It’s almost Halloween — here are some places and events to help you get in the spirit.
Pumpkin farms, corn mazes and haunted attractions offer fall fun for everyone, from harvest celebrations to spooky Halloween scares. Farms around the region offer pumpkins in every size and color perfect for fall displays on your porch or mantle, carving into Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and cooking in everything from pies and muffins to serving as soup tureens. Whether your farm style is buying fresh produce at a working farm or you’re looking for hay rides, corn mazes and kids attractions, there’s an array of choices and lots of time to visit one farm or several through October.
Take a scenic drive through the Snohomish countryside to one of the seven farms that are part of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins including the Snohomish Valley’s original Pumpkin Cannon and hayrides at Carleton Farms; 30 varieties of pumpkins at Thomas Family Farm; pumpkin slinger, corn maze and farm animals at Craven Farm; a weekend play barn for kids at Bailey Vegetable Farm; and produce stands and other attractions at all locations.
Halloween and harvest attractions
Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins:festivalofpumpkins.org
Serres Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (425-868-3017 or serresfarm.com)
Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 6868 S. 277th St., Kent; free admission (253-854-5692 or carpinito.com/index.php/pumpkin-patch)
Fall Harvest Festival, Remlinger Farms: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation; $18.75 (425-333-4135 or remlingerfarms.com)
Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins and Corn Maze: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 2431 Highway 530 N.E., Arlington (360-435-5616 or facebook.com/biringers.black.crow)
Fright Fest: 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30, Wild Waves & Enchanted Village, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$27.99 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.com/index.php)
Georgetown Morgue Haunted House: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, hours vary through Oct. 31, 5000 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $22-$42 (seattlehaunts.com)
Many farms offer additional features on weekends. Farms open only Saturdays and Sundays include Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish, and the Fall Harvest Festival at Remlinger Farms in Carnation that charges an all-inclusive fee for the fun park with a hay jump, steam train, pony rides, corn maze, farm animals, mini roller coaster, pedal go-carts and other kiddie rides.
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Admission to most pumpkin patches is free, with varying fees for corn mazes, hay rides and other activities; some are cash only. Footwear for muddy fields is suggested, and most farms don’t allow pets.
Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins and Corn Maze, unlike most other pumpkin farms, welcomes dogs and is hosting its annual Doggie Costume Contest on Oct. 22 with prizes in several categories for creatively attired canines and their owners.
For fans of Halloween season scares, some farms offer nighttime corn mazes and other haunted attractions. Other Halloween haunts include Fright Fest at Wild Waves & Enchanted Village in Federal Way with a haunted trail, two haunted houses, 20 rides in the dark and, for ages 12 and younger, the Booville scare-free zone with games, carnival attractions and magic shows, weekends through Oct. 30.
Haunted horrors fill Georgetown Morgue Haunted House in Seattle, a longtime local Halloween season favorite. This year’s scares include “the most horrifying unsolved crime in Seattle history,” “blood splattered floors” and “body strewn sewers.” Parts of the Haunted House are in close quarters and actors may brush past you, but they don’t touch visitors. There are emergency exits every 15 feet to opt out, but since scares are promised, there are no refunds. For safety reasons, no masks or Halloween costumes are allowed. Lines can be long; higher-priced VIP tickets offer quicker access. Free parking is available across the street.
Georgetown Morgue Haunted House gory scares are for teens and adults. A lights-on Kids Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, is free for kids with a donation of three cans of food and $5 for each accompanying adult.
Frighthouse Station at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, open weekends through October, is billed as an “all-new experiment in terror” for teens and adults. A portion of the proceeds from admission benefits local food banks.