Stay Busy with These A-MAZEing Autumnal Events
Dive into autumnal family fun this month at six pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
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By day, The Maize features hayrides, inflatables and courtyard activities the kids will enjoy for hours. By night, the fun continues with the Zombie Harvest, a spooky, wooded paintball battle against the park’s notorious zombies. Climb aboard and defend an army truck with more than 100 glow-in-the-dark paintballs. For a more kid-friendly nighttime activity, rent a bonfire site and enjoy s’mores around the fire.
Paint a pumpkin, navigate the haunted maze and search for goodies in the scavenger hunt. After an afternoon full of fun at Campbell’s Farms, sit around a campfire with the family and share tasty s’mores or spooky stories.
$9 on-site, $8 online, includes all activities, free for ages 4 and younger; Fridays through Sundays through October 29; Campbell’s Farms, 177 Carob Road, Clever; for more information, visit campbellsmazedaze.com
The 207-acre Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park is the perfect place for a month-long celebration of fall fun. There’s a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze, inflatables, games, tons of fair food and more. On Friday and Saturday nights, the farm gets spooky with the Haunted Trail of Horrors—a hayride followed by a scary walk through the woods.
Free admission, fees for activities; Sept. 29–Oct. 29; 6:30–10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and 6:30–10 p.m. Saturdays, noon–6 p.m. Sundays; Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield; for more information, call 417-837-5949 or visit parkboard.org
The McKenna Family Farm opens its doors for yet another full season of fun. Pick a pumpkin, navigate the corn maze or take a hayride through the farm’s spook-tacular woods.
Bring the whole family and maneuver your way through one of Missouri’s most popular corn mazes. Once you’ve made your way through the maze, pick, carve and paint a pumpkin at the farm’s pumpkin patch before you head back to the gift shop and share stories of your day.
Bring the family and a furry friend to the 10th annual Pets and Pumpkins Festival. Enjoy the event’s great food and games or enter the costume contest or cheer on your family and friends as they walk in one of 417-land’s largest costume parades.
$2; 12–5 p.m., October 15; Commercial Street between Robberson and Campbell, Springfield; for more information, call 417-830-8121 or visit petsandpumpkins.com