A herd of out-of-control cows wrecked havoc on Studholme’s horror maze on Thursday night; the day before it opened.
The Maize Maze, a horror-themed maze to raise funds for the South Canterbury Cancer Society, was destroyed by grazing cows that were being relocated to an adjacent paddock.
Maze organiser Rory Foley said at least 20 cows escaped and ran into the maze, causing a large amount of damage to one section.
“I thought it was a bit funny,” he said.
Mr Foley and his group of 25 actors had to do some quick thinking on Friday before opening night and changed the damaged part of the maze into a giant clown room.
The cows are still located next to the maze but have since calmed down, he said.
However, the sold-out opening weekend was not calm for the many people who were scared out of their wits during their trek through the “Alice in Wonderland” horror-themed maze.
There were at least 12 people who used the safe word “purple” in order to get extracted from their nightmare and two people wet themselves, the organiser said.
“The first weekend was absolutely awesome,” Mr Foley said.
“I get quite happy when there are ‘purples’.”
The maze, which is in its third year, will be open every Friday and Saturday night for about six weeks.
On Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, it becomes a family-friendly maze.
By Ruby Harfield