While some of us can't resist the heaps of orange and white gourds at the nearby (read: easily accessible) grocery stores (I piled my cart high weeks ago with knobby and gnarled squashes, fat green pumpkins and oversized orange ones destined for my sub-par carving skills), there are plenty of people who love a good trek out to the pumpkin patch. And why not? It sounds like a whale of a good time, especially for pint-size pumpkin fans--many patches have corn mazes, petting zoos, inflatables, hayrides, hot kid-friendly beverages and beyond.
The team over at Red Tricycle Seattle has put together a great list of the best pumpkin patches within an hour's drive from the city. In their roundup: Dr. Maze's Farm in Redmond, Remlinger Farms in Carnation, Auburn's Mosby Farms and Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish.
A few of our editors are fans of the family-friendly Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw, featuring pumpkin carving, a 216,000-square-foot corn maze, a barn full of corn kernels to jump in, climbable tires and tractors, and more autumn fun galore. It's open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through October 31. Happy pumpkin picking!