Last weekend for maze, donuts and terror

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Nikki Hughes and Alex Hughes with their children Ava, Xander and Dash after completing the maze.

By Christine Toth
The Williamston Post

If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to Bestmaze this year, Halloween weekend is your last chance. Not only is it the last weekend the corn maze and Trail of Terror will be open, but there will also be multiple firework shows Friday and Saturday nights.

When owner Mark Benjamin heard that people across the country were going to corn mazes for fun, he knew he had found his niche. He had been making mazes since he was a child, plus he had a great location, “halfway between MSU and University of Michigan. So 16 years ago we made one. We’ve expanded the parking lot three times since.” After the first year, Benjamin decided to expand to add the Trail of Terror.

Benjamin works year round to keep the caliber of the Trail of Terror high, “you hear haunt and farm and you think lame. We have stuff here that are some of the best props in the nation.” During the off season, along with running the farm, Benjamin travels across the country trading props and going to haunters’ conventions.

At a convention in St. Louis, Missouri, he happened to be in the right place at the right time, “they were having a church service at a haunted house place and my wife and I went,” said Benjamin, “It was a small group, only 15-20 people. I look over and realize I’m sitting next to Ed from Making Monsters. We struck up a conversation and built a friendship. Now they call me and give me dibs and I give them ideas for props. One of my props is actually on the drawing board for next season.”

Benjamin couldn’t divulge much on the prop other than to say it is going to involve skeletons.

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One of the props in the Trail of Terror

If you’re looking for a challenge without the scare, stick to the maze. At Bestmaze, paths within the maze have been smoothed out to make it accessible for everyone. Benjamin said that the paths are so smooth they have even had people who are blind walk through. “Most people are in the maze for an hour to an hour and a half. What we have that is unique are towers. They give people the option to get some help if they want it and they keep an eye on everyone.”

For Nikki Hughes and her young family the corn maze is right up their alley. “This is the second year we’ve come but the first time we’ve actually made it through,” said Nikki. The reasons her three kids like it vary. For Ava it’s the challenge, Xander was undecided and for Dash, who did not make it though last year, it’s the end.

Along with concessions that Bestmaze offers, most weekends feature The Michigan Donut Company’s mini donuts. “It takes about 40 seconds to make a couple dozen mini donuts.Then we put whatever toppings you want on them. We have chocolate glaze, vanilla glaze, cinnamon powder sugar and powdered sugar,” said owner Blair Renfro. The Michigan Donut Company materialized in April of 2015.

A combined ticket to the maze and Trail or Terror is $20. They are at 3803 Noble Road.

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Owner Blair Renfro making mini donuts.

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