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. So read on and plan to spend a fall day on the farm.
photo: Lindsay Engler
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. Again this year: Admission is a flat $50 fee per car (up to 7 people) on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and includes all activities. On Wednesdays and Fridays, admission is $10 per person for anyone over the age of 12 months and all activities are included.
photo: Fox Hollow Farm
Good to know: Fox Hollow is already taking Fall Festival reserved sessions. The morning weekend sessions are open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the afternoon sessions are open from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. On Wednesdays, the farm is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 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. The farm does not offer refunds for bad weather or other reasons, so choose your day carefully. If you need to cancel, you may use your tickets for a future event as long as there is room.
Dates: Wed. & Fri.-Sun., Sep. 23-Oct. 28, 2017
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (must choose a session time)
Cost: $50/car for up to 7 people on the weekends. $10/person on Wednesdays & Fridays.
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 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.
photo: Kristina Moy
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 U-pick pumpkin patch is open for guided and self-guided tours during the weekdays by reservation only.
Dates: Weekends, Sep. 23-24 & 30, Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2017
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: $19.75/Kids & Adults; $17.75/Seniors; 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 Sep. 30 and can accommodate groups with a reservation. The farm is cash or check only.
photo: Allison Sutcliffe
7110 310th Ave. N.E.
Carnation, Wa 98014
Dates: Daily, Sep. 30-Oct. 31, 2017
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.–dusk
Located in Carnation, Oxbow Farm offers U-pick organic pumpkins of all shapes and sizes along with fun Oxtober festival activities for kids and adults and plenty of wheelbarrows and carts to haul your jack-o-lanterns to your car. 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.
photo: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center Facebook page
Good to Know: The U-pick pumpkin patch and farm stand are open Thurs.–Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. starting on Oct. 5; full Oxtober festival activities take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 7-29, 2017. The farm is open rain or shine, but will post updates on its website and Facebook page if high winds, lightening or other dangerous weather conditions impact their hours. This is a working organic farm and dogs are not permitted on Oxbow’s grounds, so leave Fido at home.
Dates: Weekends, Oct. 7-29, 2017 (farm stand and pumpkin patch open Thurs.-Sun starting Oct. 5)
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter the farm and festival; activity costs vary.
On Saturdays and Sundays in October, Jubilee Farm in Carnation hosts their annual Harvest Festival. Take a free hayride out to the U-Pick fields for pumpkins and gourds, launch pumpkins from the farm’s trebuchet, enjoy rotating musicians and artisans, shop at the farm market, get lost in the kids’ hay maze, visit with the farm animals, watch cooking demonstrations and try your hand at the hand-crank cider press. Plus, enjoy hot apple cider on the barn porch and delish food from local vendors.
photo: Marcy Grantor
Good to Know: The Farm has a no pet policy, so please leave Fido at home.
229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. N.E.
Carnation, Wa 98014
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28 & 29, 2017
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free (concessions extra)
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 eight acres, the farm sells gourds, cornstalk bundles, hay bales and carving kits. Kids will especially love visiting with the farm animals (the goats are a must!), weaving through the five plus acre cornfield maze and riding in a real life Monster Truck. The Kids Courtyard, designed for ages 2-11, is where you will find a bounce house, cow train, tire mountain, spider web climber, corn room, rubber duck races, “cow” roping, tube slide, roller slide, black mamba, little tykes barnyard ball zone and more! 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: Some activities are only offered on weekends and 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.
photo: Jenn Dery
Good to know: If you’re only looking to pick pumpkins at Maris Farms, you can apply your daytime admission toward your pumpkin purchase if departing within 30 minutes of admission with a pumpkin. Pumpkins are priced per pound. Concessions, pony rides and Monster Truck vendors accept cash only; an ATM is located on site. Avoid the lines by purchasing your tickets online. The mechanical bull, catch-n-release trout fishing, face painting, destruction zone (pumpkin & corn shooters), and live pig & duck races take place on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Dates: Daily, Sep. 30-Oct. 31, 2017 (check the calendar for the daily schedule)
Hours: Mon., Wed.-Fri., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (limited activities on weekdays)
Cost: $7-$19.70 for farm admission (2 & under Free); additional activities extra.
Add up a fantastic corn maze (which happens to be pirate-themed this year), a ginormous pumpkin patch and tractor-pulled hayrides and the result is a fun and super-easy 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.
photo: Jennifer Young
Good to know: The Mosby Farmstand sells 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.
Dates: Sep. 30-Oct. 30, 2017
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 with the coupon 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, apple sling shots and hay wagon rides 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.
photo: Linda-Lovin Life L. via Yelp
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. Avoid the long lines and purchase your tickets online before you go.
Dates: October 1-31, 2017
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $3-$12 on weekdays; $5-$20 on weekends. See website for pricing details.
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 was last year’s price; this year’s price is TBD) with a children’s hay maze, farm animals, rubber 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.
photo: Dana M. via Yelp
Good to know: The pumpkin patch and corn maze are at a different location than the main store in Kent; the Farm Fun Yard and hayride are located across the street from the pumpkin patch. View the map online. Large pumpkins are priced per pound; small pumpkins are priced individually; sugar pumpkins are $2.50 each. Note: no pets are permitted at the pumpkin patch, corn maze or farm fun yard this year.
Dates: Sep. 29–Oct. 31, 2017
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter the pumpkin patch; Farm Fun Yard, hayrides and corn maze prices TBD. Check website for updates.
This family operated farm has been a Southsound favorite for more than 21 years and there’s a good reason why. 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 shot, face painting, pedal karts and pony rides, plus Pumpkin Pete’s Playtown and duck races. And don’t forget about the farm animals, concessions, candy store and fun fall decorations.
photo: Rachael Brandon
Good to know: This farm is photo worthy, so remember to bring along your camera!
Dates: Sep. 30-Oct. 31, 2017 (concessions, roasted corn, playtown, pedal karts, face painting and pony rides are weekend only activities)
Hours: Pumpkin patch open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 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.
Cost: Free to enter farm; activity costs vary.
North of Seattle
Bob’s Corn & 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, apple cannon and corn crib. There’s also a onsite photographer, hot food concession stand and face painting on the weekends. Psst… get in line for the homemade hot donuts when you arrive (seriously!); they always sell out early in the day. 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!
photo: Shawna Treen
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.
Dates: Sep. 23–Oct. 31, 2017
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-dusk (around 7 p.m.)
Cost: Pumpkin patch, hayrides and play area free; other activity costs vary. Combo wristbands available from $10-$20; a la carte attractions range from $2-$10. Activities limited on weekdays.
In addition to a 10-acre pumpkin patch and 7-acre corn maze, this farm features a weekend Family Adventure Farm with a corn maze, hay rides, jumping pillow, apple blaster cannon, 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!
photo: Stocker Farms Facebook page
Good to know: This fab farm provides red wagons for you to use in the fields or for picture-taking!
Stocker Farms Country Market
10622 Airport Way
Snohomish, Wa 98296
Dates: Oct 1–31, 2017
Hours: Country market with traditional pumpkin patch open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Family Adventure Farm open on weekends from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Select family activities open Tues.-Fri. from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Cost: $9.5-$13.45 for family activities, corn maze & pumpkin patch entrance (2 & under Free); online tickets 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 I Spy Barn, the hay ride to Minionville and all the fun harvest decorations around the farm. The Kids Adventure Maze is also another 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.
photo: Kenna Konoske
Good to know: This year, start a family tradition by making a scarecrow and bringing him back to the farm each year to be re-stuffed. This activity is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-dusk and includes all supplies (think: head, hat, pants, shirt and stuffing) for $24.95.
Dates: Sep. 23–Oct. 31, 2017
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-dusk (hay rides, pumpkin slinger, face painting, espresso shop and cook shack open on weekends only)
Cost: Free to enter the farm; activity costs vary. View activities online.
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!
photo: Katie Rust
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.
15308 52nd Ave. W.
Edmonds, Wa 98026
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays, October 1-29, 2017
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: $3/person (ages 10 mos. & up); pumpkins $1 & up; gourds $0.50 & up. Free parking.
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 three-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!
photo: Gypsy Mccormack
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.
Dates: Sep. 24–Oct. 31, 2017
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 $8-$18. View the activity list here.
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 newer farm additions: zombie paintball, a haunted swamp and a zombie farm. Oh, and don’t forget to pick some pumpkins!
photo: Kenna Konoske
Good to know: Pets are not allowed at the farm, so please leave Fido at home. This year, the farm has a new attraction—a pumpkin jump pad. This attraction offers a 60′ x 30′ pumpkin-themed jumping pad, designed for the whole fam.
630 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E.
Lake Stevens, Wa 98258
Dates Sep. 30–Oct. 31, 2017 (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 boasts 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 or field trips, just good ol’ basic farm fun.
12711 Springhetti Rd.
Snohomish, Wa 98296
Dates: Pumpkin patch open daily in October; farm activities and concessions open 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