Let’s put an end to hunger!


  • 2002 - First year that we set something up on our property. We were living in a townhouse in Woodbridge, VA and we basically used tarps and poles to set up a structure for trick or treaters to walk through...this is where it all began. 
  • 2003 - The maze was born! We moved into a single family home in 2003 and used 53' trailers from work to set up a maze. The work was performed afterhours at work and then the trailer was pulled home for Halloween.  
  • 2005 - Concerned over liability, the company I was working for wouldn't allow the use of there trailers anymore. In 2005, we hung blankets ceilings and on the walls to spooked out our garage. 
  • 2006 - Evergreen Circle, Brooklyn Park, MN. First year of the enclosed maze built in the driveway. The would was mismatched and whatever I could get my hands on. All of our neighbors thought that I was building a fish house (this is Minnesota after all). The original size was 12' x 12'. 
  • 2007 - First year in Wentzville, MO. The maze was named Tanner Drive Haunted Maze and was built in our driveway from 2007 to 2010. The maze walls made in Minnesota were destroyed by one of my warehouseman, what didn't end up in the trash compactor was used on wooden liftvans shipped overseas. We ended up with a larger maze all made from similar materials.  
  • 2008 - New additions to the maze were 2 real coffins. They were found in the dumpster of Batesville Casket Company in Earth City, MO on two separate occasions. The coffins were in bad shape and broken in places. It took 32 hours to fix the coffins and they have been a welcomed addition to the maze ever since. Our HOA initially tried to shut the maze down. We ended up handing out candy with "Save the Maze" stickers which included the email addresses of the board members. As their email accounts filled, they later approved the maze as an HOA approved community event. 
  • 2009 - New addition to the maze was a ramp with a see through top. It was initially designed to have someone underneath it. We've found that it's a better scare to place a dummy under there with a flashing light to draw their attention and scare them from a nearby location. We change it up, so you'll have to see. 
  • 2010 - Our biggest year ever. Our neighbor BA coordinated and painted all of the exterior panels. Her artwork added to our maze by providing a missing element. We partnered with Operation Food Search and collected 5 bins of canned food items for Operation Backpack. We had over 1000 people attend the event. This was unfortunately our last year in Wentzville, MO as we relocated back to Northern Virginia. The Tanner Drive Haunted Maze site on facebook remains open with pictures and posts. 
  • 2011 - New location, no HOA, and not enough foot traffic. In 2011, we brought home a coffin and set it up on the front steps, but were disappointed with less than 30 kids coming down our street. 
  • 2012 - No maze this year thanks to Hurricane Sandy. It was the first time that I had the opportunity to take my kids trick or treating. 
  • 2013 - Interstate Group Holdings in Springfield, VA became a sponsor of the event by allowing us to set up the maze in their warehouse at 8601 Morrissette Drive. Less than a week before our opening, we received a call from the Fairfax County Fire Marshals office and found out that Fairfax County had a permit process for Haunted Houses and we weren't approved to open. We ended up jumping through some large hoops and were able to open up for 2 nights bringing in nearly 700 people. We opened a Facebook page Morrissette Drive Haunted Maze but some of our marketing material referred to the maze as the Interstate Haunted Maze. In addition to the original structure, we also used wooden shipping containers to make the maze larger. We partnered with ECHO located in Springfield, VA and collected 1000 lbs of canned food items. ECHO staff were on site to collect cash donations and explain how ECHO benefited the community. 
  • 2014 - Our Facebook page changed its name to Interstate Haunted Maze. We opened for 4 nights and had over 1000 attendees and collected nearly 2000 lbs of food and $255.50 in cash donations. New this year was custom murals (see home page) provided by muralizm.com
  • 2015 - 2016 - We've relocated to the Tidewater / Hampton Roads area (Chesapeake, VA) and are working on setting this back up. The Facebook page is now Haunted Maze "Scare Away Hunger". Please stay tuned for updates.
  • The story continues...


The Story of Us - Timeline

Our Haunted Maze on YouTube

volunteering

We can't do it without your help. Each Halloween season volunteers help with the set construction, decorating, event nights, and eventually tear down. Without you, we don't exist.

mission & vision

To provide an affordable and family friendly event during the Halloween season that raises awareness for and benefits those in need.