Family Calls 911 After Getting Stuck in Corn Maze

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They’re supposed to give you a bit of a fright, but a Halloween-themed corn maze near Salem got one family so spooked that they ended up calling the cops.

Danvers, Mass. police say they received a call from a distressed mother of two at 6:32 p.m. on Monday. She told the operator of their precarious predicament in the maze at Connors Farm and pleaded for urgent assistance.

The navigationally challenged family became increasingly panicked as the darkness drew in and the parents’ primary concern was getting their three-week-old baby to safety.

As officers were dispatched to Connors Farm, the frantic mother told a Danvers police operator, “We thought this would be fun. Instead it’s a nightmare. I don’t know what made us do this. It was daytime when we came in. And I never take my daughter out. This is the first time. Never again.”

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According to the the Danvers Herald, when police arrived on the scene, an officer and a tracker dog were able to find the family in minutes.

Farm owner Bob Connors said the family didn’t realize they had almost made their way out and were just 25 feet from the street when found. “Usually we see smiles coming out of the maze,” he added. “I could understand the family’s concern, because they had a little one with them. And I’m sure they won’t be the last family who gets lost in there.”

Connors created the seven-acre maze, in the shape of a headless horseman with the words “Salem Village” and “Danvers, Ma.” carved out, so that people would get lost in its towering stalks.

And despite this minor hiccup, the farmer remains optimistic that his attraction will be a hit. “I have a funny feeling it’s going to be a real busy season,” Connors says.

Jak Phillips is a contributor at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @JakPhillips. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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