We had so much fun this past weekend visiting the annual Fall Festival at Greendell Landscape Solutions in Mooresville! If you've never been to this Morgan County Fall tradition, get it on your calendar, stat. The Fall Festival includes three distinct aspects - the corn maze, pumpkin patch and the play area. A trip to the pumpkin patch and play area via hayride is only $3 per person (kids age 2 and under are free).
The pumpkin patch features wheel barrows to help you haul your prize pumpkins and a great fire ring that's perfect for chilly fall days. Pumpkins are priced by size - mini's start at only 50 cents and prices range up to $20 for an XXLarge pumpkin. So, the first thing you're going to do is board the hayride!
Our favorite part of the Fall Festival is always the corn maze and in 2016 it featured a fun Harry Potter theme! Admission to the corn maze is $9 per person ($7 for kids age 3-11 and ages 2 and under are free). A family special rate includes hayrides, pumpkin patch, play area and corn maze for $40 and there are also group rates available (call ahead to schedule groups at 317-996-2826). Once the hayride reached the wooded area, we hopped off the wagon and followed the spiders (they're not real, folks) a short way through the woods to a magical portkey that transported us to the Marauder's Maze. (This year's corn maze theme is Moonlit Memories and Lunar Legends.)
Along the way, you'll find questions based on to help guide you to the shortest route. Those familiar with the popular series of books will have no trouble navigating the maze but a few of the questions are a bit tricky, so watch out for those!
Our friends from Arizona remarked on how tall the corn is here - something we've never thought much about, but I supposed the Midwest is the very best place to enjoy a great corn maze!
We will warn you that there may be a few places where the corn sustained some damage during this year's summer storms, but that didn't affect our enjoyment of the maze a bit. After successfully reaching the end of the maze, we traveled on to the pumpkin patch to choose our Halloween jack-o-lantern canvases for the year.
The play area includes a small play house for the little ones, giant tractor tires and a straw pile to climb on and lots of fun games. There's a ball toss, giant checkers, giant jenga, corn hole (of course) and more for kids of all ages to enjoy. We had a blast playing jenga, making up new rules for checkers and taking a few selfies. When we were finally ready to return to the parking area, the concession stand was a welcome sight with cold apple cider and soft drinks!
If you haven't had quite enough fall fun by the time you leave, nearby you'll find Anderson Orchard where you can indulge in apple picking, fresh raspberries (until the first hard frost) and yummy treats from their concession stand, including frozen cider slushies and fried apple pies!
If you go:
- If you have a large group, please call ahead at 317-996-2826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The concession area features lots of options - burgers, BBQ, cookies, cider. etc. but they're only open on weekends.
If you go on a weekday, choose from nearby local favorites for lunch or dinner.
- Special 2017 dates during the fall festival include October 6-7, when you can enjoy the corn maze by moonlight, from 7 pm to Midnight, and October 28, when you can participate in a Halloween Costume Competition. Have you photo taken in your costume and enter to win an Amazon gift card. All ages welcome to participate. There are even special goodies for anyone in costume!