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Ready to make your annual farm pilgrimage for the kids to pick a pumpkin? These days, pumpkins are just the beginning. You can choose from a huge range of activities, from simple pumpkin patches to intricate corn mazes, pumpkin cannons, petting zoos and more. Here are some of our readers' favorite places for harvest fun in the South Sound and beyond.
Also see our greater Seattle-area pumpkin patch picks (including Snohomish County, the Eastside and South King County), and top places to go apple picking and sweet apple events for families during fall 2018.
Pierce County pumpkin farms
1. Double R Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Ton of pumpkins, pumpkin slingshots and hay rides.
Patch action: During October, this third-generation family farm features a five-acre corn maze and a large selection of pumpkins. Try your hand at one of three pumpkin slingshots, including one just for kids, and enjoy free tractor-pulled hay rides on the weekends and chickens and a turkey for kids to visit. Concessions are also available on weekends.
Dates and hours: Open daily, Oct. 4–31; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekends, 3–6 p.m. on weekdays. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 5820 44th St. E., Puyallup; 253-227-5385. Corn maze $5 per person, ages 3 and under free. Pumpkin slingshot $1 per shot. Pumpkins: 29 cents per pound.
2. Scholz Farm and Garden, Puyallup
Known for: No-fuss pumpkin patch and lovely, fresh produce.
Patch action: This fourth-generation family farm is famous for locally grown sweet corn and pumpkins. This farm no longers has its Pumpkin Palace or corn maze, but there is a pumpkin patch, a few animals and some farm equipment to inspect and impressive fall produce to fill your dinner plates.
Dates and hours: Farm store and pumpkin patch open daily through Oct. 31. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 14310 128th Street E., Puyallup; 253-848-7604. Pumpkins and produce for purchase.
3. Spooner Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Animals galore, fun for all ages.
Patch action: Family favorites at this fifth-generation family farm include Pumpkin Pete's Playtown, duck races, pony rides, pumpkin slingshots, a corn maze, face painting and a huge pumpkin patch. Note: Most activities are only open on weekends. No pets, please.
Date/Hours: Open daily through Oct. 31. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 9710 State Route 162, Puyallup; 253-840-2059. Admission free. Corn maze $7 per person on weekdays, $9 per adult (13 and up) and $7 per child on weekends, kids 2 and under are free. Pumpkins for purchase.
4. Picha Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Trivia corn maze, non-scary fun and live bluegrass music on select weekend dates.
Patch action: This family farm offers fun without the scary stuff. Enjoy the pumpkin patch, hayrides, pumpkin slinging (hit the target and win 15 pounds of free pumpkins!), and a 5-acre corn maze with trivia. If you can find the answers to the eight questions hidden throughout the maze, you'll win a prize. Leashed dogs allowed (but not in the maze or hayrides).
Dates and hours: Open daily through Oct. 31; weekends 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and weekdays 3–6 p.m. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 6502 52nd Street E., Puyallup; 253-841-4443. Admission is free. Corn maze $6 per person, ages 3 and under free. Hayride $3 per person, age 1 and under free. Slingshot $1 per shot. Train Rides (on weekends) and Kiddie Train $1 per person (weekends only through Oct. 11, daily thereafter). Group rates available for the corn maze and hayride.
5. Old McDebbie's Farm and Jim's U-Fish, Spanaway
Known for: Multiple activities — go fishing and pick a pumpkin on the same day!
Patch action: This farm-plus-fishing spot has lots to explore in the fall. Kids can play a not-so-scary Halloween I-spy game that will guide them to look for haunting decorations down a forest trail. Back at the farm, visit all the animals including piglets, sheep and wallabies. Bonus: Try your hand at fishing. $6 per fish caught (no catch and release), which includes cleaning. There is also a $2 pole rental fee (or bring your own fishing pole) and a $2 fee for bait.
Dates and hours: Open Friday–Sunday in October. Check Facebook page for more details.
Location, cost and details: 4924 268th Street, E., Spanaway; 253-875-0356. General admission $8 (access to the farm, Eye Spy Trail, play areas, exotic animals and barn); under age 2 free. Pony ride $5.
6. Maris Farms, Buckley
Known for: Having a huge number of attractions to entertain kids all day long
Patch action: Your crew will definitely find pumpkins here, and will want to take a crack at the 5-acre corn maze; there is also an array of what Maris Farms calls "agritainment." Activities include zip lines, a candy cannon, jumping pillow, mechanical bull rides, monster truck rides and tons more. Maris Farms has evening haunted attractions, too.
Dates and hours: Open daily through Oct. 31. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy., Buckley. General admission weekdays is $10–$11 and weekends $20–$21.75. More activities are available on weekends.
7. Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm, Olympia
Known for: Awesome cider, goat walk and tasty treats.
Patch action: While known (and named) for its apples and award-winning cider, Lattin's offers lots of fall farm fun, including wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, games, face painting, petting farm, pony rides, a Goat Walk and more. Snack on tasty apple treats from apple fritters to apple pie, apple cake, cider, cider doughnuts and more.
Dates and hours: Apple Festival starts the last weekend in September and continues every weekend in October, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 9402 Rich Road S.E., Olympia; 360-491-7328. Admission is free, parking $5. Prices vary for activities.
8. Rutledge Corn Maze, Tumwater
Known for: Zombie paintball and kid-friendly corn maze with games.
Patch action: Fun for all ages, this farm features a haunted maze and zombie paintball for ages 5 and up, and plenty of activities for little ones during the day. Activities include a corn train shuttle, cow train ride, eight-acre, kid-friendly mazes with two games you can choose from. Hear the story of "Spookley the Square Pumpkin."
Dates and hours: Open daily through Oct. 31. Check the website or Facebook page for more details.
Location, cost and detalis: 302 93rd Ave S.E., Tumwater; 360-357-3700. Daytime admission (10 a.m.–5:59 p.m.) is $8 per person, evening admission (6 p.m.–midnight) is $12 per person, ages 4 and under free. Pumpkins for purchase and prices vary for activities. Check website for combo pricing.
South King County
9. Carpinito Brothers, Kent
Known for: Roasted corn, kettle corn and a huge array of pumpkins.
Patch action: Carpinito Brothers offer U-pick pumpkins, two giant corn mazes and yummy harvest snacks like roasted corn on the cob. The farm's intricately designed maze features a new design every year. Visit the Farm Fun Yard across the street to visit the farm animals, take a tractor-drawn hayride, race rubber ducks, explore the hay maze, feed the goats on the goat walk and "swim" in the corn pen.
Dates and hours: Open daily through Oct. 31. Check Facebook for updates.
10. Thomasson Family Farm, Enumclaw
Known for: Huge corn maze, corn box for kids and tractor train rides.
Patch action: Another reader favorite in South King County, this working dairy farm runs a 216,000-square-foot corn maze during pumpkin season and old-fashioned farm attractions such as tractor train rides, hay barn, tricycle track, a corn box (filled with nine tons of corn) for the kids and more. Arrggh, Matey!! Can you guess the theme of the corn maze this year?
Dates and hours: Open daily through Oct. 31. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 38223 236th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw. Multiple packages ranging from $3–$10 on weekdays and $5–$20 on weekends depending on activities chosen. See the website for details. No pets allowed.
11. Briscot Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Kent
Known for: Being new on the pumpkin patch scene, plus horses!
Patch action: This family farm farm has horses and offers horse rides. We spotted an amazing-looking Clydesdale plus some cute goats and donkeys on the Facebook page. Get your pumpkin and meet all the farm critters. There is also a haunted house.
Dates and hours: Open Saturdays and Sundays in October. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 27329 78th Ave., Kent. 425-247-5064. Entry is $3 per person; ages 2 and under free. Horse rides $6, hayrides $3, haunted house $5. Concessions also for sale.
12. Mosby Farm, Auburn
Known for: Its no-fuss pumpkin patch and cool corn maze
Patch action: This farm encourages visitors to just grab a wagon and head out to the patch to search for the perfect pumpkin. There's also a corn maze commemorating the moon landing. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome in the patch, as long as you clean up after them (though they can't go in the corn maze.)
Dates and hours: Open daily through Oct. 30. Check the farm's Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 12754 S.E. Green Valley Rd., Auburn. 253-939-7666. Pumpkins for sale by the pound. Gourds and cornstalks also available. Corn maze $10 for adults and $7 for kids; ages 2 and younger free.
Bonus: Creek House Farm, Port Orchard
Known for: Personalized pumpkins. Mark your calendar for next year and order by Aug. 31 to have your name scratched into young pumpkins and then search for your special pumpkin in the patch when it comes time to harvest!
Patch action: Located in Port Orchard, Creek House raises organic, heirloom pumpkins and offers U-pick pumpkins, farm animals to visit, autumn crafts and opportunities for photos. The farm encourages visiting on a weekday evening in early October (see hours below) for a more relaxed, less-crowded atmosphere.
Dates and hours: Note new hours for the 2019 season: The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays in October, plus Friday, Oct. 4 and Monday–Friday, Oct. 7–11, 5–7 p.m. Check Facebook page for updates.
Location: 6060 E. Collins Rd., Port Orchard.
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Editor's note: This seasonal article is updated every year, most recently in 2019.