You need a jack-o'-lantern. You need something to do on a rainy fall weekend. And you definitely need a picture of someone wearing galoshes. Solution: Pumpkin patch time.
The only thing better than one pumpkin patch: three of them. Bob’s 40 acres of gourds, just off the Snohomish River, are split into thirds, only one of which is free to the public. (Also there are apple cannons, which are exactly what you’re imagining.) If the kids (or you, for that matter) don’t view scouting the perfect pumpkin as an all-day activity, opt for an admission ticket, which grants you access to attractions like hayrides and the more adult-friendly private bonfire section. It's also a good place to double up with a corn maze.
Finally, some variety: This Snohomish 20-acre pumpkin patch includes other kinds of squash. For those with a competitive nature, there's also mini golf and human foosball. This former dairy farm makes a point of setting up pumpkin-themed photo-ops at every turn, ideal for Instagrammed day trips.
In Kent Valley, Carpinito Brothers offers a view of Mount Rainier amid a sea of pumpkins. Aside from, yes, another corn maze, the rest of the activities here have a distinct zoological theme. Greet farm animals from piglets to cows, or wander over to the elevated Goat Walk, where livestock fly (not literally) above your head.
This Snohomish farm is more of a two-sided funhouse during October. During the day it’s a pumpkin-picker’s paradise, with over 30 activities available outside the patch; many of these are pumpkin-themed, like pumpkin tetherball, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, and oh yeah, a pumpkin cannon. On weekends, the feast takes center stage, including mini doughnuts and gourmet hot dogs. After dark, the section across the street becomes Stalker Farms (we see what they did there), essentially an open-air haunted house. Try the creepy Slasher Family Homestead and even scarier Clown Shot Paintball. Then the beer garden.
The largest farm on this list lies just east of Redmond and encompasses 350 acres of land, which includes a pumpkin patch open Wednesday through Sunday. But the farm goes far beyond fall activities—though it has a corn maze and hayride. A children-centric Fun Park is also open for part of the week, complete with a carousel, a flying pumpkin ride, and even pony rides.
Gear up for an action-heavy farm near Puyallup, featuring tug of war and tetherball, a zipline, and an escape room. And when the sun goes down, the Haunted Woods opens—the “fully immersive outdoor haunt” is so diabolical that Maris Farms recommends keeping any child under 10 far, far away.