A group of junior docents in the Young Friends of Hale program at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry took to a corn field to pull stalks in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze. The annual attraction will feature a series of haunted scenes on September 27–28 and October 4–5 from 7–9 p.m.
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The Young Friends of Hale co-leader, Emily Proctor, gives guided tours at the Hale Homestead and used the apron of her 18th-century dress to haul away the group’s discarded plants.
In addition to pulling corn stalks, the junior docents will build scenes and provide performers for the maze. The group is in its 12th year and usually has about 15–20 members aged 11 to 18. When the maze debuts, ACT Performing Arts Magnet School in Willimantic will also supply performers for a graveyard scene in the attraction.
Before hitting the field, maze co-designer Sandy Proctor passed around printouts of this year’s design to the group. Her thick binder included many color photos of haunted sets and actors in ghoulish makeup.
“I love it. You can use your imagination,” Proctor said.
Proctor says the attraction relies heavily on donated materials — many structures are built from materials donated by Connecticut Valley Fence Company. And in years past she and partner Cheryll Griswold have received a rowboat, wagon wheels, rubber chickens, buoys, antlers and barrels — all in the name of a scary good time.