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When the temperature drops and September begins, you know it’s time for all things autumn. Pumpkin-flavored everything, hayrides, and haunted houses are a few of my favorite things around this time of year, but thanks to the pandemic, many of my favorite activities will not be able to happen. This is getting a little old, corona!

But I have some good news. Fall is not totally canceled. You can keep "corn maze" on your to-do list for this season.

One of the best parts about the fall season is that the humidity has disappeared, and the foliage begins to turn, making outdoor activities very enjoyable. No one expected our fall activities to take a hit this year, but here we are, trying to come to terms with it. Pumpkin patches will be sparse, apple orchards will be quiet, haunted houses and trails will not be allowed, and the realization that the town of Salem will be a ghost town (and not the fun, Halloween kind) brings a tear to my eye.

Thank goodness we have local farms that have worked hard to create stunning corn mazes that promote the fall season and keep participants safe. To top it off, some of the participating farms will have much more excitement to offer than just getting lost in the corn.

Did someone say cinnamon donuts and pumpkins?

For more information on participating farms, ticket information, other hands-on activities, and a bird’s eye view of the incredible mazes you could explore, keep scrolling.