It's October! Here's where to pick your own pumpkin around the Sound

These U-Pick pumpkin patches are all within about an hour of Seattle, and most feature lots of family fun in addition to the pumpkins

October 1, 2018
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I was a little freaked out around Labor Day when Halloween decorations and candy and costumes started showing up in stores, nearly two months before the actual holiday. But now October is here, and it's time to get serious about Halloween, which means lodaing up the family and heading to a pumpkin patch. But where?

No worries. Thanks to our diligent friends at Red Tricycle Seattle, I've got a great guide to spots all around the Sound (but still within about an hour of the heart of Seattle) where you can not only grab your own pumpkin right out of a muddy field, but you can get lost in a corn maze, meet some farm animals, go on a hayride, and do all kinds of autumny activities that make total sense now that it's October.

On the Eastside, I've always liked Remlinger Farms and Fox Hollow Farms. Remlinger, especially, has some serious amenities, like a train and a Flying Pumpkins ride.

South of Seattle, I'm going to recommend Maris Farms in Buckley. As the article puts it:

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 (pictured below), plus spider web climber, pony rides, a pedal cart track and The Haunted Woods (a nighttime corn maze).

And those pig races they mention? I don't want to brag, but there's a pig named after me. For real. Here's your Maris Farm details in case you'd like to see my namesake pig in action.

If you're up north, there are several solid Snohomish County pumpkin patches, like Carleton Farms and Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm.

All the details you need about locations and hours and prices are in this story.

Don't forget your boots, and maybe a tarp to put under the pumpkins in the back of the SUV. Happy picking!