By DEVASTASHA BEAVER
MADISON TOWNSHIP —
Family-friendly fun and hair-raising horror meet at Regal Vineyards’ Fall Fest, Haunted Winery and Corn Maze.
Guests can enjoy an 8-acre corn maze, hay rides and other fun autumn activities during the daytime.
In the evening, however, a haunted maze will have a few terrifying twists and turns including a haunted trail.
Owner Debbie Mihalik said, “We’ve expanded into so many new areas this year. We’ve added a Vortex Tunnel which is really fun.” The Haunted Winery has more than 50 undead actors.
This year’s maze features a sailboat on the west side of the field to represent the Madison community and bunches of grapes on the east side to represent the community of Geneva.
Two communities support Regal Vineyards at its Countyline location, and the initials “RV” are in the center of the maze to reflect that.
“We really do try to offer something for everyone. The haunted attractions are not recommended for children under 13,” Mihalik said. “We want to make sure people know it’s pretty scary.”
The not-scary Fall Fest and Corn Maze features a you-pick pumpkin patch, hay rides, a campfire, and farm animals, among many other activities that are fun for all ages. Other activities include corn cannons and paintball target shooting.
The Fall Fest and Corn Maze runs Friday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. through Nov. 1.
“We try to discourage people from coming right at 6 p.m. because the haunted attractions start at 7 p.m. and it really takes a good couple of hours to enjoy our farm,” Mihalik said.
Children age 2 and under are free, and 3 and over are $8, which includes the hayride. There is an additional cost for the pumpkins picked.
“We’re also going to have a pumpkin-smashing day with prizes. It should be fun. We haven’t firmed up the date yet,” she said, but asks that people check www.regalvineyards.com for updates.
The much more frightening Haunted Winery, Vortex Tunnel Tent, and haunted Corn Maze run Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight until Nov. 2. The Haunted attractions will also be open on Halloween night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission to the Haunted Corn Maze and trail is $10, and admission to the Haunted Winery and tent with the Vortex Tunnel is $15. There is a combination ticket available for $20 for all haunted attractions.
There is also the “Dinner & Thrill” package that includes dinner at the Grand River Cellars winery, with a tasting of Regal Vineyard’s Blood Red and Fright White wines and admission to the Haunted Winery and Vortex Tunnel.
During the daytime festivities, Regal Vineyards will be hosting different non-profit groups such as the Lake County Humane Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Double Deuce Interscholastic Equestrian Team.
The non-profit groups will receive a portion of the ticket proceeds on the days they are present.