Our days are getting shorter and there is a bit of a chill in the air that can only mean one thing: pumpkin season is on its way. Fresh pumpkin pies, crunchy baked seeds and glowing jack-o-lanterns all get their start with a visit to a local pumpkin patch. For many families, the trip signifies the beginning of the fall season, full of holidays, family and comfort foods. Fun activities at each patch give the whole family reason to head out, rain or shine. With so many great pumpkin patches and corn mazes in Pierce County to choose from, your family will want to visit more than one this fall.
September 28 – October 31
25001 Sumner Buckley Highway, Buckley
Maris Farms boosts a pumpkin patch and a corn maze, as well as over 30 other activities to provide a full day (and night!) of fun for your entire family. From pig races to a kiddie ball zone and mechanical bull riding to a hot seat escape room, they have something for everyone. Highlights include the corn maze, which takes about 45 minutes to find your way through and has a different theme each year (for an extra challenge, do the corn maze at night with a flashlight!), zombie paintball and Haunted Woods. The Haunted Woods attraction is touted at the scariest in Pierce County, so you have been warned. Its 30-45 minutes of pure Halloween terror. They recommend it for those over 10-years-old and without heart conditions.
Don’t forget the pumpkins! The u-pick pumpkin patch in Buckley is ripe with traditional orange as well as specialty red and white pumpkins in every size. Once you pick your pumpkin, shop their gourds, corn stalks and carving kits to complete your fall décor. Maris Farms also has food available on-site, including kettle corn, hamburgers, hot dogs and, of course, roasted corn. Ticket prices vary depending on attraction. Find more information and to purchase advanced tickets, visit the Maris Farms website. You can also follow them on Facebook.
September 28 – October 31
6502 5nd Street E, Puyallup
If you are looking for a family-friendly pumpkin patch and corn maze, Picha Farms in Puyallup is for you. Picha promises nothing scary, just lots of family fun. You can even bring your dog as long as you keep him or her leashed and clean up after. They have lots of fun activities, including a five-acre corn maze with trivia questions hidden inside, pumpkin slingshot, hayride, kiddie train and more. Sip hot apple cider while indulging in a caramel apple and hot dog. Pick your pumpkin right out of the field. They also have gourds, cornstalks and squash for sale. Entrance to the patch is free, activities have separate admissions. For more information, visit the Picha Farms website or Facebook page.
September 28 – October 31
9710 State Route 162 E, Puyallup
Each year, Spooner Farms has a Harvest Festival that includes a pumpkin patch and corn maze. In addition to the corn maze, they have many activities for kids such as sling shots, pony rides, face painting, animals, pedal karts and more. They have a concession stand in case you need to refuel after the maze before you pick the perfect pumpkin. Activities have varying dates and hours, so check the Spooner Farms website before heading out.
Double R Farms
5820 44th Street E, Puyallup
This third-generation farm has a five-acre corn maze and claims to have the largest selection of pumpkins in the valley. If you are looking for a large pumpkin patch in Pierce County, Double R Farms is for you! Free hay rides to the patch are offered on the weekends, weather permitting. After hand selecting your pumpkin, the whole family can play with the three sling shots they have. Kids will enjoy the live animals in the barn as well. They also sell other fall decoration items including mini pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks. And, for those looking to bake, farm fresh edible squash and pie making pumpkins are also available. For more information, visit the Double R Farms website or Facebook page.
Scholz Farm and Garden
14310 128th Street E, Puyallup
Scholz Farm and Garden will not be doing their Pumpkin Palace this year. They will still have pumpkins and fall produce for sale during their normal hours. They do recommend calling ahead to ensure availability. You can see general seasonal availability at the PugetSoundFresh website.
Old McDebbie’s Farm & Jim’s U-Fish
Open through October 31
4924 268th Street E, Spanaway
For a real farm experience with some unique features, Old McDebbie’s Farm & Jim’s U-Fish is the place to go. Where else will your child get to pick out a pumpkin and pet a zebra? They are open every day but Monday and are also available for field trips by reservation. This year, they have an Eye Spy trail with kid friendly “if you dare” Halloween loop, musical forest, outdoor play areas and more. They encourage interaction with their animals so this is a perfect place to take kids that love critters. They also have pony rides and carnival games like rubber duckie races. Jim’s U-Fish provides trout fishing, another unique aspect about this pumpkin patch in Spanaway. Pumpkins are pre-priced, so no waiting in line to weigh them. There is a general admission charge for anyone over two-years-old. Other activities priced separately. For more information, visit the Old McDebbie’s Farm & Jim’s U-Fish website.
Thomasson Family Farm
38223 236th Avenue SE, Enumclaw
The Thomasson Family Farm has a pumpkin patch and corn maze in Enumclaw that is perfect for the entire family. Each year, their corn maze has a different, fun theme. In 2019, expect a pirate theme. They also have laser tag on the weekends and a kids korral area that is full of fun for the little ones. Activities in the kids korral include duck races, cattle roping, slides, tires, a tractor train, junior zip lines and more. In the pumpkin patch, they have several varieties in all shapes and sizes to choose from. For more information, visit the Thomasson Family Farm website.
Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patches
September 14: Watsons Nursery/6211 Pioneer Way E, Puyallup
October 19: McLendon’s/1015 North Pearl Street, Tacoma
October 26: Pioneer Park Pavilion/330 South Meridian, Puyallup
For those looking for an artistic take on the fall classic, check out the Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patches. There will be three glass pumpkin patches in Pierce County this year, two in Puyallup and one in Tacoma. Each patch will have 1-2,000 handcrafted pumpkins in an array of sizes and colors, each one unique. Admission is free to walk through and gaze upon these beautiful works of art. Take one or two home and enjoy it year after year. All events are rain or shine. For more information visit the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio website.