FISHERS — The Conner Prairie's corn maze this year will be honoring one of the spookiest legends in history — Sleepy Hollow.
For The Legend of Sleepy Hollow's 200th anniversary, Conner Prairie created a 22,160-foot corn maze that transforms into an interactive scare-filled attraction after dark.
"This year’s design — sponsored by Corteva Agriscience — is a nod to the event’s literary heritage," Conner Prairie's release stated. "In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the maze depicts a sword-wielding headless rider leaping out of an open book, surrounded by bats in flight."
The maze opens for the fall season on Saturday, September 26, with family-friendly tours during the day and after-dark haunted hours for scare seekers.
The maze features three adventure paths full of twists and turns:
- Puzzle Maze: A family-friendly puzzle maze.
- Kids' Maze: A short maze for young children.
- Haunted Maze: Inspired by real ghost stories of the region, explorers should prepare to be scared when they enter this maze during the Headless Horseman festival in October.
To maintain social distancing, staff will pace guests as they enter the maze, and a guest limit on the number of people who can enter the labyrinth will be put in place. Conner Prairie also requires the masks be worn at all times, per the state and city mandates.
“We’re so happy to preserve this fall experience for families who have had so many traditions disrupted due to COVID-19,” Norman Burns, president and CEO of Conner Prairie, said. “We’ve taken safeguards to ensure we’re providing a safe event for our visitors and employees, and doing all that we can to deliver the same thrills and family fun guests have come to expect.”
The maze is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, September 26, for $5 per guest or $3 per member. The Headless Horseman festival will be open on select dates from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., October 1 through October 30. Some activities may run until 10 p.m. or later.