Rooting out a haunted maze at Nathan Hale Homestead

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.

2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docents from the Young Friends of Hale (from left to right) Makala Cavin of Coventry, Jackie Griswold of Coventry, Abby Winter of Tolland, and Stephen Mulholland of Cheshire pull up young corn stalks at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze on September 27–28 and October 4–5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com XMIT: B583029932Z.1

2013.06.30 – Coventry, CT – Junior docents from the Young Friends of Hale (from left to right) Makala Cavin of Coventry, Jackie Griswold of Coventry, Abby Winter of Tolland, and Stephen Mulholland of Cheshire pull up young corn stalks at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze on September 27–28 and October 4–5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

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  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Haunted corn maze designers Sandy Proctor (right) and Cheryll Moreau (left) hold a short planning meeting before taking a group of junior docents from the Young Friends of Hale out into a corn field at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday. The group pulled young corn stalks in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docents from the Young Friends of Hale (from left to right) Makala Cavin of Coventry, Jackie Griswold of Coventry, Abby Winter of Tolland, and Stephen Mulholland of Cheshire pull up young corn stalks at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze on September 27–28 and October 4–5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com XMIT: B583029932Z.1
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Haunted corn maze designers Sandy Proctor and Cheryll Moreau held a short planning meeting before taking a group of junior docents in the Young Friends of Hale program out into a corn field at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday. The group pulled young corn plants in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docent Jackie Griswold of Coventry pulls up young corn stalks at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docents (from left) Thomas Mulholland of Cheshire, Emily Kennedy of Coventry, Aidan Kennedy of Coventry, and Stephen Mulholland of Cheshire, remove rocks from a corn field at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docents (from left) Stephen Mulholland of Cheshire and Jake Michaels of Coventry remove rocks from a corn field at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docents (from left) Aidan Kennedy of Coventry and Stephen Mulholland of Cheshire remove rocks from a corn field at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27–28 and October 4–5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Haunted corn maze co-designer Sandy Proctor shouts directions to junior docents in the Young Friends of Hale program in a corn field at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday. The group pulled young corn plants in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Junior docents in the Young Friends of Hale program hand young corn stalks to co-leader of the program Emily Proctor, who will carry them away from a corn field at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday. The group pulled young stalks in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Haunted corn maze designers Sandy Proctor and Cheryll Moreau held a short planning meeting before taking a group of junior docents in the Young Friends of Hale program out into a corn field at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday. The group pulled young corn plants in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com
  • 2013.06.30 - Coventry, CT - Co-leader of the Young Friends of Hale program Emily Proctor (left) and junior docents in the program walk off a corn field at The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry on Sunday. The group pulled young stalks in preparation for the Hale Homestead Haunted Corn Maze attraction appearing on September 27-28 and October 4-5. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

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.

 

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