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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.
Double R Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Ton o' pumpkins, pumpkin slingshots.
Patch action: During October, this third-generation family farm features a 5-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/hours: Open as of Saturday, Sept. 29; hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekends, 3–6 p.m. on weekdays through October 31st. Check Facebook page for updates.
Cost/location: Corn maze $5/person, ages 3 and under free. Pumpkin slingshot $1 per shot. Pumpkins: 29 cents per pound. 5820 44th St. E., Puyallup. 253-227-5385.
Scholz Farm and Garden, Puyallup
Known for: Free small corn maze and animals.
Patch action: This fourth-generation family farm is famous for locally grown sweet corn and the Pumpkin Palace in October. Perfect for the younger crowd: visit acres of U-pick pumpkins, free small corn maze, farm animals (including pigs, turkeys, lambs, goats and donkeys), cute displays, painted pumpkins, gourds, squash and other fall crops. Leashed, friendly dogs allowed.
Dates/hours: U-pick open as of Sunday, Oct. 1; Check Facebook page for updates. Educational tours by appointment in October only. A small retail store is open daily from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., April through October.
Cost/location: Admission and corn maze free; pumpkins for purchase. 14310 128th Street E., Puyallup. 253-848-7604
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, Sept. 29–Oct. 31, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Corn maze open 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekends. Slingshot open 3 p.m.–6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. weekends. Check Facebook page for updates.
Cost/location: Admission free. Corn maze $7/person on weekdays, $9/adult (13 and up) and $7/child on weekends, kids 2 and under are free. 710 State Route 162 E., Puyallup. 253-840-2059
Picha Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Trivia corn maze, non-scary fun.
Patch action: This family farm offers fun without the scary stuff. Enjoy the pumpkin patch, hayrides, pumpkin slinging (hit the target and win 15 lbs of free pumpkin!), and a seven-acre corn maze with trivia. If you can find the answers to the 8 questions hidden throughout the maze - you'll win a prize. Leashed dogs allowed (but not in the maze or hayrides).
Dates/hours: Open Sept. 30–Oct. 31, weekends 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and weekdays 3–6 p.m. Hayrides offered daily beginning Oct. 13. Check Facebook page for updates.
Cost/location: Admission free. Corn maze $6/person, ages 3 and under free. Hayride $3/person, age 1 and under free. Slingshot $1 per shot. Train Rides (on weekends) and Kiddie Train $1/person. Group rates available for the corn maze and hayride. 6502 52nd Street E., Puyallup. 253-841-4443
Old McDebbie's Farm / Jim's U-Fish, Spanaway
Known for: Multiple activities — go fishing and pick a pumpkin on the same day!
Patch action: This farm/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, choose a pre-picked pumpkin, ride the ponies or the train (dry weather only), and bang around in the musical forest. 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 and a $2 fee for bait.
Dates/hours: Pumpkin patch opens October 5th. Open Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Check Facebook page for more details.
Cost/location: General admission $8 (access to the farm, Eye Spy Trail, Musical Forest, gravel pit, play areas, exotic animals and barn); under 2 free. Pony ride $5. Train ride $6. 4924 268th Street, E., Spanaway. 253-875-0356
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/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.
Cost/location: Admission is free, parking $5. Prices vary for activities. 9402 Rich Road S.E., Olympia. 360-491-7328
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 a "Zombie Paintball Apocalypse" for older kids (or adults) after 8 p.m. and plenty of activities for little ones during the day. Activities include a corn train shuttle, cow train ride, 8-acre, kid-friendly mazes with two games you can choose from. Hear the story of "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" and engage in a pumpkin hat craft project Saturdays and Sundays on the hour starting at noon with last reading at 4 p.m. New this year is an industrial swing set and horseshoes for fun for all ages!
Dates/hours: Maze open Sept. 22–Oct. 31, Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–midnight (last ticket sold at 10 p.m.) and Sunday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.). Pumpkin patch open daily Sept. 29–Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Check website or Facebook page for more details.
Cost/location: 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 $0.40–$0.50/pound. Prices vary for activities. Check website for combo pricing. 302 93rd Ave S.E., Tumwater. 360-357-3700
Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2013 and updated for 2018.