Haunted fields and farms: When older kids are too cool for hay loft slides and mini corn mazes and rubber duck races at pumpkin patches, what can you do next? (What can they do besides eat warm doughnuts, which they’ll surely never outgrow?)
Well, that’s when you try to scare the candy corn out of them, at one of the Seattle area’s local outdoor haunts. Here are a few that seem suitably scary, not too, too grown-up, and they’re mostly outdoors for maximal COVID safety. Remember to choose wisely. If you get scared, you may exit, but there are no refunds at haunted attractions.
8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish
At Stalker Farms, the creepy, foggy nighttime incarnation of Stocker Farms, you can choose between the Double Dare package ($21.95), the Double Dare VIP ($41.95) and a No Scare Night pass ($21.95), all available online.
The scary stuff is not recommended for age 12 and under. There’s a nighttime corn maze that’s not haunted, as well as a section that is.
Be forewarned. Here’s a note from the Stalker Farms website: “The haunted attractions are not recommended for 12 years old and under. If you want your baby and children to see gore, blood, mutations, mayhem, or hear screaming and eerie sounds, then we will not stop you.” No refunds.
The all-outdoor haunted attractions are Slasher Family Homestead and Pogo’s Funny Farm. Other activities include clown shot paintball, Farmer Foosball, a jumping pillow, midway games and food vendors.
Private fire pits available for rent.
25001 Sumner-Buckley Highway, Buckley
Hours: Friday and Saturday nights in October (plus a few Sundays: Oct. 10, 17 and 24.), opens at 8 p.m.
It’s a 35- to 40-minute walk starting at an abandoned barn, which is home to “a deranged circus of freaks and mutants.” Up next is a nightmare cornfield with many creatures lurking. General admission: $38. Fast pass admission: $50. Online purchase only.
Not recommended for children 10 and under or people with heart conditions. No refunds. No flashlights allowed. Masks required in the Haunted Woods. Other stuff: A flashlight maze, accessible with a Haunt and Play Pass for $15.
There’s a video of the Haunted Woods on the website, and it will probably give parents a fairly good idea of whether this will be too much for their teen (or for them). (Full disclosure: The video kind of freaked me out.)
36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way,
October hours: Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(Park changes into Fright by Night between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Visit the Chamber of Souls, a haunted maze with blood and gore. It’s rated PG-13 by the park and it’s scary. (Zombie apocalypse? Creepy clowns? Make sure your kid can handle it.) At Camp Whispering Pines, the campers and counselors reportedly check in, but never check out. Also PG-13. And, of course, you can ride the rides at night!
The Extreme Screams at the two haunted mazes not recommended for children under 13. Masks required for park entry. Chaperones required for minors. See website for details. Reservations required.
Fright Fest admission ticket: $42.99.
Thomas Family Farm
9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. until last timed ticket
Sunday: 7 p.m. until last timed ticket
The Haunted Hayride is $26 per person and suggested for age 12 and up. (Expect clowns, zombies and torture scenes.) It’s a covered hayride so you likely won’t get wet if it’s raining. From 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., you can also shoot zombies with paintballs on the Zombie Paintball Ride. $26, except on Sundays. New this year: a lighted nighttime pumpkin patch, for all those last-minute pumpkin shoppers. There’s also a night corn maze for $15. Private fire pits available for rent.
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