The arrival of the fall season not only brings the changing of the leaves on trees, but also the time honoured tradition of the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.
Both of these popular pastimes have a long history dating back as old as 4000 years. The minotaur (half man - half bull beast) and the maze story is from Classical Greek Mythology and is still read in classrooms today. Labyrinths and mazes were often carved into walls and floors in homes and public buildings during the Classical period of Ancient Greece and Rome. During the Renaissance Period in Europe, they became the rage with wealthy land owners and royalty.
The Pumpkin Patch is equated with the fall celebration of Halloween, or the Samhain Holiday from which it evolved from. The Jack o'Lantern candle was originally carved from a turnip, but evolved into a elaborately carved pumpkin with a candle placed inside. It was intended to ward off spirits and ghosts, but now the celebration is more about costumes and candy.