Fall is definitely in the air these days, and there is plenty of family fun to be had around town.
The Mullinix Corn Maze, located on Carrs Mill Road in Glenwood (across from Western Regional Park), is open for a third season. It is open weekends through Nov, 4, from 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday (last ticket sold at 8:30 p.m.), and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.).
This year, the 10-acre corn maze is designed to mimic Fort McHenry in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Oh say can you see … come enjoy remembering some history while fighting your way through this corn maze fort.
The maze is run by Nance Mullinix and her son, Chris Mullinix. Together they have put their heads together and come up with a great way to have fun.
The Friday evening corn maze is a flashlight event.
In addition to the corn maze, visitors can also enjoy a children's straw maze, hay rides, corn pit (like a sandbox filled with corn), pony rides, build your own scarecrow, and mums, pumpkins, apples and cider for purchase, or enjoy some refreshments around the fire pit.
Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3-11. Those younger than 3 are free.
Please remember that rain can make the paths of the maze muddy, so come prepared. If there is pouring rain or hazardous weather, the maze will be closed.
Another fun family activity is the 3-Mile Haunted Hay Ride at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum on Route 144 in West Friendship (across from the Howard County Fairgrounds). The event will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m., October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.
This family-friendly hay ride is appropriate for those 8 years and older. The 40-minute ride features a wagonload of about 20 people covering 3 miles through woods and fields, past ruins of old farm buildings and equipment, with actors in scary costumes doing their best to make you scream.
The cost for the ride is $15 per person, and no tickets will be sold after 9:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at 3MileHauntedHayRide.com (but since this is a fundraiser, refunds will not be issued). In case of inclement weather, call 410-489-2345 to confirm that the ride has not been canceled.
Don't forget to stop by the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Open House, this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to this event at Central Maryland Research and Education Center on Folly Quarter Road.
There will be horses, cows, calves, turtles, backyard poultry, butterflies and birdwatching, Also, hay wagon farm tours, as well as educational and interactive exhibits. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your plant questions.
For the youngsters, there will be a passport and scavenger hunt for engaging and interactive learning. The event is rain or shine. To learn more, visit http://www.agnropenhouse.umd.edu or call 301-596-9330.
St. Andrew's Parish on Route 97 in Glenwood invites the ladies for a fun night out shopping.
The event is Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Fifteen vendors will be on hand to offer unique wares from jewelry to personalized stationery, shabby chic pieces and upscale clothing. The parking is free, and refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Mary Ellen Willson at 240-372-8878. And men, you are welcome too.
On Sept. 21, River Hill High School played host to Hammond High School for football. The marching band also invited elementary and middle school band students to join them in the stands as part of Future Hawks Night.
The Dayton Oaks Elementary students, along with music students from Lime Kiln and Folly Quarter Middle School, had a blast. All thank Michael Blackman at River Hill High School for organizing this great event.