I was reflecting on this past season. I live in a college town, and my staff and I talked to a lot of college students during October. We were surprised by how many guys we talked to that had never been to a haunted anything (house or trail) and seemed very tentative (scared?) about going. However many of these guys were taking their girlfriends to a corn maze for a date night. I ran just a haunted trail on a farm and wasn't able to get a corn maze up this year. It definately got me thinking that I might can lure more sheltered types in by offering a relatively safe corn maze but then try and get them to try the haunted stuff out too while they are already there.
So I ran a google trends search on "corn maze" to see what kind of pattern of searches it was getting over the past few years:
So this year was significantly down from the past two. I have no idea if it's related but the low years seem to be around presidental election years. However the term "fall festival" was steadily increasing each year:
Anyone interested in discussing this? I guess I'm wondering if the peaks and valleys of "corn maze" traffic relate to anyone's traffic patterns over the past few years. I'm a nerd for graphs so maybe it's just a pointless line of thinking.