Provo Corn Maze needs a hero. At least, that is how each event at the McCoard’s Garden Center’s fall activities is set up.
During October, McCoard’s Garden Center transforms into a Halloween festivity with its corn maze, zombie paintball and other autumn-themed activities. But it’s more than a corn maze — it’s a mission (if you so choose to accept it).
“I think it’s the perfect place because it encompasses a little bit of everything,” said Samantha McCoard, co-owner of McCoard’s Provo Corn Maze. “Everyone in your family or if you are going on a date — whether you want to get a pumpkin or play games or be adventurous — will enjoy it. It is one place that fits all ages.”
In a choose-your-own-adventure fashion, here’s what McCoard’s Provo Corn Maze has to offer:
Provo’s Corn Maze offers three mazes, which are all interwoven with one another. The Kids Maze is just over a quarter mile long, the Adventurous Maze is 1.4 miles and the Insane Maze is 3.8 miles.
This year’s corn maze theme features a brave knight defending the castle against a fire breathing dragon. However, the feet in this dragon-themed maze isn’t to save the fair maiden. Instead, the task is to rescue the company’s pup, named Boots, who has been kidnapped by monsters. By finding the monsters in the maze and punching a clue card, corn maze adventurers will reveal which monster stole Boots and where he is located.
If monster tracking isn’t in the cards for you — which is part of the largest of the three mazes at Provo’s Corn Maze — then you can track a missing pie that was stolen by animals.
“I think it’s a little more fun and it gives it more diversity than a traditional corn maze,” McCoard said. “You can have a goal and push yourself to see everything in the corn maze.”
The corn maze costs $7 for children (ages 3–9) and $10 for adults; children under the age of 2 are free.
Zombie paintball patrol
A horticulturalist crossbreed accident has McCoard’s Garden Center in Provo begging for Utah Valley resident’s help to save the researchers turned zombies. By shooting paintballs laced with anti-viral treatments at these zombies, participants help the McCoards save its researchers.
In this rescue mission, participants load into a trailer with stationary paintball guns. During the approximately 15 minute ride, the trailer drives the rescuers through a field where they shoot at zombies, which are heavy padded workers running through an open field.
“I have kids of all ages that love it,” McCoard said. “My 2-year-old nephew loves it, older kids love it.”
To join the zombie paintball patrol, it costs $20.
Pick-your-own pumpkin patch
If you need a pumpkin to carve or just to decorate your front porch, McCoard’s Garden Center has a pick-your-own pumpkin patch to the north of the corn maze.
See the pumpkin patch from a new perspective. Take a ride on the Halloween zipline above the pumpkin patch. One ride on the zipline costs $10.
Besides the rescue effort activities and other Halloween traditions, Provo Corn Maze has a variety of other carnival type activities. From the corn pit to the bean bag toss, the carnival activities are included as part of the corn maze admission.
A new edition this year is the hay bail castle in the pumpkin patch. Kids can storm the castle to play on the swings and slide. Plus, there are foam noodles for safe sword fighting.
McCoard’s Provo Corn Maze is open on Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m.– 11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. The zipline and zombie paintball activity are only open from Thursday through Saturday. Learn more at provocornmaze.com.