It's a bizarre tradition—celebrate fall by getting lost in a field of crops. But corn mazes sit somewhere between the youthfulness of pumpkin patches and the horror of haunted houses. Pack your best farm boots and autumnal scarf, and let's wander.
Chances are you’ve heard of—or rather, seen a sign for—the corn maze at Bob’s in Snohomish. This family-owned and -operated farm in the Cathcart Valley has almost everything you could want from a fall festival: a pumpkin patch, roasted corn, gem mining, an apple canon, and hayrides around the farm. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance of your visit. The Night Maze is only offered on Friday and Saturday nights, but is worth it to sit around one of the 18 firepits located in the middle of the maze. Admission price on weekdays is $15, weekends is $20, and the Night Maze is $18.
Kent's Carpinito Brothers take corn mazes seriously. Each year they partner with a company that specializes in using a GPS-driven tractor to plant corn seeds in exact locations to create a unique maze design. This year’s theme, UW vs. WSU, features a Husky and Cougar face-off. The path is made almost entirely out of sharp turns and curves, meaning you may be here awhile. The maze is open daily from 9am–6pm. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children. Pets are not allowed.
Owned by Nikki and Allen Johanson, this family-run farm has been operating since 1905 in Silverdale, near Bremerton. The farm is fairly small compared to others in the area—around 10 acres—but champions growing and buying local produce. Adults can enter the maze for $7 and children for $5. It’s open every day from 10am–6pm, except Sundays when it opens at noon.
Positioned at the intersection of Highway 18 and Auburn-Black Diamond Road, this farm emphasizes all things family. Consider the extensive list of rules presented for maze-goers: no horseplay, no shortcuts, no leaving your offspring behind (though the Children of the Corn jokes are right there). The maze is open daily from 10am–5:30pm. Tickets for ages 3–12 are $10, 12+ are $12, and kids under 3 are free. No pets are allowed in the maze, but they are welcome on the farm.
A corn maze in daylight is fun, but a corn maze after dark truly captures the spirit of the spooky season. If you want the extra thrill, stop by this Snohomish farm on select nights for the Night Owl Maze that extends the closing time from 5pm to 10pm. The 15-acre Alice in Pumpkinland maze—and, let's be honest, the wall of pumpkins—make Craven Farm locally popular on Instagram. Admission is $8 per person.