Pumpkins take center stage during harvest festivals this month.
It’s the howling of the wind or that of a friendly ghost that calls out to us that fall is arriving, whipping up crispy orange leaves and dropping the inevitable Seattle spiders into our paths. To combat the arrival of chills — both weather- and fright-induced — we celebrate the season. Here’s where to go to revel in the arrival of autumn, to eat all the apples, swig all the cider and create some creepy crafts.
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival: Take your pick of over 60 varieties of pumpkins spread throughout 40 acres of farmland, take a spin around the trike track, and monkey around the playground. Free admission to pumpkin patch, hayrides, trike track, and access to playground. For a small fee, kiddos can try their hand at the apple cannon or ride the cow train while other farm fun packages include access to mazes, big slides, sand pit, and more. Weekends starting Saturday, September 23rd through October 29th, 10 a.m.-6p.m. (open weekdays with limited activities and no food)
Craven Farm Fall Festival: There is so much to enjoy at this anticipated event like the Alice-in-Pumpkinland Corn Maze, Hayride through Minionville, farm animals, adventure maze, human foosball (yes, you read that correctly), corn maze, duck races, face painting, scarecrow making, apple slinging, pumpkin patch, and more. Daily starting September 23rd - October 31st (weekends with full activities), 9:30 a.m. until dusk.
Fall Festival Weekend at First Light Farm: Hop on “Little John”, the farm’s junior tractor, for a hayride, participate in farm games, and enjoy story in the hay “barn”. The farm stand and u-pick farm will be open with seasonal vegetables and flowers. For $25, the farm will provide you with a frame and hands-on instruction to build your own scarecrow (up to three per family). Simply take old clothes, an old pillow case, straw hat, and any other accessories like belts and scarves to make your one-of-a-kind creation. RSVP for the scarecrow activity by texting 206-719-8602. Weekends starting Saturday, September 23rd through October, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fall Festival at Remlinger’s Farm: This annual harvest festival features mini fair rides, hand-led pony rides, steam train rides, corn maze, petting farm, hay rides, yummy treats and fresh apple cider, plus acres of pumpkins. One entry price gets you full access for the day on all the rides, live entertainment, and attractions at this Carnation mainstay. Weekends starting September 23rd through October 29th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fall Festival at The Farm at Swan’s Trail: Fun is to be had at this annual event! Festival activities include a massive corn maze in shape of Washington State, pedal carts, jumping pillow, a trio of slides 50 feet high, wagon rides, live duck and pig races, three-story high barn maze with slide exit, corn box, large picnic pavilion, on-site café, and more. Starting Sunday, September 24th through Monday, October 30th, from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends. Opened Tuesday, October 31st from 12 pm.-4 p.m.
Fall Festival at Fox Hallow Farm: This farm has it all with a pumpkin patch, train, toddler ATVs, haunted forest, hay maze, the ultimate sensory bin filled with corn kernels, farm animals, giant inflatables (weather dependent), playhouses, and a cozy bonfire. Buying tickets online is strongly encouraged. Starts Friday, September 29th and continues through October 28th, including weekends and some weekdays. See calendar for more information.
Apple Festival at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm: Take a tractor-pulled wagon ride to this Olympia farm to its pumpkin patch, sway to bluegrass music while dining on seasonal treats, and visit farm animals. No admission charge but there is a $5 parking fee. Weekends starting September 30th through Sunday, October 29th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Carnation Farm Fall Festival: Celebrate fall’s arrival at this Snohomish Valley farm with a plethora of activities to partake in such as pumpkin patch, bucket train, zip lines, wagon rides, pumpkin cannons, Kids Korral & barn play areas, kiddie corn maze, seasonal bites, and if a frightening experience is what you’re into, Carleton’s Frights includes Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, Zombie Farm, and a no-scare flashlight maze. Weekends starting Saturday, September 3oth through October 29th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (open weekdays with limited activities; see calendar for details)
Schilter Family Farm: Daily outdoor activities consist of a five-acre corn maze, kiddie hay maze, hay jump and giant sand table in a barn, jumping pillow, farm animals with goat walk, and more. Weekend activities also include bites from Tasty Treats Barn, pony rides, pumpkin and corn cannons, and a cow train. A portion of the proceeds made from its fall festival will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, which is the theme of this year’s corn maze. Open Daily Saturday, September 30th through Monday, October 30th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Opened Tuesday, October 31st from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Spooner Farms Harvest Festival: Established since 1882 in the Puyallup Valley, these 6th generation farmers know how to celebrate autumn’s arrival with its massive pumpkin patch featuring 50 varieties of pumpkins, corn maze, farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, and more. During the weekends, they add concessions including roasted corn, Pumpkin Pete’s Playtown, pedal carts, face painting, and pony rides. Open Daily Saturday, September 30th through Monday, October 30th, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Stocker Farms Family Adventure Farm: From traditional fall festival activities like an animal barn, pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides to others like Human Hamster Wheels, sport ball arcade, and Farmer Foosball, there is something for everyone at this Snohomish farm. Nighttime attractions are also available; check website for details. Opening daily from Sunday, October 1st, through Tuesday, October 31st, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Mondays
Issaquah Salmon Days: A uniquely Northwest take on the harvest festival: one that celebrates the season of salmon spawning! The event kicks off with a parade, then continues with arts and crafts, bands, running events, and a carnival. It’s a huge event with tons of wonderful local food and plenty to keep the kids occupied during this popular event. Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th, 10 am-6 pm.
Jubilee Farm Fall Festival: Make your way to this lovely pumpkin patch packed with activities from cooking demonstrations, pumpkin launches, hand-crank cider press to hayrides and hay mazes. Sip on a cup of piping hot spiced apple cider on the barn porch and dine on food from local vendors. Free admission, parking, and hayrides. Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Multiple farms in the Skagit Valley area come together for a one-of-a-kind that provide visitors with a hands-on-experience on running a farm, growing crops, caring for animals and provide opportunities to talk with local farmers through farm tours and exhibits. Families will also enjoy corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patches, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, and kid-friendly activities. Look for the orange flags designating the participating farms. Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oxbow Farm’s “Oxtober” Pumpkin Festival: Pick organic pumpkins from the field, plus enjoy live music, hay rides, arts & crafts, scavenger hunt, kid farm tours, and more at this Carnation farm. October 7th-29th, Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Orting Pumpkin Fest Harvest Celebration: Eat, drink, and be entertained at this small town’s big event. Food and beverage booths complete with pumpkin-themed treats as well as the farmers market with seasonal produce will be present. Enjoy custom rod and cars, arts and crafts vendors, the Point Defiance Pirates, and the Cinderella pumpkin carriage. Don’t miss ACT 1 Theatre’s production of “Dancing Scarecrows” and the adorable Little Pumpkin Pals Parade, where children ages from 2 to 12 participate in the parade while wearing pumpkin theme costumes. Saturday, October 14th, 10 a.m.-5 pm.
Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: Watch the animals get in on the holiday with Halloween-themed enrichments and wander through the zoo for fall-themed events for the human creatures! Kids in costume get a $2 discount. Sunday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fauntleroy Fall Festival: Straw-bale portraits and salmon hats give a unique feel to this small but mighty neighborhood event. A cakewalk, bounce toys, performances, and even fire-truck tours are part of the annual event in the far reaches of West Seattle. Sunday, October 15th, 2-5 p.m.
Hoot ‘n’ Howl at Northwest Trek: Get your costume ready and warm up your howling lungs: Northwest Trek opens up in the evening for a special nighttime tram tour. Look for animals in the dark, play games, and eat treats. Also, the event promises to teach you how to survive a zombie apocalypse! Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Northwest Railway Museum Halloween Train: Watch an old-fashioned cider press in action, wander the rail museum’s exhibits and fall decorations, and sip warm apple cider — all bookended by a ride on a steam locomotive-pulled train. Trains leave from Snoqualmie and North Bend, but the events are at the Snoqualmie Depot. October 21st and 22nd and 28th and 29th, 11 am-4:25 pm (see website for exact departure locations and times).
Hilloween: Capitol Hill’s annual event returns with a circus-themed indoor carnival featuring live performances, fun games, and activities. The carnival concludes with a kids costume parade led by a marching band and trick or treating along Broadway. Saturday, October 28th, 12:00 p.m.-6 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash: What does a hippo do with a pumpkin? What about a lemur? Find out at the zoo’s fall event, where the animals get to crunch, smash, or stomp on pumpkins! There’s also a safe trick-or-treating space set up for children as well as storytelling and puppet shoes. Pre-purchasing tickets online recommended. Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
KidsQuest Spooktacular: Don your wildest, craziest or cutest costume for some haunting hands-on fun. Conduct science experiments, try the cake walk, create eerie art, explore dry ice bubbles and more. Pre-registration recommended. Monday, October 30th, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.