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Movie Monday: Pumpkin Chucking in the Corn Maze at the Haunted Rippavilla Plantation

Saturday, I snookered my husband into jaunting down to the Rippavilla Plantation in Columbia, Tennessee. Earlier this year, I learned of Rippavilla’s Ghosts and Grits events. Then I saw a video about the plantation on Tennessee Crossroads. (Included below.) I believe Mike Sears with the Volunteer Paranormal Research Society had brought it to my attention (who is in the video and has investigated the plantation a few times). Ever since then I’ve been wanting to go down and check it out.

The other thing I wanted to do was a corn maze. I have been through mazes, but never a corn one during Fall. I figured that would make for a fun activity for my husband and I to do. (Him, not so much. He humored me and did it, though.)

In addition to the corn maze, we ended up being able to take a tour of the house, which I will write about separately. (It was such a beautiful house. It deserves a post dedicated just to it.) But we also got to do something I’ve heard becoming a growing trend among corn mazes and pumpkins patches the last few Falls: pumpkin chucking.

We used a giant sling to aim at targets in the field. We hit nothing, but learned a few things about pumpkin chucking.

  1. Little ones go further.
  2. Big ones don’t go as far and don’t have a good explosion factor.
  3. Rotten ones have the best explosion factor.
  4. Aiming is not as easy as it seems.
  5. Those slings are hard to pull back. It truly took the both of us to do it.

I of course had the video rolling for all of it. (And a very kind lady working the pumpkin chucking booth filmed us while we chucked our pumpkins.) What better way to make use of it than sharing it for Movie Monday?




Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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