Fall fun easily found around the Plateau | Fall Harvest

As October enters its final stages, there’s certainly no shortage of season fun on the Plateau. Whether it’s a family day of picking pumpkins or a night of fright, attractions await.

Maris farms.

As October enters its final stages, there’s certainly no shortage of season fun on the Plateau. Whether it’s a family day of picking pumpkins or a night of fright, attractions await.

Here’s a look at some of the regional favorites.

Trick-or-Treating

As usual, Enumclaw’s downtown merchants will be passing out candy to kids who scramble up and down Cole Street.

The annual event is sponsored by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce.

In Buckley, trick-or-treating will take place on Main Street from 3 to 6 p.m.

Merchants will be passing out candy to youngsters.

The Buckley event is sponsored by Georgio’s Italian Kitchen and the Buckley Chamber of Commerce.

Maris Farms

What started as a humble and quaint pumpkin patch has sprouted into a full-fledged “agritainment” destination for thousands of families. Guests of all ages arrive to navigate their way through the corn maze, search for a perfect pumpkin or brave the Haunted Woods.

Maris Farms, sitting on the Sumner-Buckley High between Buckley and Bonney Lake, offers scenic hayrides, an animal barn full of goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and pigs; a courtyard with fun activities for youngsters; a huge jumping pillow; zip line; mechanical bull riding; large tube slides; and the newest activity, bubble soccer.

But that’s just during the day. At night, the scares begin in the Haunted Woods, where a 35-minute walk takes guests through a series of frightening scenarios, inhabited by live characters.

For more about the family-owned operation, including hours of operation and pricing, visit www.marisfarms.com.

Dave’s Farm Fresh Produce

Visitors to this fall attraction just west of Bonney Lake on state Route 410 will find a playland for children, quad rides, train rides, hay rides and a sling shot where guests can win a pumpkin.

There’s also a haunted house and, or course, a pumpkin patch.

Check out www.farmfreshproduce.org for details.

Fright Factory

The Fright Factory is alive and waiting to unleash it’s horror in a secluded area of Buckley.

Set designers and actors have again done their best to offer a realistic and horrifying show.

Organizers have moved the popular, annual attraction to a larger location at 2000 Collins Rd., just west of downtown Buckley. It’s a larger facility with accessible and additional parking, more attractions and upscale features.

This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit Buckley community activities.

Visitors should be aware that it’s a cash-only transaction – credit cards and debit cards are not accepted. Those looking to save some money can take a canned food donation for the local food bank and get a dollar off their admission.

All the details can be found at www.frightfactory.net.

Thomasson Family Farm

Being dairy farmers by trade, the Thomasson family has transformed a portion of their property to bring fall fun – and a bit of farm life – to their guests.

The farm’s Kids Korral offers activities like a bubble table, duck races, a corn maze, the hand milking cow, cattle roping, tractors and tires to climb on, and a chalkboard house. The corn box is always the biggest hit, where kids remove their shoes and climb into a box filled with nine tons of corn.

A traditional feature is the corn maze, which again shares billing with Darigold. Those entering the maze will find questionnaires that help guide them through.

As expected, it’s also a destination for those looking to pick a pumpkin.

All the details are available at www.thomassonfarm.com.

 

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