Corn mazes on Long Island

Katie Hayes and Megan Hayes, both from Massapequa,

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Corn mazes on LI range from a 10-minute stroll for the wee ones to mind-bending 30- to 50-minute puzzles that will tax your knowledge, memory and concentration. And, there also are night mazes where ghosts, ghouls and other creatures rattle the stalks behind and jump out at you.

Younger children may need to be accompanied through some of the Island’s many mazes. If so, the adult may also have to pay admission. If a night maze is on your agenda, plan to bring a flashlight. It is OK to ask if live actors are stationed in the maze. You shouldn’t expect to be grabbed, but do expect close encounters of the scary kind. And, while you don’t want ghouls and goblins touching you, remember that you shouldn’t try to touch them, either. -- BY SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

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    Andrews Family Farm and Greenhouses Farm stand 1038 Sound Ave. Wading River $3 (free for adult accompanying paying child). This 1/4-acre by 1/4-acre, kid-friendly corn maze takes about 10 minutes to maneuver. Afterward, browse 3 acres of pumpkins and enjoy the farm stand's baked goods and roasted corn ($2.50).

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    The BBGG Farm & Nursery (William Borella) Farm stand, U-Pick venues 625 North Country Rd. St. James At a whopping 15 acres, this unthemed corn maze ($5) can take 45 minutes to an hour to maneuver, "unless you run," says owner William Borella. "It isn't elaborate. We don't have actors, bridges or people jumping out at you. It is just an old-fashioned fun maze." You can also take a 15-minute hayride ($5) around the perimeter of the farm. There also is a combo ticket ($8) that covers the corn maze and hayride. Afterward, enjoy hot cider ($2) and roasted corn ($3 or two for $5) at the concession stand.

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    Borella's Farm Stand Farm stand 485 Edgewood Avenue St. James Take a 20-minute hayride to the 2-acre, kid-friendly corn maze (included in $11 farm admission). Once you find your way through this mild puzzler, you exit to the pumpkin patch (79 cents per pound). The festival also includes bounce rides, corn launchers, face painting ($3-$5) and a tire corn box, which is similar to a sand box. Don't forget to visit the concession stand for burgers, dogs and roasted corn.

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    Elwood Pumpkin Farm Attractions 1500 Jericho Tpke. Huntington This small kid-friendly corn maze (150 feet by 150 feet) will amuse the children without confounding them. Accompanying adult must also pay the $4 admission. Afterward, take a 20-minute wagon ride ($6) around the farm and learn about growing pumpkins and other farm trivia before stopping at the 11-acre pumpkin patch.

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    Katie Hayes and Megan Hayes, both from Massapequa,

    Fairview Farm Farm stand, Attractions, Pumpkin picking 69 Horsemill Lane Bridgehampton This year’s corn maze design depicts a pig with its hooves on two pumpkins ($10 adults, $8 ages 4-11). After enjoying the corn maze and pumpkin picking (70 cents per pound), drop by the farm stand for homemade pies and snacks ($3-$5), including ribbon potatoes, roasted corn and organic popcorn. There also is a corn cannon, and a corn box similar to a sandbox for the little ones.

  • Finks Country Farm U-Pick venues 6242 Middle Country Road Wading River The 7-acre corn maze is theme-less, save for Fink's logo cut into it. The good news is the $13 farm admission (free 2 and younger) includes unlimited access to the maze, plus the animal farm, hay ride and bounce house.

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    F & W Schmitt Farms U-Pick venues 26 Pinelawn Rd. Melville The daytime 7-acre corn maze ($9) has a "Gladiator" theme. You have to reach stations to obtain a stamp that tells you you're going the right way. It takes about 45 minutes to complete. There also is a smaller, spooky nighttime corn maze ($11). Feel free to bring a flashlight as none will be provided. Pumpkins (72 cents per pound) includes a free hayride to the patch.

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    Gabrielsen's Country Farm Farm stand 1299 Main Rd. Jamesport With 11 acres, you’ll easily get turned around in this unthemed puzzler ($9.50 ages 2 and up) that’s full of dead ends and wrong turns that takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Price includes unlimited bounce rides, hayrides, self-guided tours of farm animals, games and music. They also have 1.5 acres of pumpkins (59 cents per pound).

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    Glover Farms Farm stand, U-Pick venues 633 Victory Rd. Brookhaven This 10-acre maze ($6) is themed after "The Hunger Games." In order to solve it, you'll have to follow the clues to find all 13 districts from the popular book and movie. Visitors can also wander through a 15 acres of pumpkins (59 cents per pound) to find the perfect one. And, be sure to visit the concession stand, animals and other games.

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    A man wheels pumpkins at Hank's Pumpkintown in

    Hank's Pumpkintown Farm stand, Apple picking, Pumpkin picking 240 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill Pay one price -- $12-- and you'll get unlimited trips through Hank's three corn mazes -- two lasting 15 minutes and the hour-long "Farm Scene Investigation" maze. Visitors must collect clues to help the figure out what happened to Farmer Joe, who has gone missing. Those 12 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult in the maze park. A long list of other activities come with the mazes (peddle carts, slides, games), so expect to make a day of it. They also have 8 acres of pumpkins (65 cents per pound), including the giant pumpkins that can top 200 pounds. Their extensive concession stand has baked goods, apple cider donuts, snacks and roasted corn.

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