experience for anyone who wants to get Halloween started early by doing something a little scary, but doesn’t enjoy having people jump out of the bushes with chainsaws and fake blood.
As a repeat customer at Sinkland Farms, I would recommend the corn maze “After Dark” as a great way to wrap up an afternoon at their fall festival.