GRIP Boys Home in Verona is bringing the “MAiZE craze” back to Missouri for its 19th season. Missouri’s original MAiZE opens to the public on September 23 at 3 p.m. The theme of this year's maze honors "those who influence our kids and help them see their potential," according to organizers. Teachers, mentors and coaches with an official ID will receive free admission to the maze.

Online ticketing will be available this year to help visitors save money by purchasing tickets before the maze opens. All-inclusive tickets will get visitors through the maze and unlimited use of the courtyard attractions. Courtyard game tickets are no longer necessary. Visitors can save $3 per ticket if purchased before opening day by using the discount code MZ2017.

Regular pricing is as follows:

$10 for the maze and unlimited courtyard attractions $10 for the Zombie Harvest (includes first 100 paintballs) $18 for combination maze/Zombie Harvest/courtyard $5 for 50 additional paintballs $8 for unlimited courtyard activities only-no maze admission $10 per hour to have a campfire reserved for your family or group

As always since the maze opened 19 years ago, veterans/military with ID will be admitted to the maze for free. Children ages three and under also receive free admission.

In addition to the corn maze, one of the most popular attractions at The MAiZE is the Zombie Harvest, the interactive paintball shoot for all ages. Participants can climb onto the army truck and use the mounted "zombie slaying guns" to take down the targets. Ticket includes 100 glow in the dark paintballs, but additional paintballs are available for purchase. Children aged six to nine require an adult to ride along.

The courtyard is also full of family fun including, Little Kernal’s Corner, with bouncer, cornbox, and other attractions and games like:

jumbo jumper twin spin boxer jocks gold rush pumpkin chuckin’ corn cannon hayride Country Store cow train mechanical corn cob bull farm animals

Visitors can also check out the new Uncle Gus’s Grill for some of their famous chili, a Frito pie, BBQ sandwich, Dorito Nachos or the other usual fall fare.

The MAiZE will give visitors the chance to "get lost" starting September 23 through October 28 on Wednesdays from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday 5-10 p.m. and Saturday 3-10 p.m. The Field of Screams haunted maze will begin on Friday, September 29 at dark and will run every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings until Saturday, October 28. The maze is located off of Highway 60 at 23298 Lawrence 1150.

Field trip hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by reservation only. Discounts are offered for groups and field trips. For more information, or to make field trip reservations, call 498-6191 or 498-6071, email themaze.verona@gmail.com or visit www.gripboyshome.com.

Verona Corn Maze and The Zombie Harvest are operated by GRIP Boys Home in Verona. GRIP Boys Home provides a warm, positive home-like environment for young men who need a safe, therapeutic, structured placement where they can learn skills that will last a lifetime. Treatment is trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and reality therapy. GRIP is a smaller program, which allows boys the individual attention they need. GRIP provides residential therapeutic services for boys ages 12 to 18. For more information about the program, contact David Doner, program director at 498-6852.