Haunted Maze: Mike Kaiser's Poor Farm 

click to enlarge An prior incarnation of Poor Mike's corn maze.
  • An prior incarnation of Poor Mike's corn maze.
★★★★½

Through Oct. 29.

For a refreshing twist on haunted entertainment, it's worth making the short drive down to Franklin to visit Mike Kaiser's Poor Farm. Running strong in its 11th year, this haunted corn maze challenges guests to find their way through the dimly lit field with lots of interesting stops along the way. More than 20 enthusiastic volunteers populate nooks and crannies throughout the course, and almost half of them are armed with chainsaws.

My group of three spent nearly an hour navigating the maze and often let our guard down after extended periods of spook-free perambulation. This, of course, always made for an extra-exciting rush when the next monster made his move on us.

There were interactive scenes inside tents and small buildings, but it was the uninhabited passages that always seemed to trouble me the most. The friendly staff maintained balance between passionate, in-character acting and helpful, real-person assistance when needed.

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