Where to find a pumpkin patch in Seattle and around the Sound

It's officially fall! Halloween is still a big question mark in the age of COVID, but you and your family can still get yourselves a couple of big fat pumpkins

September 28, 2020
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Halloween is coming. You can tell when you enter any drug store, grocery store, or hardware store -- Halloween props and yard decorations and trick or treat paraphernalia are everywhere. 

Unfortunately, there are some issues with trick or treating this year. The latest recommendation is not to trick or treat, even though it seems pretty safe to me: kids wearing masks, outdoors, collecting wrapped candy that can be doled out by gloved hands. We'll see how it all goes later in October.

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Meanwhile, speaking of fun Halloween activities that happen outdoors, how about packing up the 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 this, from the Seattle P-I: 9 popular pumpkin patches less than an hour drive from Seattle.

First of all, keep in mind that no matter where you go, you'll need to observe some COVID-19-inspired rules and restrictions like masks, social distancing, and -- at some farms -- advance reservations.

So prepare for that and hit the road.

There's longtime favorite Remlinger Farms in Carnation where not only can you pick the pumpkins but you can purchase pies. And I can tell you firsthand, they make a good pie out there.

Down in Kent, there's Carpinito Brothers Farm, where the corn maze will blow your mind before or after you do the pumpkin picking.

Then there's Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish. This place goes big, and even though they've eliminated some attractions for safety like Zombie Paintball and Monster Truck Rides, they're still planning on offering their Corn Maze, Cow Train, Super Slide, Duck Races, Gem Mining, Pro Karts, Sports Toss, and Apple Cannon by day, and their famous Haunted Hayrides, the fire pit, night maze, and the nighttime pumpkin patch after the sun goes down. As I said, they go big.

Here's the full list, and here's the separate Thomas Family Farm link. Before you go, be sure and check with the website of the farm you're planning to visit to get the scoop on those rules.

Let me know if I left anything out!

Have fun and stay safe out there!