Local pumpkin patches loaded with Halloween fun are happening right now throughout the area.
Though not an exhaustive and complete list, the four featured here by the Nisqually Valley News offer overlapping activities from the unique to the traditional.
Most had pony rides, various train and hayrides, face painting, petting zoos and pumpkin painting.
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm is orange with pumpkins. Unique to Lattin’s is a collection of bikes available for little kids to ride. Children can also jump in several bounce houses. A wooden fence maze begins and ends in a play area, complete with Old West storefronts filled with tanks of reptiles, amphibians and insects. Something none of the other places had were human-sized hamster balls to roll around in.
Lattin’s is located at 9402 Rich Road, Olympia. The phone number is 360-491-7328. They have a Facebook page at facebook.com/LattinsCider.
Rutledge Corn Maze
Rutledge Corn Maze, LLC, has activities not for just little kids but for every age group. Not only are they open during the day, they also have nighttime fun such as the Haunted Corn Maze and a Zombie Paintball adventure. Some unique offerings they have are KAYO 96.9 playing great spooky and fun Halloween music. They have a zipline swing and a Punching Pumpkins timed race. They have several commercial booths, such as Costco, handing out goodies, and a booth selling all kinds of costumes.
The Corn Maze this year honors the American Heart Association, and you can choose one of two different mazes. You can also reserve one of four fire pits for a private party.
Rutledge Corn Maze, LLC, is located at 302 93rd Ave. SE, Olympia. The phone number is 360-357-3700. The website is https://rutledgecornmaze.com/
Hunter Family Farm
Hunter Family Farm, LLC, had the best animal displays, including an amazing goat treehouse. You enter their corn maze by climbing a bridge and then climbing down into the maze. There’s a junior corn maze as well. A unique straw bale maze for kids is in a barn on the property. Parents can watch their kids from a catwalk and help direct them. Not only did kids walk the maze, they had to crawl through hay bale tunnels. The Ye Old Chute is a big slide above the hay maze that pops the kids outside. The ATV and small quads adventure was also unique. At the Great Pumpkin Sling Shot, you try to sling your pumpkin into giant sacks, maybe winning 20 tickets.
Hunter Family Farm is located at 7401 Yelm Highway SE, Olympia. Their phone number is 360-456-0466. Their website is http://pumpkinpatch.hunterfamilyfarm.com/pumpkin-patch-home/
Schilter Family Farm
Schilter Family Farm is breathtaking as you drive in. The farm is wild with not just sunflowers but other colored flowers. Their petting zoo was especially fun because you could play with piglets that acted happy to see you. Other animals, such as kittens, baby goats and sheep, were fun to pet. They have a giant sandbox table for kids to play with. Unique was the Pumpkin Cannon where you could shoot at targets with, yes, pumpkins. The cannons use compressed air and make satisfactory booms! Very different was that their corn maze was still green and growing.
Schilter Family Farm is located at 141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE, Olympia. Their phone number is 360-459-4023. Their website is https://schilterfamilyfarm.com/
Events coming include Crossroads Community Covenant Church’s hosting of a pumpkin patch harvest at a farm this Saturday. They will also be sponsoring a Pumpkin Patch from Oct. 12 through Oct. 31. Call them for more information at 360-400-7877.
On Halloween, Yelm Prairie Christian Center will be hosting a Family Fun Night from 6 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. Everything is free, including dinner, games, raffles (last year Walmart donated bikes), a bounce house, face painting, a cake walk and oodles of candy. Susie Carlson, pastor Brad Carlson’s wife, said, “Last year we had about 500 people come. One of our goals is to send every child home with a bucket of candy.”
Yelm Prairie Christian Center is located at 501 NE 103 Ave., Yelm. Their phone number is 360-458-7564. Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Yelm-Prairie-Christian-Center-125575004317292/