Now that we’ve officially bid summer goodbye and the crisp autumn weather has set in, it’s time to embrace all things pumpkin. October is pumpkin patch season, and although it brings endless delights, it also poses a dilemma — with so many great options on the Eastside, how does one pick the perfect patch? Since each farm has its own specialty, here are a few options matched to your kiddo’s personality.
The Adrenaline Junkie
Carleton Farms, Lake Stevens
Open Daily: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
By day: an innocuous, scare-free pumpkinland. By night: a chance to be chased by zombies — or fend them off, paintball in hand. Whatever flavor of adrenaline rush your thrill-seeker is after, they’ll find it at Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens. The farm hosts a classic pumpkin patch and corn maze, and adventurous little ones will adore the ziplines, the hay swing, and the cannon blast zone. And, for a sugar rush, try their fresh-made pumpkin donuts.
The Aspiring Ranch Hand
Fairbank Farm, Edmonds
Saturday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends in October, you’ll find opportunities for pumpkin picking and animal viewing at Fairbank Farm in Edmonds. The full-service farm caters to animal lovers: Kids can watch eggs hatch in their incubators and feed the property’s chickens and ducks. There are plenty baby animals on site, and they can see pigs, sheep, ponies, and goats in action. A corn maze and a vegetable garden are also ripe for exploration.
The Veggie Lover
Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center, Carnation
Fall Festival: Saturday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch: Thursday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Besides pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, the Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center has a variety of fall veggies to purchase at their Farm Stand. During festival hours, they offer live music and food trucks with rotating treats. Entrance is free, and kids can swap magic beans to try out hay rides, embark on a farm tour, or fire off a pumpkin slingshot.
Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm, Snohomish
Open daily: 10 a.m. to dark
Have a little one who can’t get enough of trikes, trains, and trucks? They’ll adore Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm, where they can get their fill of farm machinery. Admission includes a spin in the hay-filled trike track, hayrides, and a scenic ride on the cow train. There’s also plenty to see on foot, including a 10-acre corn maze and, of course, 40 acres of jack-o-latern perfect pumpkins.
State History Buff
The Farm at Swan’s Trail, Snohomish
Monday to Friday: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Besides a 55-acre pumpkin patch, wagon rides, and live entertainment, The Farm at Swan’s Trail has something special for state history lovers. Their Washington-themed corn maze contains 4.5 miles worth of state landmarks and historical facts. With the corn maze’s scavenger hunt, you can race to the Idaho border and brush up on your local history along the way. Once the mystery is solved, there’s plenty more territory to explore. Rubber duck races, 50-foot indoor slides, and pedal karts are all included with admission.