Pumpkin picking season is here which means it’s time to start mapping out which pumpkin patches you’re going to hit this year. And since most of our area’s U-pick spots also offer old-fashioned fun like petting zoos, hayrides and corn mazes, it’s a good idea to plan on making a day of it. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up our favorite pumpkin patches, all within an hour’s drive of the city, and dished on the farm extras.
photo: Jennifer Young
Fox Hollow Farm
This popular farm in Issaquah is known for its welcoming farm experience for kids at any age. During pumpkin season, Fox Hollow has a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins ready for picking as well as hayrides, farm animals, a hay-bale maze, corn bin, pony rides, train rides, trick-or-treating, ATV’s and huge inflatables. If your crew needs a pick-me-up, the farm sells pumpkin pie and hot apple cider as well as s’mores roasted around the campfire. New this year: Admission is a flat $50 fee per car (up to 6 people) and includes all activities except pony rides and pumpkins. U-pick pumpkins are $0.35 per pound. Also this year, everyone is invited to bring their pumpkin carving tools (or purchase them in the Country Store) and create a jack-o-lantern masterpiece. The farm has set up an entire tent for those families who wish to partake in this beloved Halloween tradition. Honorable mentions will be awarded Fall Festival tickets for the next year and the winner will take home $500.
Good to know: Fox Hollow is already taking Fall Festival reserved sessions. The morning session is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the afternoon session is open from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. By offering sessions, all guests are guaranteed a spot in the parking lot and the animals will not get over-stressed by huge crowds. Note: You will have the flexibility to come and go as you please during your three-hour session. We recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance.
photo: Fox Hollow Farm Facebook page
Dates: Daily, Sept. 24-Oct. 30, 2016
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (must choose a morning or afternoon session)
Cost: $50/car for up to 6 people. Pony rides and pumpkins require an additional fee.
Catch a ride on the steam train, check out the 4-H barnyard, explore the hay-maze and toddler play area and take a spin on the “Flying Pumpkins.” If that’s not enough excitement, go on a pony ride, catch a performance in the farm theatre, jump on the two blow-up bouncers, zip down the giant slide and of course, pick some pumpkins in the U-pick pumpkin fields. When you crew gets hungry, Remlinger Farms has a full menu complete with their own mini donuts (with real pumpkin flavoring), farm made pizza, Angus hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and brats as well as caramel apples and kettle corn. If you’re too tired to pick your own pumpkin after enjoying the farm activities, stop by the Farm Market and purchase a pre-picked one (they’re just $0.10 per pound with your paid park admission wristband). Psst.. don’t forget to pick up a couple of Remlinger Farms’ famous pies.
Good to know: The crops are weather dependent, so if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate or the fields are over picked, the farm will close them either temporarily or for the season. The pumpkin patch is open for guided and self-guided tours during the weekdays by reservation only.
photo: Kristina Moy
Dates: Weekends, Sept. 24–Oct. 30, 2016
Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (gates close one hour prior to finishing time). The park is open by reservation only during the week.
Cost: $18.75 (under 1 Free); free to enter U-pick pumpkin patch
Two Brothers Pumpkin Patch at Game Haven Greenery
This family owned pumpkin patch has been open for more than 25 years and includes cornstalks, a large variety of winter squash, seasonal vegetables and both U-pick and pre-picked pumpkins and gourds. While you’re there, be sure to pick up mini hay-bales, corn stalks and ornamental corn for your harvest decorations. And be sure to visit with the farm’s animals. The pumpkin patch opens on September 30, 2016 and can accommodate groups with a reservation.
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
7110 310th Ave. N.E.
Carnation, Wa 98014
Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 31, 2016
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Located in Carnation, Oxbow Farm offers U-pick organic pumpkins of all shapes and sizes along with fun activities for kids and adults. They have an awesome living playground with tunnels, domes, and a tee-pee covered in gourds, beans, hops and other greenery as well as a House of Hay, farm stand, hay rides, farm tours, climbing tractor and pumpkin sling shot. Their 1-acre educational Kids’ Farm is another popular spot for kids. The Kids’ Farm is separate from Oxbow’s production fields and the hub of all the farm’s educational programming. It’s open for free exploration all day; other activities use a magic bean currency where indicated. Magic beans are available for purchase in several places around the farm (1 bean = approximately $1). Oxbow also has several indoor and outdoor picnicking areas in and around the Kids’ Farm. Picnic tables are first come, first serve. Psst.. be sure to bring cash or cards for the food trucks that will be on site.
Good to Know: The U-pick pumpkin patch, farm stand and Kids’ Farm are open Thurs.–Sun.; full festival activities take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
photo: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center Facebook page
Dates: October 2-30, 2016
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Entry and Kids’ Farm free; activity costs vary.
South of Seattle
If you’re looking for a pumpkin farm with all the bells and whistles, Maris Farms is your one stop shop for harvest fun. In addition to a wide variety of pumpkins on more than 8 acres, the farm sells gourds, cornstalk bundles, hay bales and carving kits. Kids will especially love visiting with the farm animals, weaving through the 5+ acre cornfield maze and riding in a real life Monster Truck. Other activities include hayrides, zip lines, pig and duck races and a super-sized jump pillow, plus spider web climber, pony rides, a pedal cart track and The Haunted Woods (a nighttime corn maze). Note: The mechanical bull, real duck races, paintball safari ride, trout fishing, pig races, corn shooters, gemstone mining, pony rides and Monster Truck rides are only offered on weekends. Vendors will be on hand selling concessions. On the weekends, enjoy a large menu including hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey legs, funnel cakes, chili, kettle corn and more.
Good to know: If you’re only looking to pick pumpkins, Maris Farms offers a special $8 rate at the time of admission. Be sure to ask the tickets cashier and the fee will be credited towards the cost of your pumpkins if made within 30 minutes of entry. Pumpkins are priced per pound. Concessions, pony rides and Monster Truck vendors accept cash only; an ATM is located on site. Psst… receive 50% off your pumpkin purchase opening weekend (Oct. 1-2).
photo: Melissa Mae Rodd-Smith
Dates: Daily, October 1–31, 2016 (check the calendar for the daily schedule)
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (limited activities on weekdays)
Cost: $6-$17 for farm admission (2 & under Free); additional activities extra
Add up a fantastic corn maze, a ginormous pumpkin patch and tractor-pulled hayrides and the result is a super-fun day at Mosby Farm. The pumpkins at this simple, harvest-style patch range from small to large and consist of several varieties including carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins and winter squash. The farm also sells decorative gourds, ornamental corn and corn stalks.
Good to know: If you’re looking for the Mosby Farmstand at the main farm, it’s temporarily closed while the farm awaits the construction of its new store located next to the pumpkin patch. When open, the shop will sell plenty of goodies including locally grown fruits and veggies, gourmet food, cheese, bread, dairy and Northwest wines and brews. Also, unlike most farms, you can bring your favorite four-legged friend along. Just remember to keep Fido on his leash and out of the corn maze and bring along some plastic sacks for messes.
photo: Jennifer Young
Dates: Oct. 1-30, 2016
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–dusk. Hayrides on the weekends only (weather permitting).
Corn maze: $6-$9 (3 & under Free). Save $2 on corn maze admission here.
Thomasson Family Farm
This family farm is perfect for first time pumpkin pickers and the under 5 crew. In addition to a large selection of pumpkins (sold by the size chart), tykes will love the awesome corn maze and Jr. corn maze, bubble table, duck races, cattle roping, sandbox and slides. There’s also tractors and tires to climb on, tractor train rides pulled by Grandpa Tim’s John Deere, a corn box, hay maze, trike track, farm animals and hayrides around the farm. All of these activities will definitely work up an appetite, so be sure to stop by the Korral Kafe for lots of yummy snacks including kids hot dog meals, hot cider, a variety of homemade breads and pumpkin treats galore. Thinking this would be a great place for a birthday bash? You’re in luck! Thomasson Family Farm has a number of birthday party packages available.
Good to know: The Thomasson Family Farm is part of an actual operating dairy farm, so please keep that in mind and wear appropriate clothing and shoes. If the skies are unforgiving, you may encounter rough and weathered structures and terrain.
photo: Kristina Moy
Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $5-$20 (see website for pricing details). Adults free on weekdays.
Carpinito Brothers Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
With over 20 acres of pumpkins, you will have no problem finding the perfect jack-o-lantern at the Carpinito U-Pick pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins, the farm boasts two themed corn mazes with over three miles of paths and a Farm Fun Yard ($5/kid) with a children’s hay maze, farm animals, duck races, Pygmy goat walk and corn pen. Carpinito Brothers also offers tractor-pulled hayrides and a farm fresh produce stand with seasonal fruits and veggies. If you and your crew work up an appetite, indulge in delicious kettle corn, popped fresh on-site, premium sausages and refreshing lemonade from The Frankfurter as well as cool drinks, hot beverages and, of course, the ever-so-popular Carpinito Bros roasted sweet corn.
Good to know: The pumpkin patch and corn maze are at a different location than the main store in Kent. Large pumpkins are priced per pound; small pumpkins are priced individually. Sugar pumpkins are $2.50 each.
photo: Wendy Lind
Dates: Sept. 30–Oct. 31, 2016
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter the pumpkin patch; $5 for Farm Fun Yard (under 2 Free); $3 for single hayrides; $6-$9 for corn maze (4 & under Free)
This family operated farm has been a Southsound favorite for more than 21 years. The farm boasts an impressive pumpkin harvest with more than 49 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash and ornamental corn. During October, the farm’s Harvest Festival includes activities for kids of all ages. There’s a corn maze, pumpkin sling shots, pedal karts and pony rides, plus face painting, a kids barn and duck races. And don’t forget the farm animals, Jr. maze, concessions, candy store and fun fall decorations. Psst! This farm is photo worthy, so remember to bring along your camera.
photo: Rachael Brandon
Dates Oct. 1-31, 2016 (concessions, roasted corn, playtown, pedal karts, face painting and pony rides are weekend only activities)
Hours: Corn maze open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sling shot open Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkin patch open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter farm; activity costs vary
North of Seattle
Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
At this super popular farm, take a free hayride out to the 40-acre pumpkin patch where you will find over 60 varieties of pumpkins. From ginormous 200 pounders to mini pumpkins, you’re sure to find the perfect jack-o-lantern for every member of your family. And it’s not just about the pumpkins at Bob’s. Kids come back year after year for the trike track (kids ride John Deere tricycles), playground, cow train, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, kids’ corn maze, playground and apple cannon. There’s also an onsite photographer, hot food concession stand and face painting on the weekends. Psst… get in line for the homemade hot donuts when you arrive; they always sell out! And if that’s not enough… Bob’s also hosts birthday parties for kids 6 & under and they sell locally grown apples and gourmet cheeses at their Country Store. Phew… this farm has it all!
Good to know: This is a popular farm, so remember to pack your patience. If you want to avoid the crowds come earlier in the season. The first and second weekends are the least crowded.
photo: Kristina Moy
Dates: Sept. 24–Oct. 31, 2015
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (activities limited on the weekdays)
Cost: Pumpkin patch, hayrides and play area free; other activity costs vary. Combo wristbands available from $8-$18.
In addition to a 10-acre pumpkin patch and 10-acre corn maze, this farm features a weekend Family Pumpkin Park with a corn maze, hay rides, jumping pillow, barrel train, ball zone, corn crib and tire mountain. There’s also rubber duck races, an animal barn, face painting, a pumpkin cannon and craft booths. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Good to know: This fab farm provides red wagons for you to use in the fields or for picture-taking!
photo: Stocker Farms Facebook page
Stocker Farms Market
10622 Airport Way
Snohomish, Wa 98296
Dates: Oct 1–31, 2016
Hours: Country market with traditional pumpkin patch open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Family Pumpkin Park open weekends from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Select activities open Tues.-Fri. from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Cost: $8.95-$10.95 for family activities, corn maze & pumpkin patch entrance (2 & under Free); online discounts available.
With a 20-acre pumpkin patch (and more than 20 varieties of pumpkins), a 15-acre Alice-in-Pumpkin Land-themed corn maze, hayrides, storytelling, a pumpkin slinger, petting zoo and donut and espresso bar, this farm covers all the bases. Little ones will especially love the non-scary 3-D Pumpkin Barn Adventure and all the fun harvest decorations around the farm. New this year: The Kids Adventure Maze is a great option for little ones who are not quite ready for the 15-acre maze, but still want to enjoy “getting lost” at Craven Farm. Kids will wander through the Story Book Lane corn, viewing story boxes, until they come upon Adventure Alley where they can challenge each other on our obstacle course and finally make their way through the Maze answering farm-related questions to find the quickest way to the exit.
Good to know: During the weekends, your favorite Frozen princesses, Anna and Elsa, will be at Craven Farm singing your favorite songs, posing for individual photos and handing out special Frozen-themed gifts. Showtimes are at 11:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 12:50 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. Space is limited to 25 children per time session, so be sure to reserve your space now ($12/child; $5/adults) Note: Babes ages 1 & under and in an adult’s lap are free, but must have an infant ticket.
photo: Kenna Konoske
Dates: Sept. 24–Oct. 31, 2016
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-dusk (hay rides, pumpkin/apple slinger, night owl corn maze, face painting and Anna & Elsa meet and greet on weekends only)
Cost: Free to enter the farm; activity costs vary
Fairbank Animal & Pumpkin Farm
This weekend-only pumpkin patch has a side attraction: kids get to feed the ducks and chickens in the chicken run. Other activities include a tiny tot “Maize Maze,” hay tunnel, large vegetable garden and poultry hatching. The farm sells baby goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and calves in case you want to take any home with you! Just remember… this is a cash only farm!
Good to know: Upon entering the farm, each person will receive a cup of animal food to feed to the ducks and chickens in the chicken run. The farm has a non-spooky harvest time-theme, is full of baby animals and is low-key, making is a great place for tots or first-time pumpkin patch-goers.
photo: Katie Rust
15308 52nd Ave. W.
Edmonds, Wa 98026
Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Hours: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: $3/person (ages 10 mos. & up); pumpkins $1 and up; gourds $0.50 & up
The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish
At this awesome farm, find a 50-acre pumpkin patch and 12-acre corn maze (in the shape of Washington State) as well as a children’s play area with a corn box, 40-foot slide, rubber duck races, two jumping pillows, petting farm, gem mining, critter swings, cow train and 3-story hay barn. Looking for even more excitement? Catch the live duck races, try your hand at the nine-hole putting course, take a wagon ride, nosh on kettle corn and hot drinks and listen to Farmer Ben’s famous Four Little Pigs show. With all this excitement, a nap on the way home is almost guaranteed!
Good to know: This farm is great for little ones since it doesn’t have any scary Halloween decorations and instead has a fall harvest theme. The farm also sells gourds, corn stalks and hay bales for fall decorating as well as delicious sweet corn and Jonagold and Honeycrisp apples. Due to the large volume of field trips during the week, the play area, hay maze and petting farm are not available without a reservation Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Note: Pumpkins are priced by size; a basketball size jack-o-lantern is $5.
photo: Kalyn Gustafson
Dates: Sept. 25–Oct. 31, 2016
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: General admission and parking is free and includes wagon rides, pig show, duck race and petting farm; other activity costs vary from $5-$30.
Explore the twists and turns of the Farm Scene Investigation (FSI) corn maze, check out the farm animals, try your hand at the pumpkin cannon or head into the Kids Barn and slip down the tube slide. Little ones will especially love the spider web for lounging and crawling, the pony train and the Kids Korral with an outdoor play area with zip swing, hay mountain, farm house and mazes. Older kids will like the new farm additions: zombie paintball, a haunted swamp and a zombie farm. Oh, and don’t forget to pick some pumpkins!
photo: Kenna Konoske
630 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E.
Lake Stevens, Wa 98258
Dates Sept. 24–Oct. 31, 2016 (special activities only available on weekends)
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free; activity costs vary. Pumpkins start at $1.
This 5th generation family owned farm is located on 400 acres in the Snohomish Valley. What started out as a two-acre U-pick garden has now grown to over 40 acres of U-pick, including U-pick pumpkins, gourds, squash and corn. In addition to the U-pick fields, this family farm boats lots of free harvest fun during the weekends in October. Kids will love playing in pumpkin barn and play area with a hay climb, rope swings, roping area, trikes and toy tractors. And everyone will love taking a free wagon ride around the pumpkin patch, looking at the non-scary fall decorations, noshing on kettle corn and hot cider and visiting with the baby pigs.
Good to know: You won’t find a corn maze here, just good ol’ basic farm fun.
12711 Springhetti Rd.
Snohomish, Wa 98296
Dates: Pumpkin patch open daily, late Sept.-Oct. 2016; Farm activities every weekend in Oct.
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Did we miss your favorite pumpkin patch? Tell us where your family plans to pick pumpkins this year in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy