Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired legions of Americans when he famously said, The only thing we have to fear is this haunted maze. Venture bravely into terrifying territory with this Groupon.
$18 for Two Admissions to the Trail of Doom (Up to $36 Value)
Fear grows in abundance along the Trail of Doom. Winding through about six acres of cornfields and woods, this path to destruction is crawling with spooky ghouls and unspeakable monsters ready to strike horror into your heart. Strobe lights, creepy music, and the sound of a chainsaw grinding its teeth assault your senses as you stagger through the maze for 30–45 minutes. The Trail of Doom is the main feature, but there's more to Oakes Farm's haunted park than that. Starting this year, three other attractions will be available to anyone who survives the maze. Click here to view the schedule.
Though Oakes Farm sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.