It’s that spooktacular time of year when farm-fueled fun pops up all over the city. Little ghouls and goblins can try their luck at winding their way through corn mazes in SoCal that range from simple to downright corn-fusing! Scroll down to ‘shuck-out’ these cornfield labyrinths (and a few easier to navigate hay bale mazes) this Halloween season.

Frosty's Forest Wizard of Oz Corn Maze

This giant, four-acre corn maze is designed with a Wizard of Oz theme this year! It's good for older kids as there are plenty of dead ends among the twisting, winding trails. Only one trail and good decision making will lead you out of the maze. 

Afterwards, celebrate your maze achievements with pumpkin picking, target paintball shooting, inflatables to bounce in, carnival rides and carnival style arcade games and meeting animals at the petting zoo.

Good to know: There's a haunted corn maze on Fri. & Sat. evenings for those who want a fright. 

Date: Opens October 4, 2019
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4-9 p.m.; Fri., 3-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

14861 Ramona Ave.
Chino, CA 91710
971-303-3486
Online: frostysforest.com

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Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm's Corn Maze

This eight-foot-tall farm-fresh corn maze is perfect for little farmers. (It takes about ten minutes to wind through!) You'll spot this maze planted between the sunflower field and the pumpkin patch. Have your littles grab a partner and work through this labyrinth that has a few dead-ends. When done, take a tractor ride, pick a pumpkin and meet furry friends at the petting zoo.

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Maze: $2/person

Rancho Bernardo
13421 Highland Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA
Online: rbpumpkinfarm.com

Carlsbad Corn Maze

You'll be out of your gourd winding through this cool corn maze. Mom and Dad will want to go in with little runners. The corn stalks are tall, but you'll find hints to help out. When done, you and your little kernals can get a giant Cinderella pumpkin, go for a hay ride and on weekends, there's a market, music, face painting and more. This maze is easy-to-spot off the freeway, so pop over!

Date: opens end of September
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

1000 Cannon Rd.
(near I-5 Fwy)
Carlsbad, CA
Online: carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com

photo: Nikki Walsh

Straw Maze at Bates Nut Farm

Tag… you’re it! Not only is weaving through this sweet straw maze at Bates Nut Farm right for little runners, it’s open for tag on Friday nights. Go on, get a little nutty with: the tractor hayrides, petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides and pumpkin picking (from Bic Macs to Jack O’ Lanterns). Hungry? Hit the food trucks serving our faves: locally-roasted coffees, BBQ and lobster grilled cheese.

Dates: Sept. 21-Oct. 31
Hours: Mon.-Fri.., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. Oct. 11 & 18, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Maze: $2.50/person

15954 Woods Valley Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082
1-800-642-0348
Online: batesnutfarm.biz

Forneris Farms Corn Maze

If you're heading up to the Los Angeles area then check out this a-maizing corn maze. Expect to get lost in it for about an hour! With over four acres and lots of zigs, zags and dead ends, you'll need to use your noggin' to get through it. You can adventure into the corn maze, take a train ride and play in the farm frolic area. The corn is tall and the path bumpy, so wear comfy shoes and bring sunscreen. Kids 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Oct. 1-31

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

15200 Rinaldi St.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
818-730-7707
Online: fornerisfarms.com

photo: MVR Facebook Page

Mountain Valley Ranch

Little farmhands may get a little corn-fused before finding the right path in this 2.5-acre cornfield. A marvelous maze (about 15 minutes worth of fun) for giggling, running and discovering your way. When done, dig into these farm-friendly festivities: pumpkin picking, corn cannon shots, hayrides, pony rides and a petting zoo. Free parking, but bring some cash for other activities.

Dates: Sept. 28-Oct. 31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

842 Highway 78
Ramona, CA 92065
760-788-8703
Online: mountainvalleyranch.com

Summers Past Farms

This pretty corn maze is perfect for little ones to navigate. What's more, you can order a frappuccino or your favorite cup of joe and sit and admire the beauty that surrounds you at this idyllic farm. When done, (and all coffeed-up!) stroll the grounds and find the chickens. Finally, make a stop at the on-site store for freshly made soaps and pick your pumpkin too. Your little fairies are sure to love this spot.

Dates: Pumpkin patch open Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in October

15602 Old Highway 80
El Cajon, CA 92021
619-390-1523
Online: summerspastfarms.com

Tanaka Farms

A short drive north, Tanaka Farms in Irvine is a crazy-cool day trip. Their one-acre corn maze (is not really a maze)! Little bunnies can quickly unravel the five-minute circle to the middle, touch the flag, then come back. There are also plenty of photo ops with hay stacks and cute Hello Kitty themed cut-outs. On October weekends, stay for the Fall Festival and enjoy a wagon ride, pumpkins, u-pick vegetable patch and petting zoo. You have to shuck it out!

Dates: Sept. 21`-Oct. 31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Maze: Free with admission ($4/person); many activity packages are available for purchase.

5380 3/4 University Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Online: tanakafarms.com

Bonita Pumpkin Farm

You can bet the farm that this corn maze will require little farmhands to put on their thinking caps. In-and-out in about ten minutes, yet it can be tricky. We recommend Mom or Dad go too! After finding your way, cover more ground with the hayride and pumpkin patch to finish-up an awesome day of fall fun.

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Hours: Oct. 1-13, Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 14-31, Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Maze: $2/person

Bonita Farm
5354 Sweetwater Rd.
Bonita, CA 91902
Online: bonitatpumpkinfarm.com

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

This kid-sized hay bale maze is nice for young navigators. Your little farmer will also love the corn kernel sandboxes, mud truck play area and swings with playset. Pet some animals, pick a pumpkin––all for $12 a tot. (Free parking). So head on out to this dairy farm for a fantastic day.

Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 31
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Maze: Included in admission

14950 El Monte Rd.
Lakeside, CA 92040
619-390-2929
Online: omaspumpkinpatch.com

Irvine Park Railroad's Hay Bale Maze

Corn you not, your little pumpkin can run around (and scream with delight) in this hay bale maze. The best part: it's free. So they can do it again and again. Once done explore the train ride, hayride, pumpkins galore, ring toss, gold panning and cookie decorating. It gets crazy busy on weekends near Halloween, so show up early for parking.

Dates: Sept. 14-Oct. 31
Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

1 Irvine Park Rd.
Orange, CA 92869
714-997-3968
Online: irvineparkrailroad.com

Underwood Family Farm

Did somebody say family fall road trip? Sure, it's a three hour drive, but it's tons of fun. Admission to their annual Fall Festival includes everything from the corn maze and pig races to the pumpkin play house and a tractor ride. The corn maze is marked with numbered sign and hints inside. Also, there's music, food, rides and more.

Dates: Sept. 28-Oct. 31
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $13-$22/person; children under 2 free; parking is free

3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
Moorpark, CA 93021
805-523-8552
Online: underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Tip: Call the corn maze before your visit to ensure the maze is open and to double check hours. Farm life and agriculture can be unpredictable!

––Nikki Walsh

featured image: Laura Green

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