The leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping, but now is the perfect time to celebrate the changing of the seasons as a family. Grab the mittens and find some outdoor fun at local pumpkin patches in Chehalis, Centralia and throughout Lewis County. Or pull on a sweater and get cozy with fun local activities. Autumn is here!
Willy Tee’s Pumpkin Patch
Willy Tee’s Pumpkin Patch is nestled on a picturesque, sixth-generation farm in Chehalis. The family fun is open Monday to Thursday from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. On Friday to Sunday, Willy Tee’s is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The wide variety of pumpkins and gourds are .35 cents per pound including traditional Jack O’ Lanterns, Cinderella pumpkins, pie and white pumpkins.
Kids will love feeding the farm animals and parents will enjoy all the wonderful photo opportunities. Find something handmade to decorate for the seasons in the craft booth. When he’s available get a custom caricature for the kids, free of charge. “It’s just something I’ve always enjoyed doing,” says Owner Bill Teitzel. Willy Tee’s is located at 415 Jackson Highway, Chehalis.
Find fall fun at Parkerosa Farms in west Chehalis. Open seven days a week through October from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday is U-pick only. Bring the kids on Saturdays and Sundays for tractor rides and games with the purchase of tickets. Enjoy the free petting zoo and complimentary refreshments.
U-pick pumpkins are sold by size at $4, $6, $8 and $10. Find other fall décor like straw bales, wheat bundles, ornamental pumpkins and gourds. Bring cash or checks only and find the perfect pumpkin to carve at this adorable farm. Parkerosa Farms is at 292 Chilvers Road, Chehalis.
Huntting’s Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Forest
Huntting’s Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Forest in Cinebar is a spooktacular haunted forest, pumpkin patch and corn maze that will keep the fun going all day. For family fun see if you can find all 12 checkpoints in the corn maze. The cost is $7 per person with kids under four free. For the truly brave check out the haunted forest for $13 per person. Do both and save at $18 per person.
Be sure to try the Goblin Egg Sling Shot. Grab pumpkins for .35 cents per pound and decorative gourds for .50 cents per pound. The pumpkin patch, corn maze and Goblin Egg Sling Shot are open 10:00 a.m. to dusk every day. After dusk don’t miss the haunted forest and flashlight corn maze on Friday and Saturday nights until 11:00 p.m. Huntting’s is found at 600 Cinebar Road, Cinebar.
The Pumpkin Patch
Centralia’s The Pumpkin Patch has everything you could need to decorate for fall. Pumpkins are .35 cents per pound. There are also corn stock bundles, miniature pumpkins, straw bales, gourds and squash for sale. Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., be sure to get perfect fall photos at the adorable displays, wooden cutouts and tractors.
After finding the perfect pumpkin, kids will enjoy hay and train rides, getting lost in the corn maze and jumping in the straw pit. Try something new and take a mule team-driven hayride. The Pumpkin Patch is located at 518 Goodrich Road, Centralia.
On October 12, join the Chehalis Timberland Library for Pumpkin Decorating. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. pick out a pumpkin and decorate it with paint, glitter, stickers, and other materials. Supplies are limited and pumpkins are reserved for children 17 years old and under.
Also on October 12 is October Craft Painting at 10:00 a.m. Lewis County Work Opportunities in Chehalis invites the community to create holiday décor perfect for Halloween. Select a project ranging from $15 to $25 and have fun painting and crafting. Call 360-748-9921 to reserve a spot.
On October 26 and 27, the Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum invites families to enjoy a 30-minute Pumpkin Train Ride through the Chehalis River Valley in the historic 1920’s coaches. Each passenger up to 12 years old receives a pumpkin and trick or treat bag. Rides are at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For families with kids with special needs, don’t miss the 4th annual Haunted Barn Party in Ethel. On October 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and October 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., this sensory-friendly party is planned with an awareness of the special needs community. Festivities include pumpkin decorating, face painting and photo sessions. Wheel-chair accessible, the spooky, not scary barn is at 258 Oyler Road, Ethel.
On Halloween October 31, bring friends, neighbors and family to Bethel Kids Fall Fest. Kids will love all the carnival games, inflatables, prizes, and of course candy! Family-friendly costumes are welcome. Bethel Church Chehalis is located at 132 Kirkland Road.
Join Twin Transit for a safe trick or treat event on October 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parents and their little goblins are invited to hop on one of three Halloween transit buses provided by Twin Transit that will circulate between the Lewis County Historical Museum, downtown Chehalis, Twin City Town Center (near Grocery Outlet), the Fairway Shopping Center, and Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in downtown Centralia. Each stop will give families the opportunity to walk around and collect candy until the next bus arrives to take you to the next destination.
Lewis County is full of fall fun at farms and events. Try something new or create a family tradition. Celebrate in the beauty of the changing season at fantastic local pumpkin patches and fall events.