Family spotlights: Pumpkin Express, Shafer Corn Maze

  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 2:00 PM
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Shafer Corn Maze

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PUMPKIN EXPRESS

Ride a classic ’50s bus to the Osceola Depot, where you will board the train for a ride to the pumpkin patch and other fall-themed activities. Attractions include pump car and wagon rides and face painting. Check out the haunted depot for a few tricks. Reservations suggested. (Trains depart 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri.-next Sun. Buses leave from Osceola High School, 1114 Oak Ridge Dr., Osceola, Wis. $5-$20. www.trainride.org.)

BEFORE AND AFTER DARK

An autumn event for all ages. By day, guests can wind through a 12-acre labyrinth and nearly a half-million corn stalks. Additional activities include a petting zoo, straw bale jump, obstacle course and more. Once the sun goes down, the ghouls and goblins come out to frighten, er, welcome guests into Stalkers of the Corn. Be ready for a night of fright as guests are invited to walk the narrow, heart-pounding paths through rustling stalks of corn in the dark of night. (Noon-6 p.m. today, next Sun.; noon-9 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5.50-$12. Shafer Corn Maze, Hwy. 8 and Quinlan Ln., Shafer, Minn. 651-353-0675. www.shafercorn maze.com.

MELISSA WALKER

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