As Halloween approaches, many students join individuals from all over the county to partake in several popular autumn events, including corn mazes, haunted trails, hayrides, and more. This year, St. Mary’s County will feature several fall attractions close to the college that are sure to entertain.
Students looking for a haunting event may want to attend the “Spirits of Point Lookout,” located at The Point Lookout State Park. This historical and interactive event organized by Kiwanis will feature some of Point Lookout’s many legendary hauntings and tragedies. The event runs Oct. 28-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will include music, concessions, live presentations, games for the children, and a 50 minute half-mile haunted trail.
For those looking for an event closer to home, students are invited to enjoy a theatrical event as they walk through Historic St. Mary’s City and enjoy paths haunted by 17th century colonists. The event, titled “Grave Matters” will occur on Oct. 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Driving down Route 5, it is not uncommon to come across signs indicating several pumpkin patches and similar events. One of the larger corn maze events this year will take place at the Forrest Hall Farm, located on 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, MD.
“We went to the corn maze last year,” sophomore Leila Kurman said. “It was a really fun activity to do right before Halloween, especially with a large group of friends. I would definitely like to go again this year.”
Junior Will Rees, who attended the maze in previous years, also felt the event was a great way to celebrate the fall season. “I loved the corn maze last year because I went with my friends. I actually just went again today,” Rees said.
Along with the five-acre maze through cornstalks, The “Crazy Corn Maze” will also include farm animals, pumpkin patches, a picnic area, local produce, and hayrides. Hours are 11 a.m. to dusk on weekends throughout the month of October.
Students may also want to visit the Craft Guild Shop in Leonardtown Square for an afternoon of “Scarecrow Making” and Trick-or-Treating at Downtown Merchants, also on Saturday Oct. 29, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located off of Route 5, next to the Maryland Antiques Center.