Get lost in these corn mazes across the state. The designs range from “Schrödinger’s cat” to Greek myths.
So is it a coincidence that corn mazes became a fall tradition in Wisconsin soon after the 1980s horror film franchise “Children of the Corn” began to scare the Bejeebers from anyone within reach of a cornfield?
We don’t think either.
And if you like getting lost in the stalks, there are dozens of Wisconsin corn mazes to visit this fall.
Flytes Fieldstones offer autumn fun in the fresh air
In the fall, the Flyte family turns their attention from growing organic blueberries and strawberries to creating fall weekends on their Fieldstones Farm, located between Coloma and Wautoma on Highway 21.
The Corn Maze opened on September 10th, and it’s not the only fun on the farm. There’s also a corn pit, hay maze, petting zoo, and pumpkin patch. And don’t forget the awesome pumpkin launcher. And there is an ice cream van that conjures up shakes and sundaes from the berries from the farm.
Treinen Farm Crafts elaborate mazes for math freaks and anime fans
The Treinen Farm on Highway 60 west of Lodi has been making some of the most elaborate corn mazes in the state since 2001. USA Today named it one of the top 10 corn mazes in the country.
The family doesn’t use GPS, instead they rely on hand-drawn grids to cut intricate patterns into their corn in early summer to create a living work of art. Many of them have scientific themes, including this year’s “Schrödinger’s Cat (and Other Thought Experiments)”, and others are based on fractals or the golden spiral. (Treinen offers school trips with a little math.)
The theme varied in other years from Greek myths to an homage to the Japanese anime called “Rainbow, Kittens and Killer Unicorns”. The yard also has 18 acres of pumpkin fields and cool play areas, including a hay fortress and cobwebs in the barn, a small farm play area, and hiking trails.
Hidden Trails: One of the oldest and largest corn mazes in Wisconsin
East of La Crosse you will find Hidden Trails, which is operated by mazes for the 24th year of its existence.
Visitors can enter four separate mazes here that show images of Dracula and Frankenstein. The two largest mazes have checkpoints that offer rewards and discounts at local businesses.
The two smaller mazes have secrets that you solve by wandering the alleys and discovering clues. After you complete the mazes as a Farm Scene Investigator, check out the farm’s pumpkin patch, play areas, and games including Candy Corn Croquet.
Vesperman Farms has the most challenging maze in southwest Wisconsin
Vesperman Farms near Lancaster in Grant County features mazes designed by the famous British maze master Adrian Fisher.
This year’s maze takes about half an hour and when you’re done the farm will have a pumpkin patch, play areas, and food, including hot cider donuts.
There is also a children’s train, a mountain of tractor tires to climb and baby animals to stroke. The farm on Stage Road has been owned by the Vesperman family since 1900.
Schuster’s Playtime Farm offers creepy night tours through its corn maze
It all started with a historic round barn, but the range at Schuster has grown significantly since the family opened the farm for autumn fun in 1994. Now the farm offers pig races, duck races, a tire maze, putt-putt golf and a campfire for making s’mores.
There is a small labyrinth for children and a larger labyrinth for adults, with viewing bridges and knowledge and puzzle games to be solved in the labyrinth.
And if you’re still looking for the corn kids, Schuster’s invites you to bring your flashlight and try it at night when it’s that much scarier. In October, the nightly activities will be expanded to include visits to “Camp Schuster” in the enchanted forest. The farm is near Deerfield on Highway 12-18.
Grampa’s Farm teaches children traditional farming skills and crafts
At Grampa’s Farm near Merrill, kids can learn how to hand milk a cow, make a corn husk doll, and do laundry on an old-fashioned washboard.
The farm also offers newfangled fun, including a corn trail (a simplified maze), a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, and a slingshot that shoots apples or potatoes. Children can dress up in old-fashioned clothes and play in a vintage schoolhouse.
The farm’s “grandfather”, James Severt, grew up there on the Norwegian Road with his own grandfather. Severt died in 2014, but his spirit lives on in all the fun things kids find on the farm.