It’s that time of year again: carving pumpkins, dressing up in lingerie with a tail and calling it a “cat” costume, parents eating half their children’s candy while they sleep and lying about it in the morning, and there will be pumpkin spice things.
It’s also the time of year when everyone goes out to a farm, and pretends to be a farmer for a day… and then complains about getting dirty… but you know, it’s all part of the deal. In order to assist you in finding the perfect place to have all your harvesty corn mazes and other adventures, we have created a foolproof guide. Most of these places open in October, so check out their websites or give them a call for up-to-date information. Good luck, and don’t get eaten by that which goes bump in the night, whatever that may be.
Lone Pine Farms: 91909 River Rd., Junction City. (541) 688-4389 Lone Pine Farms has probably the creepiest radio advertisements of all time. They also boast the scariest corn maze, 10 acres of weekend haunting fun! During the day time, this maze is family-friendly, and you can even try to find all the punch stations throughout the maze. But every weekend, at night, the “Spooks” (Still not sure what this means) come out for the Haunted Nights Maze. This maze is not recommended for young children, but it is perfect for the rugged adrenaline junkie. If haunted mazes aren’t for you, and you would rather come in the daytime, you can enjoy a host of activities, including a pumpkin patch or a horse-drawn hayride. Your little ones can even ride on the cow train roller coaster, which looks like heaps of fun! If you get hungry during your visit on the weekend, you can head over to the Barnyard Café, where they cook up all things roasted and barbequed, like hamburgers and roasted corn on the cob. Prices for the day maze, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, are $5 for kids 11 and under, and $7 for everyone else. The Haunted Maze is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and costs $18 on Friday and Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. For more information, just give them a ring or visit their website at www.lonepinefarms.com.
Airlie Hills Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch: 10720 Airlie Rd., Monmouth. (503) 932-8083
My personal favorite for fall festivals is Airlie Hills. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the whole month of October. They have a giant themed corn maze, made into elaborate patterns that can only be seen from the sky. They also have a host of other activities that will keep you and your kids going all day long. (Can anyone say, “They’ll sleep so well tonight!”?) Their hay maze is so elaborate, and yet it doesn’t even come close to the corn maze. When you’re inside it, you can’t even see through the stalks, and it seems to go on forever. As soon as you find the exit, you’ll want to go running back around to try it again. Inside the barn, they have a hay slide, a wheat box for the little kids, and a petting zoo where you can meet all the farm animals. Outside it’s every kid for themselves, with a huge hay pyramid, tricycle races, a dark maze, more hay slides, a hay fort, and Pedal Kart racing. They even have pumpkins taller than your kiddos. Inside is a food court selling all sorts of yummy fall treats, along with hot cocoa and coffee. Prices for this farm are fantastic. Monday through Friday, wristbands that let you in to all the activities (except Pedal Karts and the Dark Maze) are $7, and on the weekends, wristbands for everything, including Pedal Karts and the Dark Maze, are only $9. It’s a great place to go for a day, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time. You don’t want to miss out on anything here.
Bose Family Farm: 35765 Cyrus Rd. NE, Albany. (541) 971-0458 Bose Family Farm also has a 10-acre corn maze, and like Lone Pine, you can visit all of the punch stations inside for added challenge. Unlike Lone Pine, if you get all the punches, you can enter yourself to win half a hog. What a deal! They also boast their own pumpkin patch, with a whopping 30 different varieties of pumpkins, from tiny to gigantic. While the rest of your family is lost in the maze, you and your little one can be playing in the play area. Here children can climb on a hay pyramid, play with tractors in a sand box, or race a rubber ducky over water! Bose Family Farm even has a nine-hole mini disc golf course, complete with fun farm obstacles and baskets. They provide the mini discs; you provide the fun! You can also participate in tractor rides, a hay maze, and on select Saturdays, Zombie Tag. For more information about these and other activities, give them a call or visit www.bosefamilyfarm.com.
Davis Family Farm: 4380 NE Hwy. 20, Corvallis. (541) 752-0697 Davis Family Farm has been around for as long as I can remember. It was a ton of fun to come here as a child, and it’s still fun today. They have a decent-sized corn maze that is a blast to get lost in. It is fun to take fall pictures hidden among the stalks. They also have a great tractor-drawn hayride, and usually one lucky kid gets to help drive the tractor! They also have a large pumpkin patch, and a tall hay pyramid for kids to climb on. One of the best things about this farm are the handmade donuts and apple cider. It’s definitely the highlight of the day. On top of all the harvest activities, Davis Family Farm has a large selection of fall vegetables and décor. It’s a one-stop shop for all things fall. You can visit their Facebook page or call them for more information.