hay•ride (noun) 
A classic date: Cruising in a horse-drawn wagon and getting straw in your hair

Do it›› Eschew the Little House on the Prairie style at the Zombie Safari Paintball Hayride at Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish. thomasfamilyfarm.com

 

ap•ple pick•ing (noun) 
Manual field labor that becomes a recreational activity when the weather is crisp and there’s an apple pie to be baked

Do it›› After you gather your own Jonagolds at Gordon Skagit Farms in Mount Vernon, score some cider; sales benefit a local high school. gordonskagitfarms.com/activities

pump•kin patch (noun)  
A field of orange squash meant to be taken home and violently carved with kitchen knives as a Halloween tradition

Do it›› Sure, Stocker Farms in Snohomish has two patches for picking, but even better is the pumpkin cannon launch. Heads up. stockerfarms.com


leaf peep•ing (noun) 
The act of furtively viewing trees as they seductively change their colors

Do it›› The stretch of Highway 20 between Sedro-Woolley and Rockport is alive with yellowing cottonwood and aspen trees; locals bill it as the Magic 30 Miles. skagitvisitor.com


corn maze (noun) 
A labyrinth made of crops, meant to test the logic skills and/or sanity of unsuspecting human subjects

Do it›› The 12-acre corn maze at the Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish is in the shape of the state of Washington, so it’s educational and infuriating. thefarm1.com


Ok•to•ber•fest (noun) 
A nineteenth-century German tradition reimagined as a family-friendly boozefest and excuse for sauerkraut breath

Do it›› Leavenworth, aka Bavarian Disneyland, pours pints in an annual fest that falls later than most, ending Oct-ober 19.  leavenworthoktoberfest.com


Published: October 2013

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