Please note: this review is for the 2010 season rather than the current season.

Haunted Forest and Cornfield at Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High


One never knows what they will come across in a cornfield in Washington County, as it turns out.

On your visit to the Haunted Cornfield, you will traverse a glowing spider web and eventually meet its spitting creator.

There is a pirate ship with its captain and a surprise guest.

Throughout the field, you will encounter glowing red and white eyes staring at you from the dark amidst the sounds of the night.

There are witches brewing concoctions in cauldrons and aliens that have found earth to be a fertile area for colonization.

You will meet the Wolfman and will contemplate a solitary walk through a graveyard.

On your trip, you will pass through a house of confusion with tapestry the same pattern as the walls.

Prior to entering the maze, there are plenty of options for how to spend your time.

The Cornfield is a pumpkin farm and has an impressive array of pumpkins, squash and gourds to buy.

There is also a gift shop on site selling Halloween themed gifts and a snack area selling cider and caramel apples among other fall treats.

The staff maintain a raised fire pit and snacks are sold in that area.

I am told they tell scary stories around the fire. When I visited, people sat and enjoyed the warmth in silence awaiting their call into the field.

Signage / Visibility / Location

The Cornfield is in a fairly rural location. The directions on the website are helpful and my GPS found it with no difficulty.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment

Once actually in line, there isn't much to do but wait once your ticket number grouping is called.

Prior to being called, there is plenty of browsing to do through the rows of pumpkins, in the gift shop and around the grounds.

As was mentioned, there is a very pleasant bonfire to sit by to pass the time while you are waiting for your group to be called.

There is a digital message board near the fire that lets you know what groups are currently able to wait in line.

Plenty of snacks, etc. are available.

This is really one of the more rich Halloween environments to pass time in.

Actors' Performance

I particularly appreciated the actor's portraying animals in an area where you eventually end up in a shrinking cage.

Overall, all of the live performers in the field had invested involvements with us and seemed to enjoy their roles. Costuming and make up were above average.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX

The creators of the cornfield did a remarkable job of setting up scenes in the field and having lots of audio and smaller scenes in-between the major stops.

There is plenty to pay attention to in your walk through the corn. Quiet moments are few and beware when it becomes too quiet.

Warning: there is a very heavy reliance on strobe lights in the field if you are sensitive to that.


Depending on the pace of your walk, your journey through the field should take you about a half hour.

Crowd Control

For my visit, groups were being called 50 at a time. Groups were sent into the maze in about 5 minute intervals and they were allowing individual couples and small groups to enter on their own vs in pre-set groupings like 8 at a time, etc. This added to the wait, but improved the overall individual experience.

Most Memorable Moment

For my group, we particularly appreciated the scene with a pirate ship and also the area that eventually evolves into a caging. The actors in that area in particular gave very lively performances.


I really enjoyed this event. The walk through the field really makes you have to keep your wits about you and there is some kind of stimulation either audio or visual throughout the field. This was a very satisfying visit and is highly recommended.

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May 23rd, 2024 1:57 a.m. CDT 24.08