Video: A drone’s-eye view video of one of our favorite corn mazes at Ricker Hill Orchards. By Jason Bosch of Red Stallion Media
After popping it and slathering it with butter, aimlessly wandering through it is our third favorite thing to do with corn. Check out a few of our favorite fall mazes.
295 Buckfield Rd., Turner. 207-225-3455.
Theme: None — just an old-school labyrinth
Difficulty: Team Ricker Hill designs the maze for kids to get through inside a half-hour.
Pro tip: Admission includes a whole agro-tainment complex — mini-golf, petting zoo, and more. Adults: drop into the cozy tasting room and have a couple pints of craft hard cider afterwards. Or before.
3876 Union St., Levant. 207-884-8354.
Theme: “The Good Knight and the Dragon”: Hit check-in stations as you navigate the beast’s gullet, wings, and tail.
Cost: $8, ages 13 and up; $7, ages 4–12
Difficulty: Moderate — paths are long, but none too winding.
Pro tip: Bring your ticket to the Orchard Café for free ice cream.
185 Newport Rd., Corinna. 207-278-3708
Theme: The maze is shaped like a haunted house, complete with a jack-o-lantern out front and spooky witch flying overhead.
Cost: $9, ages 4–64; $7.50, ages 65 and up
Difficulty: Follow a set of quiz prompts on ten hidden signposts — get the answer right, and it’ll tell you which way to go. If you’re good, you’ll be out in 45 minutes.
Pro tip: Come on Halloween to do some trick-or-treating inside the maze, where costumed characters lurk, distributing candy.
Pumpkin Valley Farm
100 Union Falls Rd., Dayton. 207-929-4088.
Theme: “K-9 Heroes”: At the center of the maze, you’re wandering through a noble German shepherd.
Cost: $9, ages 3–64; $7.50,ages 65 and up
Difficulty:Expect to spend an hour exploring this police pooch.
Pro tip: Do not skip the kettle corn (or, if you’re a little tyke, a ride on the tractor-pulled “cow train”).
875 Fort Fairfield Rd., Caribou. 207-498-6565.
Theme: “Feed The County”: The lions’ share of the maze is actually a detailed rendering of the head of one Dixie Shaw, director of the local non-profit of the same name.
Cost: $7.50, ages 4 and up; $1, under 4
Difficulty:Set aside 45 minutes to an hour, longer if you want to play any of the five carnival-style games hidden in the maze.
Pro tip: Complete at least one of those games and it earns you an ice cream when you find the exit.
560 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington. 207-778-3835.
Theme: Honoring the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Maine — the group’s sprout logo at its center.
Cost: $8, ages 10 and up; $4,ages 3–9
Difficulty: 10 acres and super elaborate — you might want to bring a snack and a flashlight.
Pro tip: Ghosts and ghouls roam among the stalks October 28–30.