The Best Halloween Maze Ever!

Photos: Heather Zachariah

Also read: 15+ Spooky Fun Halloween Treats!

How can we ever begin to thank the Stewart family for bringing the Halloween spirit to our village every October with their labor-intensive, completely boggling, creepy fun maze? Every year, I am truly a-mazed that they continue this tradition. It brings so much joy and excitement to every Ridgewood residents both big and small! This year, the maze opened on Monday, October 8 will stay open until Halloween Eve, October 31. And according to my kids, this year’s maze might be “the best ever!”

If you’re new to Ridgewood, soon enough you’ll start hearing the buzz about the maze. You’ll find it on Sheridan Street in the Stewart family’s backyard. For over 20 years, the family has toiled to create a Halloween maze out of 7-foot-tall stakes, twine, clear glass, one-way glass and a hay-covered floor. It’s no child’s play: last year, it took me and my friend almost 30 minutes to make our way out–and that was WITH help from the Stewarts. The maze attracts many people of all ages from all over and is free. Weekend evenings, there’s often a line so if you can make it on a weeknight, you’re better off.

The Stewarts take maze-planning seriously!

About the maze…
The design of the maze changes every year and is carefully planned out by the family. Each box of the maze is 27″ x 27″. When you enter through a door, there could be one right behind you that you could easily overlook…keeping you searching for the way out a little longer. If you really get desperate, one of the Stewarts is there to shout out clues like, “You tried that door twice already!” The maze is fun for little ones during the light hours. Or come in the evening for a spookier feel when occasionally a giant clown lurks around corners or real hands might grab you.

The whole town thanks you, Stewart family, for bringing so much joy and excitement to our kids year after year!

The maze is located at 124 Sheridan Terrace, Ridgewood and is open from 4pm to 9 p.m on weekdays, and 12:00 pm to 9 p.m on weekends however the hours vary based on the family’s schedule and rain. And yes, admission is free!

Watch this video to see how the Stewart family does it:

Here are a few picks from this year…


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Ridgewood’s Trunk or Treat

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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