To the Bat-maze, Robin. With input from social media and the influence of Batman fans working at All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, the fall attraction went with a corn maze tribute to the superhero this year.
Now open, the maze – depicting a standing Batman and the Batman symbol above Gotham City – encompasses about 12 acres, offering about 3 miles of pathways intertwined with various games people can play as they meander through, said Eddie Hong, All Seasons production manager.
Is he a Batman fan?
“Yeah, who isn’t?” he said.
The orchard at 14510 Route 176 in Woodstock asked fans of its Facebook page a few months back to suggest corn maze design ideas in exchange for free tickets.
“We got maybe 150 or 200 submissions,” Hong said. “Based on the number of likes and the popularity of how it hit with the owner and everybody else that works here, we chose Batman.”
The maze includes Farm Scene Investigation and Password games. In Farm Scene Investigation, maze-goers must try to solve a crime as they reach various checkpoints, while the Password games asks them trivia questions they must answer correctly to get pointed in the right direction.
It’s always a big draw at the orchard, which also includes a new cider mill and bakery, apple and pumpkin picking and more than 30 family activities, such as a petting zoo, pony rides, an apple cannon, live shows and more. The attraction draws visitors from beyond McHenry County, with about half of its customers coming from Chicago, Hong said.
“We’re kind of a one-stop fall show,” he said.
Though Hong doesn’t quite understand the draw of the maze.
“Beats me,” he said. “I don’t like getting lost myself, but a lot of people enjoy it. They always come out, and they enjoy getting lost for one reason or another.”
For information on the maze and the other attractions, visit www.allseasonsorchard.com.