There are a number of fun activities to take part in in Nashville, and Halloween is always a great time to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer. Recently a group of 2nd years headed out to Honeysuckle Hill Farm’s Haunted Woods and Corn Maze to scare ourselves silly in celebration of Halloween. We caravanned out to the location and immediately started getting into the fall spirit, jumping around on the “Corn Popper,” a giant trampoline populated entirely by children until we showed up. The kids jumping around us definitely outlasted us on that, although Taylor did succeed in “cracking the egg” with Skylar.
Next, we made our way to the Corn Maze, studied the map, and then headed in, but somehow the maze didn’t seem to correspond to the map we’d seen. After wandering around for 30 minutes or so we finally made our way back out to the maze entrance, where we were told we’d been lost in the “kiddie” maze the entire time and hadn’t even made it into the actual adult maze pictured on the map, oops.
Following some hot apple cider and hot chocolate, we got in line for the Haunted Woods… and waited… and waited. Eventually, we made it to the front of the line, where we were split into two groups to go through the Haunted Woods. We squeezed through a narrow passage and then one-by-one took the plunge down a slide and into the unknown of the actual Haunted Woods, an area we would have to hike through for 40 minutes before taking a hay ride back to the beginning.
Trekking through the woods, we encountered graveyards, scary clowns, deranged butchers, creepy children, and other eerie scenes. Our group was composed of different types: those who jumped and screamed at every figure that leaped out at us, those who capitalized on those individuals by grabbing and further spooking them, and those who observed the others with humor. I fell into the first camp, so I spent the entire experience clinging to Shannon and trying to avoid eye contact with the actors who leaped out at us.
We all made it through the Haunted Woods safely, although Ashley was a little disturbed when one of the actors knew her name (her group had come through after ours and he had some advanced warning). We celebrated our successful hike on the hay ride back, and then picked out some pumpkins to take home with us. All in all, it was a fun and festive way to spend a weekend night with friends and classmates.