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Fall Farm Fun: Pumpkin patches and corn mazes

It's about more than just pumpkins. Your guide to a fun day in farm country.

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a great family experience for fall.

You get to pick up nicer orange gourds than you’d find at the supermarket, but the main reason to go is to spend a fall day in a lovely corner of the countryside. The weather may be misty and damp or sunny and crisp, but the scenery will be gorgeous. And almost all pumpkin patches offer more than just pumpkins. Mud, for starters.

Some pumpkin patches are slow-paced, with plenty of time and space to gaze at the scenery. Others have fairground atmospheres complete with rides, raucous activities, and entry fees.

Some pumpkin patches, particularly the ones close to the city, sell out yearly, so don’t wait too long to get out there.

Pumpkin patches pointers:

  • Don’t bring pets.
  • Some places run out of pumpkins as Halloween gets closer, so call ahead.
  • Dress for mud.
  • Many farms have beautiful pumpkin displays that make perfect backdrops for portraits of your family or kids. Take your pictures BEFORE you go out in the field.

Pumpkin patches north of Seattle

Bailey Family Farm

Pumpkin picking September 23 – October 31

Check ahead to find out what’s ready for harvest at this farm, which offers a variety of U-pick vegetables and pumpkins. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

12711 Springhetti Rd, Snohomish

Bellewood Acres

Come celebrate apple harvest and family fun on the farm September through October. Enjoy the free apple bin train ride (runs daily till 4 pm!) through the orchard and to the UPICK apple’s as well as a FREE corn maze! Fresh cider donuts and kettle corn also available.

6140 State Route 539, Lynden
(360) 318-7720.

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm

Fall festival starts September 16

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm boasts a 10-acre corn maze, plus a kids’ corn maze. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Not just about corn mazes, Bob’s also offers: hayrides, trike track, slides and cow-train rides.

10917 Elliott Rd, Snohomish

Carleton Farm

Open September 30

This farm has two pumpkin cannons, which send pumpkins sailing over the fields with a wallop of air. Also at Carleton Farms: a five-acre corn maze, hay rides, kids’ play area, and paintball gallery.

630 Sunnyside Blvd SE, Lake Stevens

Craven Farm

Fall harvest starts Sept 16 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrating all things pumpkin, Craven will have many family-friendly games, treats, and a pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin. Sept. 16 through Oct. 29- various day. See website for more details. Things to look out for at the Farm: miniature golf, an apple slinger, and rubber duck races.

13817 Shorts School Road, Snohomish

The Harvest at Skagit Acres

10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday; September 22- October 22

Sunflower field, farm market, apple slingshot, kids zone and more. Plus sweet snacks, home-grown products and gifts

18923 Peter Johnson Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 (exit 221 from I-5)

Stocker Farms

Farm opens September 16-17, 23-24 and September 30-October 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Along with a Kraken-themed corn maze, you can enjoy duck races, a cow train, a sport ball arcade, corn box, and other sources of hilarity. A portion of the admission into the corn maze will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish

Swans Trail Farms

Opening September 25-October 31 for apple harvest and fall fun

This farm has a 12-acre corn maze inspired by the geography of Washington state, with corn-y renditions of 400 towns and landmarks, each labeled with educational facts. Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekends Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Purchase your tickets ahead of time. Also at Swans Trail Farms: petting farm, wagon rides, live duck and pig races, and a hay maze in the barn.

7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish

Thomas Family Farm

Fun park open weekends starting in September – October 29

Along with the 10-acre corn maze, there’s a paintball, apple cannons, and other activities. Fun park open in October starting at 10 a.m.. Look here to find which nights the farm is open.

9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish

Fairbank Animal Farm

Check website for updated information.
15308 52nd Ave W, Edmonds 425-743-3694 

Pumpkin patches east of Seattle

Fall City Farms

Open weekends, September 30-October 29

Scenery and farm animals are the main side benefits of picking up your pumpkins at this farm, less than ten minutes from Snoqualmie Falls. Open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

3636 Neal Rd, Fall City

Snoqualmie Valley Pumpkin Patch

Open weekends, Oct 1-31, for fall fun

During the season the farm offers fun fall activities, snacks and treats for visitors to enjoy. No admission fees and plenty of parking.

4025 Fall City Carnation Rd. SE, Fall City, 98024

Jubilee Farm

Call the farm for hours and days of operation.

If you want to get a chance to take a wheelbarrow and pick out pumpkins at this farm, be one of the first people to arrive and park in the lot.

229 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Carnation

Oxbow Farm

Open October 21 and 22, 28 and 29- see website for more info.

This organic farm and education center has a pumpkin slingshot available for use during its Oxtober Fall Festival. There will also be hayrides, self-guided tours, and access to a hiking trail.

10819 Carnation Duvall Rd NE, Carnation

Remlinger Farms

Fall festival starts October 1

The Family Fun Park has many rides, including a half-sided steam train, kid-sized roller coaster, Ferris wheel, miniature Model Ts, pedal cars and a carousel, a zip line and more. Check the website for hours. Interested in a pony ride? See the website for restrictions and a chance to reserve tickets.

6104, 32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation

Two Brothers Pumpkins at Game Haven Farm

Opening day is September 30, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The fall festival will be every day through October 31.
If you are looking for a pumpkin patch which is all about pumpkin cultivation, and not about the extras, this could be the place for you. Visit the two new jersey calves too! 
Call (425) 333-4313 for more details.
7110 310th Avenue NE, Carnation

Serres Farm

Check out the website for the most up-to-date information.
20306 NE 50th St, Redmond

Pumpkin patches south of Seattle

Briscot Farm

Saturdays and Sundays through October 29

A small family-owned farm and historic landmark in Kent. Farm and play yard open at this low-key, family-friendly farm.

27329 78th Avenue, Kent

Carpinito Brothers

Opening September 29

Along with a state-of-the-art corn maze, this pumpkin patch has a farm fun yard where kids can see animals and do activities.

27508 West Valley Highway N, Kent

Double R Farms

Open in October, please call 253-227-5385 for more details.

This farm has a five-acre corn maze, three pumpkin slingshots (one of which just for kids), farm animals, and, on weekends when the weather isn’t too terrible, tractor-pulled hayrides.

5820 44th St E, Puyallup

Picha Farms

Check website for more details on pumpkin patch opening
Picha Farms has a five-acre corn maze, a slingshot they claim is the best in the Puyallup valley, and hayrides.
6502 52nd St E, Puyallup

Spooner Farms

Open October 1-31

Spooner Farms has a five-acre corn maze.  Find out more details on their website about hours of operation.

9710 State Route 162 E, Puyallup

Thomasson Family Farm

Open weekends, September 30-October 31, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Halloween.

Thomasson Family Farm has a five-acre corn maze. There’s also a Kids Korral full of activities, including a hay maze.

38223 236th Ave SE, Enumclaw

Pumpkin patches further south

Maris Farms

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays- September 30-October 29. See website for times.

There’s a four-acre corn maze, other activities such as wagon rides and zip lines, and night-time attractions such as a flashlight maze and “Haunted Woods” (not recommended for kids under 11.)

25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley

Rutledge Family Farm

Open September 17-October 31Unfortunately, the famous Rutledge Corn Maze isn’t happening this fall due to very difficult drought conditions.  However, they do have a beautiful crop of pumpkins and a Haunted Maze with plenty of fun scares. There are also many other fun activities including spun chairs, wall ball, bubble barn, jump pad and much more! Check out their website hours and activities.
302 93rd Ave SE, Olympia

Schilter Family Farm

Opening September 30-October 30, closed on Tuesdays

Pumpkin patch, corn maze and over 20 family-friendly activities to enjoy.

141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE, Olympia

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