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Still Open: Seattle-area pumpkin patches & their COVID-19 safety guidelines

Fall and the traditions that come with it will, like everything else this year, look a lot different. From the closure of movie theaters for scary movie showings to state officials guidance on Halloween, this year is just WEIRD. Like many, one of my favorite things to do in the fall is go to a pumpkin patch - and I was curious to know whether any would still be open this year. And if so, what safety procedures would be in place so my family could be safe but still have a fun outing.

Turns out, many of the areas pumpkin patches are doing what they can to open in some capacity. Read on for a list of the patches currently open, and their rules/guidelines for visiting during a pandemic.

North of Seattle

The Farm at Swan's Trail
7301 Rivershore Road Snohomish, WA 98290

Find acres of pumpkins, a Washington state shaped corn maze, and a plethora of fall-themed activities at this picturesque farm located on the shore of the Snohomish River just 45 minutes from Seattle. Enjoy every type of farm activity from wagon rides to a petting farm, live duck races, pumpkin patch, U-pick apple orchard and Farmer Ben's Famous Four Little Pigs Show. Make sure to partake in the delicious cider donuts, freshly made kettle corn and be certain to buy a gallon of freshly made apple cider to enjoy at home this season.

  • Call: 425-334-4124
  • Online: www.swanstrailfarms.com
  • Dates: Sept. 28 through Oct. 31
  • Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (foodservice open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) / Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (foodservice closes at 5 p.m.)
  • Cost: Parking is free. Admission is $10 weekday and $15 weekend (for anyone 3 years and older)
  • Activities include: Wagon rides, Kid's Corn Maze, 50 ft. Triple Indoor slides, Cow Train, Pedal Karts, Rubber duck race, Four Little Pigs show (starts Sept. 26), duck race (starts Sept. 26) and petting farm, etc.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: All CDC guidelines will be enforced. You are required to wear a mask when visiting Swans Trail Farms. Please practice social distancing and respect others. They will supply sanitation throughout the farm, along with handwashing stations.

The activity area is a timed ticket on the weekends due to COVID-19. They are required to limit the number of guests in high traffic areas. The pumpkin patch, U-pick apples and food areas are all open to the public during operating hours without tickets. They encourage guests to buy activity admission tickets online before arrival. There are no refunds on tickets purchased online. Walk-ups will be allowed on weekends if capacity has not been reached. There will not be timed tickets for weekdays.

Jumping pillows, corn box and hay maze are closed this year due to COVID.

Gordon Skagit Farms
15598 McLean Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Step into fall at Skagit Gordon Farms. If you have never visited this farm before, you are in for a real treat. Aside from the usual apple picking and a pumpkin patch, there are creative displays, a haunted barn and hot cider and treats to taste on the weekends. Skagit Gordon Farms does not just sell pumpkins and gourds, but they are experts on telling you what you can eat and how you can cook it once you are home. Copy their favorite recipes down from their handwritten blackboards, find the perfect backdrop for photos and take home varieties of pumpkins and gourds you have never even seen before. Fall's abundance overflows in the form of handmade wreaths, paintings and florals which are scattered around the property. What this farm lacks in size, they more than make up for in creativity and innovation.

  • Call: 360-424-7262
  • Online: www.gordonskagitfarms.com
  • Dates: Oct 3-31
  • Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Parking and admission are free. U-pick apples and pumpkins are priced per pound.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: Please wear a face mask and keep your social distance. Please do not visit the farm when you are sick.

Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish, WA 98296

This farm offers over 60 varieties of pumpkins on their 40-acre three field pumpkin patches, two of which are accessed by a free hayride. After picking your perfect pumpkin, from giant 50 pounders to wee mini pumpkins and unique pumpkins covered in what looks like Witch's warts, take part in all the fall festivities. The ever-popular corn maze winds through 12 acres of tall corn. Make sure also to check out the cow train, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, Pig Show, Duck Race and Petting Farm.

  • Call: 360-668-2506
  • Online: www.bobscorn.com
  • Dates: Sept. 26 through Nov. 1
  • Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Weekdays $15, Weekends $20. No admission fee to enter the one 12 acre pumpkin patch outside of the admission area. If you plan to pay admission and enjoy activities, there are two additional patches located inside their admission area.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: Masks will be required to enter the farm unless you can safely maintain a social distance of more than 6 feet from others not in your party. They have implemented online ticket sales for your convenience to help avoid lines and contact.

The following attractions are not able to be open this year due to COVID: Corn Crib and Trike Track.

South of Seattle

Carpinito Brothers
1148 Central Ave N. Kent, WA 98032

For a unique selection of pumpkins ranging from decorative mini pumpkins to one of a kind squash to jumbo pumpkins and everything in between. Check out and get lost in their expertly designed corn maze in the beautiful Kent Valley. Each year they offer a new and innovative maze. Aside from pumpkins and activities, there is a wide selection of produce available at their farm stand, everything from fresh stalks of Brussels sprouts and ears of corn to butternut and acorn squash. Bring the festive spirit home by picking up a couple of their gorgeous Fall mum and a large bag of their homemade kettle corn.

  • Call: 253-854-5692
  • Online: www.carpinito.com/pumpkin-patch-and-corn-maze
  • Dates: Sept. 25 through Oct. 31
  • Hours: Daily: 9 a.m. to dusk
  • Cost: Parking is free. Just across the street from the Pumpkin Patch, the Farm Fun Yard is filled with activities for all ages, including farm animals, a hay maze, a rubber duck race, a goat walk and more. Corn Pit and Hay Slides are unavailable this year due to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: All CDC guidelines will be enforced. You are required to wear a mask upon entry to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and Family Fun Yard this year at Carpinito Brothers. Please practice social distancing and respect others.

Spooner Farms
9710 State Route 162 E. Puyallup, WA 98374

Spooner Farms family is a sixth-generation farm fortunate to have been farming in the Puyallup Valley since 1882. This year they are harvesting over 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash and corn. During October, most of the farm is open for enjoyment so you can celebrate fall the way you should- with fun for the whole family. The farm's Harvest Festival hosts a corn maze, pumpkin slingshots, pedal karts, pony rides, face painting, duck races and a kid's barn. The Jr. corn maze, candy story and concessions makes this a farm not to be missed.

Eastside

Fox Hollow Farm
12123 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027

Find the perfect pumpkin and explore the Farm Village during the Fox Hollow Farm's Fall Festival. The farm offers reserved sessions for the Fall Festival, which sell out fast at this popular location.

  • Call: 425-996-0575
  • Online: www.foxhollowfamilyfarm.com
  • Dates: Sept. 18 through Oct. 30
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $45/per car, which includes up to 6 people and includes the Adventure Trail and all activities. This does not include any food, drink or pumpkins.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: Tickets will be limited to only 40 families on the Adventure Trail per hour! Guests are welcome to stay longer in the pumpkin patch, bring a picnic, or enjoy our home-cooked bbq and desserts in the open-air food court.

Fox Hollow Farm is following the state guidelines in response to COVID so please make sure that everyone in your group over the age of 5 is wearing a mask in common areas, that you keep a safe distance of 6-10 feet away from others, and finally, please remain home if you are showing symptoms or feeling ill. Guests will enjoy a well-planned, one-directional walking trail around the farm, highlighting the best of Fall fun and will have plenty of space to spread out over our entire 22 acres, as we have updated all of the seating areas and picnic tables to accommodate social distancing. Extra hand sanitizing stations will be posted around the farm, and areas will be continuously disinfected by our staff.

Remlinger Farms
32610 N.E. 32nd St. Carnation, WA 98014

Among all the extravagant fall decorations and acres of scarecrows, there are over 25 rides and attractions including an amine-twister roller coaster, hand-led pony trail rides (By advanced reservation ONLY for a $3.00 fee), antique car rides, farm animals, mini Ferris wheel, pedal go-carts, flying pumpkins, spinning barrels, canoe rides, and their new Giant slide. How does the thought of purchasing your pumpkin right in the field sound this year? Well, this year, that is exactly what you can do at Remlinger Farms. And if you plan to visit their Family Fun Park for the day, each paid admission to the Fun Park will receive one free pumpkin this year.

  • Call: 425-333-4135
  • Online: www.remlingerfarms.com
  • Dates: Weekends only through Oct. 29
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cost: $22.75 (under 2 years Free); free to enter the U-pick pumpkin patch.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: Per current health regulations, face coverings are required for entry (ages 5+) and for the duration of your visit.

Due to current health regulations, the maximum number of tickets purchased by one person is 5.


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