Theme: None — just an old-school labyrinth Cost: $9 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.
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.
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
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.
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”).
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.
Sandy River Farms
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.