October is upon us, and at farms across the South Sound the cider is brewed, the corn mazes are hedged, and the sugar pumpkins are ripe for the pickin’. It’s pumpkin patch season — the time to hunt for a perfect set of jack-o-laterns while getting your fill of fall comforts. There are no shortage of pumpkin patches in the South Sound, and each farm offers its own twist on fall activities and treats to sample. From Auburn to Olympia, here are seven south sound pumpkin patches worth visiting this season.
3104 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn
Open daily: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last maze entrance at 5 p.m.)
Auburn’s Mosby Farms has a selection of sugar and specialty pumpkins, cornstalks, and ornamental gourds large and small. At their simple u-pick patch, you can grab a cart and wander the fields for your pick of the fall bounty. Pumpkins and gourds are sold by the pound, and pets are welcome as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after. For more fall fun, try out their 1.2 mile corn maze ($10 adults, $7 kids), which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the moonwalk.
27508 W Valley Highway N, Kent
Open daily: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Besides being packed full of fall fun, Carpinito Brother’s picturesque pumpkin patch has views out to Mount Rainier on a crisp, clear day. The 20-acre farm has a plethora of pumpkin varieties, a pig-themed corn maze, and a family fun yard for an array of exciting activities. Little ones will love the farm animals, goat walk, and the creative uses of hay — including a mini-maze and a barnyard slide.
302 93rd Ave SE, Olympia
Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight
Rutledge Farms has a sizable pumpkin patch and activities ranging from corn cannons to cow trains, but the farm is best known for its corn mazes. This year, two individual mazes combine to form a unique design honoring the American Heart Association. Spend an afternoon getting lost among the stalks and solving the mystery of Farmer Joe, or try your hand at classic farm games (corn hole, anyone?). If haunted corn mazes are your thing, they’ve got that too, along with zombie paintball, on Friday and Saturday evenings.
38223 236th Ave SE, Enumclaw
Open daily: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Visitors to Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw will find pumpkins, a Pacfiic Northwest-themed corn maze, and fun activities for tots to teens. Fuel up on fall treats like caramel apples and pumpkin donuts before exploring the Kids Korral, where you can get a taste of the farm’s dairy roots with a hand-milking cow and John Deere tractor train. Or let your competitive side show with a game of Laser Tag Hay Stack Maniac (Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m.) Whatever your style, there are enough activities for a full day of fun.
6502 52nd St E, Puyallup
Monday to Friday: 3 to 6 p.m. (last maze entrance at 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last maze entrance at 5:30 p.m.)
At Picha Farms off of Puyallup’s River Road, a field of prize-winning pumpkins and a trivia-laden corn maze are ready to be explored. Get the full farm experience with a country hayride (weekends, then daily starting Oct. 11) or test your aim with a pumpkin slingshot. On the weekends, fresh popcorn, gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, and hot coffee are all available to munch on. The farm also will host a live bluegrass band on select Saturdays and Sundays. Leashed dogs are welcome, but they may not enter the corn maze.
25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley
Monday to Friday: 1 to 6 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Buckley’s Maris Farms might take the cake for the largest array of fall attractions in the South Sound. By day, you can weave through a combined 10 acres of corn maze and pumpkin patch, or choose from a whopping thirty-five activities — among them pumpkin tetherball, rubber duck races, and a mechanical bull. They also offer a haunted woods excursion weekend evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
9710 State Route 162 E, Puyallup
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Come October, sixth generation Spooner Farms turns into an autumn wonderland. Their Harvest Festival runs daily all month and features fifty varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Weekdays you can stroll through their pumpkin patch, corn maze, or use their pumpkin slingshot. For a full-blown carnival vibe, catch them on the weekends, where you’ll find face painting, pony rides, pedal karts, and delectable fall treats.