By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
What happens at Cox Farms when the last of the Fall Festival guests have left and the animals have “gone to bed?” On certain nights, the normally cheerful grounds at the farm become…. the Fields of Fear! Sure, the hugely popular Cox Farms Fall Festival is a daytime, not-at-all-scary, all-ages event, but the farm’s nighttime event is totally different and, for some, it can be totally terrifying! Fields of Fear is an evening-only portion that runs on select nights during the farm’s annual fall festival and is intended to be scary.
The event, Friday and Saturday nights September 23 through November 5, 2016 (with a bonus night of October 9), features more than a half mile of haunted “Cornightmare” trails, the Dark Side Hayride, The Forest: Back 40 (another haunted trail), and, for not-scary fun, the thrilling Firegrounds hangout with the giant 6-lane slide, bonfires, tasty food, and exciting Fear Games. Fields of Fear is a fun event geared to older children or teens (ages 12 and up) and adults. While Fields of Fear does not go for overt gore, it was “created for teens and adults wanting a good scare” with strong scenes of implied violence, stage “blood,” witches, ghouls, and skeletons; children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. See our detailed review from last year!
Event hours are 7:30-11 pm. Basic tickets ($15) include the Firegrounds and one Dark Side hayride (no Cornnightmare or Forest); “Fear Plus” tickets ($20) add one entry to the Cornightmare maze or The Forest: Back 40 attraction; “Fear Deluxe” ($25) includes all attractions. Other good things to note:
- This is not “the Cox Farms Fall Festival at night” — this is a completely separate event and most of what you see during the fall festival (such as kids’ play areas, most slides, farm animals) are closed during Fields of Fear
- While it’s geared for guests ages 12 and up, you know your family best: our son loves Halloween, doesn’t frighten easily, and has attended this event since he was much younger than 12 years old; on the other extreme, I have attended this with teens who had a really good scare and I know some adults who feel they can’t handle it
- You can find fun treats at night such as cotton candy from a keepsake multi-colored glowing stick
- The event is dependent on weather and may close on rainy night; follow Fields of Fear on Facebook for updates
- You can read the Fields of Fear rules before you go and see the security policies
What do you think? Can you handle Fields of Fear? If so, we have some free tickets for you! Cox Farms is sending TWO Fairfax Family Fun readers to Fields of Fear for free! One winner will receive a set of four “Fear Deluxe” tickets (total value per prize: $800) to use on select nights: Friday, Sept. 23; Saturday, Sept. 24, or Friday, Sept. 30. To enter, simply use any or all of the options below in the Rafflecopter app.
Enter by 11:59 pm on Monday, September 19, 2016. One winner will be randomly selected by a third-party app at midnight. The winner will be picked immediately after that and notified by email. The winner must reply by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to claim the prize; failure to do so risks forfeiture. The passes will be sent via regular U.S. mail to the winners. Contestants agree to abide by our giveaway terms and conditions. Giveaway open to entrants ages 18 and up.