It’s fall; the leaves are changing, the weather is brisker, and most importantly, Halloween is coming up! However, you’re in the middle of Seattle, you’re probably new to the area, and you have no idea how you’re going to get to a pumpkin patch when they all seem to be way too far and not in your budget.
Here’s a list of affordable pumpkin patches at least an hour away WITH bus routes, just so you don’t stress out about that on your own if you can’t get a ride or an Uber!
This family-owned farm is full of many things to do and is open daily through Halloween! There’s a corn maze with 12 checkpoints that allow you to win fun prizes, hayrides on a large tractor, a produce stand with fresh fruits & vegetables, and concessions with a lot of food to choose from! Keep in mind that the corn maze is open from 9 AM to 6 PM with a cost of $10 while the pumpkin patch is open from 9 AM until dusk and that no pets are allowed.
Address: 27508 W Valley Hwy N, Kent, WA 98032
Driving directions: Get onto I-5 S and drive for about 22 miles until you reach exit 147 onto 272nd St., which you’re going to turn left onto. Keep going straight until you see the farm on your left.
Bus route: Hop on the light rail by Husky Stadium and get off at International District Station, then at Bay C, wait for the 150 Kent Southcenter bus and get off at W James St. and 1st Ave. N. You’re going to have to walk the rest of the way by following W James St. then turning left on Central Ave. N and going straight until you see the farm on your right.
If you’re looking to make a whole day out of going to a pumpkin patch, Mosby Farms is the right one for you. It’s a 2 hour commute for those planning on busing, but it’s definitely worth it. Though hayrides are only available only on the weekends, the farm is open daily until Oct. 30 from 10 AM until dusk with a large pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin from, local produce to buy, and for only $0.35 a pound, you can carve your pumpkin there. Pets are allowed here as long as they’re leashed!
Admission: FREE! *Corn maze: $9 per adult, though there’s a coupon for $2 off admission for a max. of 4 people!
Address: 3104 Auburn Black Diamond Road, Auburn
Driving directions: Drive down I-5 S for 27 miles until you reach exit 142A for WA-18 E towards Auburn, North Bend. Take the exit onto Auburn-Black Diamond Rd. then turn right onto SE Auburn black Diamond Rd. towards Black Diamond. You’re going to want to take a slight right turn onto SE Green Valley Rd. and follow it until you see the farm on your left.
Bus route: Ride the Husky Stadium light rail until Pioneer Sq. Station, then you’re going to want to head to the corner of James St. and 2nd Ave. to hop on the 577 Federal Way TC bus, getting off at Federal Way TC. Wait at Bay 8 for the 181 Green River Coll. Auburn bus then get off at 2nd St. SE and B St. SE. Lastly, wait there until the 915 Enumclaw bus arrives then hop off at Auburn Way S and 32nd St. SE. From there, you’ll have to walk!
At Carleton Farms, there are so many activities to do, you’ll probably need more than one day. They call their pumpkin patch and corn maze ‘Pumpkinland’, which is open 10 AM – 6 PM daily until October 31. They have a farmer’s market open 10 AM – 7 PM daily and ‘additional fall fun’, which includes activities for younger kids, a pumpkin cannon (pictured above), bucket train, zip lines, and wagon rides 10 AM – 6 PM on the weekends only. The highlight of this farm is their Fright Maze. There’s the Zombie Paintball Frenzy where you ride a wagon shooting ‘zombies’ with paintball guns then navigating your way through a cornfield in the dark, avoiding the undead. There’s also other scary attractions such as the Haunted Swamp, Zombie Farm, and Dark Maze.
Admission: admission is free, though attractions’ prices vary. Check their website for more details!
Address: 630 Sunnyside Blvd SE – Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Driving Directions: Exit onto I-5 N and drive for 24 miles until you reach exit 194 towards Highway 2 E towards Snohomish. Keep left onto WA-204 E towards Lake Stevens then turn left onto Sunnyside Blvd. SE. The farm should be on your left.
Bus route: If you’re coming from on campus, you might want to take the 44 Ballard Washington bus to get to the I-5 & NE 45th St. Freeway station, though it’s fairly easy to walk there. Once at the I-5 station, wait for the 512 Everett bus. You’ll get off at Everett station and head to Bay B2 to board the 280 Lake Stevens/Granite Falls and get off at 20th St. SE & 79th Ave. SE. The rest of the way is a walk, just head left on 79th St., left on 10th St., head onwards onto 9th St. SE, then go right on Sunnyside Blvd. SE with the farm on your left.
FAIRBANK ANIMAL FARM.
Unlike the farms on this list, this one is the easiest to get to as it’s in Edmonds. However, it’s only open from 10 AM to 5 PM on the weekends. There’s a small pumpkin patch AND farm animals to see and feed! Once you enter, you’re given a free cup of food for the chickens and ducks to feed, so there’s no need to worry about paying for that. It’s a fairly modest farm, so it’s nice for those who don’t want too much out of their pumpkin patch experience (and wallet) other than pumpkins.
Admission: $3/person (bring cash, cards are not accepted!), pumpkins are $1 and up, gourds are $0.50 and up.
Address: 15308 52nd Ave W, Edmonds, WA, 98026
Driving directions: Head onto I-5 N and in 13 miles, take exit 182 for WA-525 N towards WA-99, Mukilteo (keep left). Then, in about 3 miles, take the exit towards WA-99 S towards Lynnwood. Turn right onto 148th St. SW, turn left onto 52nd Ave. W, and the farm should be on your right.
Bus route: Once again, if you’re coming straight from campus, take the 44 Ballard Wallingford bus to get to the I-5/NE 45thth Fwy Station (or you can walk there, your choice!). Board the 512 Everett bus and get off at Lynnwood Transit Center to wait for the 113 Mukilteo bus at Bay B3. From there, you’ll get off at 52nd Ave. W & Beverly Park Rd. and turn right, heading down 52nd Ave. W until you see the farm. If you don’t want to walk that short distance, just wait at 52nd Ave. W & 148th St. SW for the 119 Mountlake Terrace bus and get off at 52nd Ave. W & 152nd St. SW. The farm should be on your right!
These were the easiest farms to commute to! If you’re not constricted to busing and want to find more farms to drive to, here are a couple resourceful lists: