Pumpkin patch, corn maze at Camp Fontanelle offer laughs, scares


Whether you like sweet treats, are the more athletic type or like to be scared in the dark, Camp Fontanelle has something to offer you over the next three weekends. The pumpkin patch and corn maze at Camp Fontanelle is holding Search for Treats in the maze, its sixth-annual Wilderness Run and Scary Nights in the Maze, with the first event on Oct. 18.

Search for Treats

Dress in costume and head out to Camp Fontanelle Oct. 18 and 25 for the annual Search for Treats in the Maze in collaboration with the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign. Everyone who brings a new toy valued at $5 or more will receive a free pass into the corn maze. Volunteers will be found throughout the short part of the maze between 2 and 4 p.m., passing out treats. There is no additional charge for the Search for Treats; simply pay the corn maze entrance and have fun finding your way through the maze.

After the maze, take advantage of all that is offered at the camp, including two jumping pillows, the zipline, laser tag in the maze, the petting barn area and a hayrack ride. Additional costs apply to the zipline, laser tag and pony rides.

The 6th Annual Wilderness Run/Walk

Another opportunity to dress in costume is the annual Wilderness Run. On Saturday, Oct. 24, pirates and princesses will be found running/walking through the woods at Camp Fontanelle.

Beginning at the 7:24 Shelter, participants will cross the bridge at Buttermilk Creek, navigate through the woods and build up an appetite while supporting Camp Fontanelle. This sixth-annual event provides a challenging course for the 5K runners and 1.25 walkers. Beautiful scenery, including the changing color of the leaves, will be the backdrop for this event.

After the run/walk, participants will enjoy a spaghetti meal and then be presented awards for their age groups. All children will receive a medal. Onlookers can purchase a meal for $50. All Wilderness runners/walkers will also receive a free corn maze pass.
Registration can be done at campfontanelle.com or the morning of the race. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. with the race beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30. Cost is $30.

Scary Nights in the Maze

It is an eerie feeling walking through the maze in the dark. Was that the rustle of the corn, or a creepy clown? Did that mannequin move? When you walk through a corn maze at night, it is hard to know what will happen.

Come out to the corn maze at Camp Fontanelle on one (or all) of the three Scary Nights in the Maze. Scheduled for Oct. 24, 30 and 31, visitors may spook themselves in the short part of the maze, as there will be no scarers in the corn. The long part of the maze is a different story, with volunteers doing their best to add a little excitement to their adventure in the corn.

Other activities will include movies at the petting barn and zipping over a ravine in the dark on the zipline.

The chilling event runs 7-10 p.m. on all three nights. Cost for the maze is $7 for ages 12 and up and $5 for participants younger than 12. The zipline is $10 for two 350-foot rides. The corn maze is recommended to those who like to be scared and may not be appropriate for younger ages. The movies and the zipline are for most ages.

The activities during the fall season, known as the second season, at Camp Fontanelle support the summer camping ministry. Proceeds are invested back into the camp to improve programming and facilities. More information can be found at campfontanelle.com.

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