Fall arrived a couple of weeks ago, October just began, and Halloween is coming. You can tell when you drive through your neighborhood or walk into any drug store, grocery store, or hardware store -- Halloween props and yard decorations and trick or treat paraphernalia are everywhere.
How about packing up your crew and taking them to a pumpkin patch? They're all over the place, within an easy drive of Seattle and suburbs in every direction.
A good place to start is 9 of Seattle's best pumpkin patches that also offer corn mazes, fall festivals in the Seattle P-I.
There's longtime favorite Remlinger Farms in Carnation where not only can you pick the pumpkins, hop on a train, and ride a pony, but they also serve there renowned mini-pies. And I can tell you firsthand, they make a good mini-pie out there.
Down in Kent, there's Carpinito Brothers Farm, where their two locations allow them to do a corn maze that'll blow your mind before or after you do the pumpkin picking, plus they do a Farm Fun Yard with farm animals, rubber duck races, and a goat walk.
Then there's Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm, an hour north of Seattle in Maltby. Head up there for 60 varieties of pumpkins, a corn maze, hayrides, and a country store. On the weekends they kick it up a notch, serving fall faves like roasted corn, Bavarian toasted almonds (they'll take you back to Oktoberfest,) and pumpkin donuts.
There's another good guide to pumpkin picking from our friends at Red Tricycle. Check out Carve Out Fun! The Scoop On Seattle's Best Pumpkin Patches.
That one adds some more options to your list of potential destinations, including the awesome Maris Farms in Buckley, "a pumpkin farm with all the bells and whistles . . . your one stop shop for harvest fun." I mean, come on: "Trike race course, a giant tube slide, zip lines, gaga ball and a human-sized Foosball game . . ." And you thought you were just heading out for pumpkins.
As always, given the world we're living in, check the websites of the pumpkin patches you want to visit for hours, COVID policies, and last-minute changes.
And let me know if I left off your favorite: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun out there!