Halloween. It’s the one day of the year where it is okay to not be yourself. To dress up as something scary, sexy, sweet, cute or funny. It’s the one time of the year when it’s okay to go up to a stranger and ask them for candy. It’s the unofficial kick off of autumn, and leads into the holiday season, where your schedule will no doubt be filled with numerous events, visits from family and more parties than you can count.
But, first, the festivities leading up to All Hallows Eve.
One of my favorite things about Halloween is visiting the Pumpkin Patch. The muddy walkways, the orange trees, the smell of apple cider wafting through the wilderness. The Corn Mazes. Kruger Farms, on Sauvie Island has one of the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the Portland/Metro area.
Kruger farms, where the colors of autumn are resplendent and dazzling, is a working, 150-acre farm nestled in the heart of Sauvie Island, just minutes from Downtown Portland. After making the short drive in, we arrive and take in the natural beauty that only autumn in the Pacific Northwest can provide. Golden-orange pumpkins dot the fields, providing a glorious contrast to the final remnants of green vines and leaves. Mt. Hood stands as a non-threatening specter in the not so distant sky. My daughter immediately jumps into a mud puddle and then claps her hands at the hayride rumbling along beneath the varying fall colors of a one-hundred-year old oak tree.
“Dad, can I go? Can I?”
“Of course you can, my dear. Your mom will take you.” I had something else on the brain: The Trails of Terror Corn Maze.
Featuring three acres of macabre surprises, be cautioned not to watch Children of the Corn before entering this terrifying, blackened labyrinth. I did not take my own lesson, as scary movies run concurrent with the Halloween season.
My son and I (my wife and daughter were enjoying live music, roasted corn and caramel apples, while waiting for the hay ride) made our way to the maze, neither admitting that we were terribly frightened. Upon entering the pitch black maze, we stumbled upon “Dracula’s nostril”. One of us screamed—probably me, but I will never admit to it. My heart raced, goose flesh broke out on my skin, but that had to be the worst of it.
But it wasn’t.
Swamp Man jumped out at me and my skin nearly peeled off from fright. Still, the misty trail didn’t seem that bad, until Bandaged head Guy leapt at us and growled in our faces. I had enough and I Usain Bolted it out of there. Not recommended for children OR, too-brave-for-their-own-good adults.
I can’t wait to go back!
Kruger Farms is located at 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd In Portland, Oregon.