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5 Great Pumpkin Patches Around the Sound

The unmistakable signs of fall are upon us, with shorter days, damper weather, and trees aflame with color. Families looking for fun activities this time of year often look to pumpkin patches for a day of sipping cider, picking out the perfect Jack o’ Lantern pumpkin, and getting lost in a corn maze.

We’ve rounded up the best pumpkin patches for you to explore around the Sound this time of year, each offering something unique and memorable.

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Oxbow Farms

Carnation’s Oxbow Farms is one of the top organic farms in the region, so these pumpkins have been grown without harmful chemicals. Kids will love the range of activities, including the living playground crafted of tunnels and domes and a tee-pee covered in gourds, beans, hops and other greenery. There’s also a one-acre educational farm open to exploration, native plant sales, a farm stand, and an indoor play area called the House of Hay that’s perfect for those inevitable rainy days.

Carleton Farms

Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens takes the pumpkin patch concept to a whole new level with its festivities, including a zip line, pumpkin cannons, corn maze, and zombie paintball. There are traditional pursuits, too, like the pumpkin patch, hay rides, and farm animals. And the kids can keep busy, rain or shine, inside the Kids Barn, a fully-enclosed play area with a hay maze, rope swing, and tube slide.

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Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm

Pumpkin enthusiasts will love this Snohomish Farm, which sells more than 60 varieties of pumpkins—mini pumpkins, 200-pound giants, and everything in between—spread throughout four patches at the farm. Naturally, there’s a corn maze too, but this 10-acre one is outfitted with 18 reservable fire pits if you want to spend a spooky evening out in the field. And there’s more: hayrides, apple doughnuts, a kids’ corn maze, cow train, apple cannon, hot-roasted corn and squash, and face painting.

Maris Farms

Maris Farms in Buckley packs in the fun with a ton of activities, including an animal barn, corn maze, hay rides, pedal carts, mine shaft slides, Monster Truck rides, a gigantic inflated pillow for jumping on, human foosball, tug-of-war, ziplines, roller races, and a cow train. The farm races ducks and pigs, organizes paintball safari rides, and allows visitors to fish for trout on the property. It also has one of the region’s best pumpkin patches, with discount coupons available on the farm’s website. If you’re into something a little more spooky, there are also “haunted” nighttime tours through the corn maze.

Spooner Farms

Good, old-fashioned fun is the theme at Spooner Farms in Puyallup. The farm is a favorite of visitors of all ages, thanks to the array of activities. You can hunt for quirky decorative fall produce, as the farm boasts 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and corn. Wander the fifth generation farm and enjoy the corn maze, pumpkin sling shots, pedal karts, pony rides, face painting, farm animals, and duck races. Another highlight is the roasted corn, served hot with butter on the weekends.

Megan Hill

Megan Hill is a freelance food, outdoors, and travel writer living in Seattle. She writes for a wide variety of print and online publications, including Edible Seattle, Eater Seattle, and Northwest Travel & Life. You can read more from her on her <a href="http://meganhillfreelancewriter.com/">website</a> and follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/meganhillwriter">@MeganHillWriter</a>.