Fall is a special time of year replete with family traditions. Arguably, none are better than wandering through a pumpkin patch and carefully choosing just the right pumpkin to take home.
The PNW is home to many family farms with pumpkins for purchase and numerous fall activities to enjoy.
This year’s pumpkin patch festivities may look a little different, though — changes have been made at most venues to comply with current state COVID-19 guidelines. You’ll be sure to come across social distancing, masks, hand-sanitizing stations, and capacity limit protocols.
Limitations, however, don’t mean that fun won’t still be there, waiting to be experienced. Included below are some South Sound-area pumpkin patches you should be sure to check out.
Buckley’s Maris Farms has just what you’re looking for this fall season. Although this pumpkin patch doesn’t open until Sept. 26, many fun attractions there have already begun. Currently, patrons can enjoy its 5-acre corn maze, wagon ride, tube slide, zip line, animal barn, and more.
The famed Flashlight Maze, Haunted Woods, and Spooky Trail opened for the season Sept. 18. Catch-and-release trout fishing is available on weekends.
Kettle corn, roasted corn, and additional food items are also available for purchase. Stop by the gift shop for honey, preserves, fall décor, t-shirts, and much more.
Purchase tickets here. Maris Farms is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 2. and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Starting Oct. 3, hours will shift to 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The farms will be closed on Tuesdays.
Double R Farms
Puyallup’s Double R Farms opens Oct. 3 The third-generation family farm offers a wide selection of pumpkins along with plenty of family photo ops amid the picturesque setting.
For fall fun, try your hand at pumpkin slinging, or wander through the giant corn maze. If you’re hoping for smaller crowds, come during the week.
Nibble on snacks like popcorn, smoothies, and additional weekend food-truck options. There is no admission fee for visitors; guests pay for individual activities on-site. Pumpkins are priced by the pound.
Double R Farms is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Carpinito Brothers Farm
Kent’s Carpinito Brothers Farm opens Sept. 25. Visitors can sort through pumpkins of all sizes and varieties at this u-pick patch in beautiful Kent Valley. Plenty of fresh produce is also available for purchase.
The farm’s Family Fun Yard is full of surprises for all ages. It’s known for its farm animals, hay maze, rubber duck races, corn pit, and more. Be sure to check out this year’s “Kraken”-themed corn maze, too.
Food and drink concessions on the farm are additionally available for purchase. Admission tickets are sold on-site. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk.
Ruthledge Family Farm
Olympia’s Rutledge Family Farm opens Sept. 29. There, you’ll find plenty of pumpkins to choose from. Entrance to the patch is free, and pumpkins are priced by the pound. Make sure to check out the farm’s ever-changing selection of other fresh produce options, too.
The farm notably offers additional attractions kids especially will enjoy, from its corn maze to its cow train, from its zip swing to its corn cannon.
Looking for something a little creepier? Try out the nighttime Haunted Corn Maze or Zombie Paintball. You can purchase tickets here.
Ruthledge Family Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some evening activities permit additional hours.
Thomasson Family Farm
Enumclaw’s Thomasson Family Farm opens Oct. 1. This rural, six-acre pumpkin patch has a vast selection; pumpkins are priced using a size chart. There are also gourds and many specialty pumpkins available at the farm that vary by price.
Kids won’t run out of things to do at the farm’s Kid’s Corral. They can enjoy everything from the apple slingshot and the bubble table to duck races and cattle roping, to name a few options. The farm also offers laser tag and a corn maze.
This year, the farm’s theme is oriented around travel. Since travel plans were cancelled for many because of COVID-19, the farm wants visitors to “travel” with it by “visiting” the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Sphinx, and more.
A variety of drinks and snacks are also available for purchase. Food truck options are exclusive to weekends.
Admission tickets are available for purchase online. Thomasson Family Farm is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
Schilter Family Farm
Olympia’s Schilter Family Farm is opening its doors Sept. 26. Grab a cart and fill it with your specially chosen pumpkins from the farm’s expansive Harvest Pumpkin Patch. The patch boasts 40 different kinds of pumpkins, all of which are sold by the pound.
Additional activities to try out at the farm include its cow train, hay wagon rides, outdoor hay maze, pony rides, and more. The Fort Nisqually play area will also be open and ready for merrymaking. Find your way through this year’s “Schilter Sunny Days Maze” sunflower-themed corn maze, too.
A visit is never complete at Schilter Family Family Farm without testing out its cider donuts, caramel apples, roasted corn, kettle corn, homemade fudge, and other treats. Be sure to check out the gift shop, which includes seasonal décor, straw bales, corn stalks, colorful gourds, and winter squash.
All tickets for admission are sold online. Schilter Family Farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.