With fall in full swing, my family starts thinking about which or our great pumpkin patches to attend for family day of pumpkin picking on the farm. Yeah, we know we can pick our pumpkins up at any grocery store, but there’s nothing more fun than getting all the kids together for a trip to the pumpkin patch. We choose a day when the Seahawks play a 1:00 game or later. We head out to the pumpkin patch in the morning so that we can be back in time for kick-off. Nana makes clam chowder; Papa makes chili. And the party lasts until the end of the game.
A quick poll on Facebook let me know pretty quickly which pumpkin patches are South Puget Sound’s favorites. I created this list to help you find your favorite pumpkin patch for you family.
25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy
Buckley, WA 98321
Marris Farms has a slightly different schedule this year due to COVID-19. They are open 11 am to 6 pm during the week, closed on Tuesdays. On Saturday & Sunday they open a little earlier at 9:30 am. What was once listed as 35+ activities has been reduced down to 20. You must buy your tickets online. Because of capacity limits, they will not sell you tickets on the farm. Listed activities include a 4-acre corn maze, zip lines, farm animals, and monster truck rides. Check their website for a complete list of all the activities they offer; it is still quite extensive.
Maris Farms charges admission to get in, check their Facebook Page for discounts or “flash sales” as they like to call them. There is also a page on their website dedicated to all the discounts they offer for teachers, military, seniors, and groups.
Maris Farms also offers a haunted maze for all you adrenaline junkies out there. Filled with creepy characters that jump out and scare you The Haunted Woods starts out after dark in an old barn rumored to be haunted for real and then carries on into a corn maze. The Haunted Wood is it’s own attraction and tickets are sold separately from the day time admission.
While the Haunted Woods is not recommended for children under 10, the Flashlight Maze is unhaunted and suitable for all ages!
9710 State Route 162 East
Spooner Farms is a 6th generation family-owned farm located in Puyallup, WA. Spooner Farms is a family favorite offering lots of fun family activities. They have a five-acre corn maze with over 3 miles of paths. Other activities include a pumpkin slingshot, Becky’s Animal Barn, face painting, and more. And of course, pumpkins! They have over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and corn. They are open daily from October 1st to October 31st. Some activities are only available on the weekend, or during certain hours. Check their Facebook Page for updates. There is no admission fee, you pay per activity that you want to do. The Corn Maze, for instance, is $8.00 Monday through Friday, and $10.00 on weekends.
7401 Yem Hwy SE
Olympia, WA 98513
Hunter Family Farm is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm October 1st through October 30th. There are many fun activities to choose from on the farm, including a corn maze and a junior corn maze. And for your extra small kiddo, there is a hay maze, and parents can supervise them from the catwalk above the maze.
There are also pony rides, ATV rides, and a pumpkin slingshot. My kid’s favorite is the giant bouncy pillow and the super slide. Review their website for the full list of activities and double-check for which activities are available only on weekends.
There is no fee to get in, activities are individually priced.
What to Bring to the Pumpkin Patch
When you go to the pumpkin patch this year, don’t forget to wear rain boots if you got’em. It’s still a farm, and you’re likely to walk through a little mud.
Bring some cash with you. While the gift shops and the admission booths all take credit cards, some of the food vendors only accept cash.
And don’t forget your camera!
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