Halloween is almost here, are you ready? The Seattle area has some great options to get your kids out of the house and stomping around in the mud looking for the best carving pumpkin of the season.
Even if you don’t have kids these Halloween hot spots serve up loads of fun for visitors of all ages. Eat your body weight in homemade donuts, drink a gallon of cider and watch as pumpkins are shot out of cannons.
Opening Weekend October 5-7
A great farm to visit during the week when others are closed. Stroll through the pumpkin patch, and say hi to a few goats after playing with water pumps and running through a tiny haystack built just for smaller kids. You will miss out on the hayride and kettle corn if you visit during the week, but you will still have a fantastic time celebrating the season.
- Farm Open Daily October 12 through October 31, Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 8 pm
- Free to visit the farm, farmstand, or Pumpkin Patch.
- Farmyard is $9 (free for 2 years old and younger).
- Hayrides are $2 (included in the Farmyard entrance)
- Farm Tots is $8 for a child accompanied by an adult.
Opens 1st weekend of October
Make the trek out to one of the favorite pumpkin patch experience for families of Seattle. Let the kids run wild in the free kid’s hay maze before taking a tractor ride out to the pumpkin fields to pick your perfect pumpkin or gourd (price depends on weight of pumpkin). Snacks and lunch are available in the concession area, or pickup a few things from the farm stand to compliment the picnic lunch you brought.
- Farm open every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10am to 5pm
- Pumpkins charged by the weight
Opens Wednesday, October 3rd
My family’s favorite farm to visit every October as we start our quest for the perfect carving pumpkin; I can pretend it’s the pumpkins that bring us out, but really it’s the fresh apple cider and donuts made on sight. Past visits have included a pumpkin cannon, animal encounters, a hay maze, special guest musicians and hay rides.
- Store hours: Open Wednesday and Thursday 12-6, Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sundays 11-5 (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
- Bring your own bags for purchases
- Cash or check only.
- No Pets
Open Sept. 29th – October 28th
Anyone looking for a few amusement park rides to go along with their pumpkin picking experience should head over to Remlinger Farm. A corn maze, wagon rides and a U-Pick pumpkin field on top of a ride on the ferries wheel or antique cars even a 3 year old could drive are bound to make your fall festivities memorable. An added bonus for sugar loving parents- they make their own donuts right in front of you.
- Open weekends from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 PM
Starts October 13th
Celebrate every weekend this October with your favorite zoo animals at Seattle’s own Pumpkin Bash and Trick-or-Treating at the Woodland Park Zoo. Animals are given their own pumpkin treats while kids can trick or treat around the exhibits. Costumes are highly encouraged. Halloween-themed snacks will be available at the Rain Forest Food Pavilion and special holiday programs will be featured in the Zoomazium.
- Pumpkin Bash is open on the weekends. Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (zoo remains open until 4pm)
- See animal feeding schedule at the zoo if you want to catch them munching on their pumpkin treat.
- Free with regular zoo admission.
- During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted FREE with a paid adult.
For anyone looking for a little exercise before overindulging in Halloween candy, sign up for the Zoo’s Pumpkin Dash Fun Run on October 28th
- 5K run entrance fee is $30.
- 1K Kids dash is free to enter
- Costumes are highly encouraged
- No pets please
October 20 and 21st
Head south to Tacoma to catch more animals in action at the Point Defiance Zoo. Take a camel ride before you watch the animals get their own pumpkin treats. Afterwards stop by to see just what the zoo keepers are whipping up as they design their own jack-o-lanterns. Need a little extra something to add to your costume? Face painters will be available to turn your little kitten or bat into an animal worthy of hanging out in one of the enclosures.
- Oct. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Regular zoo hours are 9:30am-4pm
- Events are free with zoo admission
- $2 discount off admission if you come in costume.
- Separate fees for camel rides
Other family favorite spots celebrating the fall season: