Aliens, zombies, ghouls, ghosts and vampires are all roaming the grounds at Fantozzi Farms in Patterson, as the popular fall attraction re-opens for its 19th year.
Fantozzi Farms, operated by Paul and Denise Fantozzi, has a bevy of family-friendly activities, highlighted by the 25 acres of corn mazes with more than five miles of paths. Within the mazes are 12 hidden checkpoints for guests to find and finding them all earns guests a certificate of completion.
The corn mazes are designed to be enjoyed by all ages with some especially for younger children and featuring games to help them along. The primary corn maze has an alien theme this year.
The courtyard has a hay bale maze, hay pyramids, large jumping pillow, hayrides, corn cannons, cow train rides, petting zoo, huge pipe slides, corn seed pit, pedal karts, pig races, zombie shooting range, and of course a pumpkin patch, with selections from small to large.
For those looking to add a little more spookiness to their night, Fantozzi Farms is operating a haunted drive through attraction with plenty of thrills and chills. Rooms representing different fears have been built over the course of the drive through and some feature animated exhibits and others have live actors looking to give carloads a jump scare or two.
"It's not bloody or gory, but it is definitely scary," Denise said of the drive-through attraction.
Last year, Fantozzi Farms had to deal with COVID-19 restrictions, which is how the drive through attraction was created. This year, they have had to deal with impacts from the drought.
"For the first time we did not have enough water to grow our own pumpkins, so we had to purchase them to have the pumpkin patch," Denise said. "We had just enough water to grow the corn maze."
The corn maze is created by utilizing GPS, which allows for an extensive and detailed cut. Once the maze has run its course for the season, all the corn is cut down and used as silage for livestock.
The corn maze and the courtyard attractions are open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. The cost of admission for the corn maze and courtyard attractions is $10 per person and free for those 4 years and younger.
The haunted drive through attraction is open from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The cost is $25 per car.
Cash only at the gate.
Both the haunted drive through and the corn maze and attractions will close after Oct. 31.
Fantozzi Farms is located at 2665 Sperry Avenue in Patterson. Tickets can be bought in advance at https://fantozzifarms.com.