Halloween is right around the corner, and in Yakima there are plenty of spooky activities, such as haunted houses, school dances and the Union Gap Corn Maze.

The corn maze is something my friends and I have been going to for the past three years. If you’ve never been, let me tell you a little about it.

The corn maze is exactly what you’d imagine it to be: a maze in a cornfield. During the day there are various activities around the maze and a pumpkin patch for families. But at night it’s a completely different story.

The “haunted maze” takes place at night, during which about 30 people dress up as your typical Halloween stereotypes — you know, clowns, werewolves, ax murderers, the usual. These haunters hide in the corn and jump out, and scare and chase anyone who comes near them.

Every year the whole corn maze experience goes exactly the same. Big groups of friends enter ... and never exit together.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for your experience at the corn maze:

  • Do bring someone. It’s very easy to get separated, especially when you’re running around in the dark. I recommend going with at least one friend or a significant other to cling to. That way, if you do get separated from the rest of the group, you’ll have at least one other person with you.
  • Don’t bring little kids to the haunted maze.

Something that I’ve seen at the maze every year is crying, upset children. Remember that if you’re taking a child to the maze with you, it’s a lot scarier than maybe a movie they’d seen. I have had some friends much older than the terrified 5-year-olds who have gotten really spooked. There’s just something a bit unsettling about a grown man chasing you in the dark with a chain saw. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.

  • Do bring a light source. Flashlights are always a good option because, well, it’s pitch black and you’re running around. Just be aware that all the haunters know you’re coming when you have your flashlight on.
  • Don’t give another person your phone. Even if the other person is someone you’re close with, it’s best you don’t let them use it as a flashlight or, actually, for any reason. Take it from me, they can easily get separated from you, and you’re left without a phone until your friends find their way out of the maze.
  • Do remember to dress warm. October is a pretty chilly month in general, especially at night. Even when you are running around, it’s freezing.
  • Take these tips and have a spooky time this year at the corn maze, which is located at 3213 Tacoma St. in Union Gap.

    Gracie Miller is a sophomore at Eisenhower High School.