Looking for The Great Pumpkin? It might be waiting for you at one of the many pumpkin patches and autumn-theme events happening this month.
It’s pumpkin season at farms around the region with corn mazes, hay rides, produce stands, kids activities and pumpkins, from mini to enormous, for carving, cooking or simply adorning your porch or table.
This Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, Bainbridge Gardens hosts its annual Pumpkin Walk with a display of 300 carved, lighted pumpkins along their Nature Trail, plus a hay maze, a bounce house, music, carnival games and visits with the Great Pumpkin. Admission is free, with suggested cash donation for attractions to benefit Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club.
Most farm activities continue through Oct. 31, with something for everyone. The Snohomish area has several farms, including seven hosting the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins, with information on ongoing and special events on their website, festivalofpumpkins.org. Bailey Vegetables’ fifth-generation Snohomish Valley family farm has acres of u-pick pumpkins, gourds and vegetables daily, with play barn rope swings, hay climb and toy tractors Saturdays and Sundays. Stocker Farms, also in Snohomish, includes a pumpkin patch, country market and corn maze daily, and Family Fun Park hay rides, vendors, pumpkin launching and “Stalker Farms” evening haunted attraction on weekends.
Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 16-17.
Location: 9415 Miller Road N.E., Bainbridge.
More info: 206-842-5888 or bainbridgegardens.com/PumpkinWalk.html
Bailey Vegetables Pumpkin Patch
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; play barn 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Location: 12711 Springhetti Road, Snohomish.
More info: 360-568-8826 or baileyveg.com/index.html.
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Location: 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish
More info: 360-568-7391 or stockerfarms.com/default.aspx.
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Location: 830 Sunnyside Blvd. S.E., Lake Stevens
More info: carletonfarm.com.
Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Location: 6868 S. 277th St., Kent.
More info: 253-854-5692 or carpinito.com/index.php/pumpkin-patch.
Fairbanks Animal and Pumpkin Farm
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Location: 15308 52nd Ave. S., Edmonds.
Remlinger Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Location: 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation.
More info: 425-333-4135 or remlingerfarms.com.
Carleton Farm in Lake Stevens has a pumpkin patch, corn maze and farm market daily and kids activities, pumpkin cannon, zip lines and haunted attractions on weekends. Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch and corn maze on 20 acres in the Kent valley is open daily with Family Fun Yard farm animals and hay rides, produce stand, roasted corn and other concessions.
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Many farms offer additional features on weekends. Farms open Saturdays and Sundays only include Fairbanks Animal and Pumpkin Farm in Edmonds, geared toward younger children with Pumpkin Land attractions and farm animals, and Remlinger Farms in Carnation with kiddie rides, hay jump, steam train, pony rides, pumpkins, farm market and restaurant.
Prices vary for pumpkins and activities; some farms charge admission, and some by attraction; cash only at some locations. Dress for the weather, including appropriate footwear for muddy fields, and leave pets at home. If you’re using your pumpkins for carving or cooking, save the seeds for roasting (toss clean seeds with melted butter, salt and/or other seasonings, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and tasty).
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