Ready to make your annual farm pilgrimage for the kids to pick a pumpkin? These days, it's going to look a little different. But with a few adjustments, families will still be able to partake in this fall rite of passage. Book your tix ahead, prepare your crew for new rules and procedures, mask up and have fun!
Here we've gathered up 11 great pumpkin patches around Pierce County, Thurston County and South King County. Note that some patches are still finalizing the activities they'll be able to offer. Please double-check on a farm's Facebook page or call ahead to confirm if you have your heart set on a particular activity — better than being disappointed.
(Also check out our guide to Seattle, Eastside and Snohomish County pumpkin patches, plus top places to go apple picking and sweet apple events for families during fall 2020.)
Pierce County pumpkin farms
1. Double R Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Ton of pumpkins, pumpkin slingshots and hayrides.
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 hayrides on the weekends and chickens and a turkey for kids to visit. Concessions are also available on weekends.
Dates and hours: We are working on confirming details for this year's festival. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 5820 44th St. E., Puyallup; 253-227-5385.
2. Scholz Farm and Garden, Puyallup
Known for: No-fuss pumpkin patch and beautiful fresh produce.
Patch action: This fourth-generation family farm is famous for locally grown sweet corn and pumpkins. It will just be the u-pick pumpkin patch this year and impressive fall produce in their market to fill your dinner plates.
Dates and hours: Farm store and pumpkin patch open daily in October. Check the 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 and a huge pumpkin patch. Note: Most activities are only open on weekends. No pets, please.
Date/Hours: Open daily Oct. 1–31, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 9710 State Route 162, Puyallup; 253-840-2059. Free admission to the pumpkin patch, 2020 activity pricing to be announced.
4. Picha Farms, Puyallup
Known for: Kraken trivia corn maze!
Patch action: This family farm offers fun without the scary stuff. Enjoy the pumpkin patch, hayrides, pumpkin slinging (hit the target and win $5 off your pumpkin purchase!), 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 Sept. 26–Oct. 31; weekends 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and weekdays 3–6 p.m. Check the 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 2 and under free. Slingshot $1 per shot. Train Rides (on weekends) and Kiddie Train $1 per person.
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 an I-spy game that will guide them to look for things 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), $2 cleaning. There is also a $3 pole rental fee that includes bait (or bring your own fishing pole).
Dates and hours: Open now, Friday–Sunday, through Oct. 31. Check the Facebook page for more details.
Location, cost and details: 4924 268th Street, E., Spanaway; 253-875-0356. General admission $10 (access to the farm, I-Spy Trail, play areas, exotic animals and barn); under age 2 free.
6. Maris Farms, Buckley
Known for: Having a huge number of attractions to entertain kids all day long.
Patch action: Your crew will 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, wagon rides, tube slides, animal barn, trike racing and tons more. Maris Farms has evening haunted attractions, too: a not-haunted flashlight maze and a very haunted, haunted forest.
Dates and hours: Open now, select dates through Oct. 31. Night activities open Sept. 19. Pumpkins are available starting Sept. 26. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy., Buckley. General admission starts at $14. More activities are available on weekends. Haunted woods and flashlight maze start at $16 per person. Tickets only available online.
7. Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm, Olympia
Known for: Awesome cider, goat walk and tasty treats.
Patch action: Lattin's can't hold its annual Apple Festival this fall, with all the fun stuff that goes with it, but you can still visit the cute farm store to buy apples, their delicious cider, some pumpkins and other amazing produce. Plus, you might just spot a farm animal or two!
Dates and hours: Open daily 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. through October. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Location, cost and details: 9402 Rich Road S.E., Olympia; 360-491-7328. Admission is free; items for purchase.
8. Rutledge Corn Maze, Tumwater
Known for: Kid-friendly corn maze with games in addition to a full-sized corn maze.
Patch action: Fun for all ages, this farm features a haunted maze plus 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.
Dates and hours: Open daily Sept. 26–Oct. 31. The corn maze opens Oct. 2. Check the website or Facebook page for more details.
Location, cost and details: 302 93rd Ave S.E., Tumwater; 360-357-3700. Daytime admission (10 a.m.–5:59 p.m.) is $9 per person; evening admission (6 p.m.–midnight) is $12 per person. Pumpkins for purchase and prices vary for activities. Haunted Maze is $21 per person. Check the website for combo pricing. Purchasing tickets online is encouraged, sellouts are likely!
South King County
9. Carpinito Brothers, Kent
Known for: Roasted corn, kettle corn and a huge array of pumpkins. This year, they show support for the new Seattle NHL team with the Kraken-themed corn maze!
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.
Dates and hours: Open daily Sept. 25–Oct. 31. Check Facebook for updates.
10. Thomasson Family Farm, Enumclaw
Known for: Huge corn maze 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, Kids Koral play area, animal viewing, fairy tale trail and more.
Dates and hours: Open daily Oct. 1–31 (early closure on Oct. 31). Check the Facebook page for updates.
11. 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. 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 Oct. 1–31, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 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 are also available.
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Editor's note: This seasonal article is updated every year, most recently for 2020.