Does the beginning of fall make you nostalgic? Does the crisp air combined with cloudy skies and shorter days take you back to Octobers when fall meant a weekend trip to the farm to spend hours searching for the best pumpkin? Do you remember wandering through corn stalks towering over you like giants as you searched for a way out? Perhaps it makes you excited at the prospect of the unknown, perhaps the potential to be frightened at any moment makes your heart beat faster…
Well, if that’s the case, allow us to help you out. This fall, you have tons ways to relive some of your nostalgic memories, and we think taking part in some traditional fall fun is just the way to do it. Forget the grocery store – choose your pumpkin from hundreds of others at a patch. While you’re there, see how long it’ll take you to get through a tricky corn maze, and step foot into a haunted house… if you dare. Welcome to your guide on where to go to begin your nostalgic fall experience!
Key: PP = pumpkin patch, CM = corn maze, HCM= haunted corn maze, HH=haunted house, NA=Nighttime Activities
Carleton Farm – (PP, CM, HCM, NA, Lake Stevens) Let’s say you want the full experience – pumpkin patch, corn maze, and all the scares, and you aren’t opposed to going for a little excursion out of the city. Well then, Carleton Farm fits the bill. Not only do they have a pumpkin patch with a large range of pumpkin sizes, a corn maze with a detective-style twist, and an option of doing a no-scare night time corn maze, the farm also offers several spooky activities. These include a Zombie Paintball Wagon Ride, a Haunted Swamp, and a Zombie Farm. If you’re not so keen on the nighttime activities, there’s still more to do in the daytime, such as zip-lining, firing a pumpkin cannon (yeah, really), and of course, getting to eat plenty of seasonal food to satiate your appetite. What could be better?
Carpinito Brothers – (PP, CM, Kent) A farm relatively close to the city, Carpinito Brother’s boasts a large pumpkin patch, and corn mazes that can be particularly tricky. You can also take a tour of the farm on one of their hayrides, and while you won’t find any nighttime fright type activities at this farm, you will have a chance to pick up all the fresh seasonal fruits and veggies you like at their market and store, and for reasonable prices too. And for those with kids, the farm fun yard is sure to be a draw for the little ones.
Georgetown Morgue – (HH, Seattle) For those who don’t want to stray too far, we think you’ll dig the Georgetown Morgue. Located in Seattle, in what used to be an actual morgue, and with stories of unsolved crime and horror that will send shivers down your spine, we’re sure this is a choice that many will enjoy. While the actual time spent in the haunted house is a little on the shorter side, once you’re through, you’ll have all of Georgetown to explore. So go grab food and drinks with friends afterwards, and see how long it takes to get your racing heart to slow down.
Maris Farms – (PP, CM, HCM, NA, Buckley) Maris Farms is popular, and it’s easy to see why. Any fall activity you can think of, no matter how wacky, they’ve probably got it here. Pig and duck races, monster truck rides, mechanical bull riding, a zombie old west gallery and more await you at Maris Farms. And if you want to take a peak of the farm at night, you’ve got that option too. Choose either a flashlight, no-haunt corn maze, or venture into their haunted wood…and good luck making it out. Come for the pumpkin patch and corn maze, stay for all the other crazy fun experiences there are to have at this farm.
Fright Factory – (HH, Buckley) Think you’re really the bravest person you know? Feeling really courageous? All right, then why not see how you’ll hold up at this haunted house? Fright Factory is top rated, and for good reason. This is not for the faint of heart. Enter with caution and see how long you can make it before you scream and begin to run. And if terror makes you hungry, never fear – they’ve got snacks and food trucks waiting for you afterwards.
Thomas Family Farms & Nightmare on 9 – (PP, CM, HCM, HH, Snohomish) By day, this is known as Thomas Family Farms where you can find your perfect pumpkin, navigate your way through a corn maze, take a ride on the Pro Karts or monster trucks, and shoot apples through a cannon at 200mph+. At night, the farm transforms. Take part in the flashlight corn maze, stopping at the firepit halfway through (or renting out your own private pit), to warm up and have concessions. Or, if you think you’re up for it, see if you can survive the Nightmare on 9 Haunted House. But be warned… you will scream. The choice is yours.
Stalker Farms – (CM, HCM, HH Snohomish) A bit of a twist on your regular haunted house, this haunted attraction makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a horror movie, in the best way possible. You can choose between a non-scare corn maze in the dark, or two unique haunted attractions. And while you’re there, you’ll also get a chance to use the jumping pillow, an apple blaster, shoot paintballs at zombies and more.
Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm – (PP, CM, NA) If you’re simply looking for the most traditional festive fall nostalgia experience, Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm is a must. A giant pumpkin patch, a tricky corn maze, a country farm to pick up all your souvenirs, and fire pits to rent out for those chilly, fun nights with friends. The only thing that could make it better is tasty treats and concessions… which Bob’s Farm also has. Don’t sit out on this experience!
- Chelsea Booker - The World is Fun Social Media Coordinator and Spooktacular Local Guide