Spooky is the most neglected of the five basic human emotions: spooky, joy, sorrow, grouchy, and wet. Get horror glands pumping with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get two admissions to the Trail of Doom at Oakes Farm in Corryton (up to a $32.78 value, including tax).
The Trail of Doom leads guests down a checkpoint-free forest path filled with intense, adrenaline-pumping scares. As intrepid thrillists cautiously step into the unknown, perceptions are toyed with using special effects, strobe lights and singing cartoon cars. Actors amidst the ominous atmospheres of dark autumn nights move effortlessly in and out of hiding in efforts to scare trail-goers. The trail runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings throughout October, as well as on Halloween evening, allowing for secretive cornfield chess games played out over several visits.
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.