Gone are the hot summer days, and in their place the cool harvest season arrives with a burst of color from changing foliage. It's harvest season, and as we go into the month of October the season brings about a whole new slate of activities for you and your family to enjoy.
From pumpkin patches to craft festivals, haunted houses to corn mazes, the autumn season brings much to do! Pick the perfect pumpkin at any one of a number of local patches. Enjoy a hay ride or find your way through a corn maze in the dark! Looking for something a bit more spooky? Visit the Lewis County Historical Season all during the month of October and top it off with a visit to a haunted house.
Here's a list of things for you and your family to do this early autumn. We'll keep adding to it as the season goes along! Find your activity below, and if you're on a phone or tablet, you can tap the address on any listing for a map that you can use to navigate from where you are.
PUMPKIN PATCHES, CORN MAZES, HAUNTED HOUSES AND MORE
• The Lewis County Historical Museum, well-known for its paranormal activity, is celebrating Spirited October all month long! Paranormal classes, tours and gallery readings are all a part of the fun! Plus, enjoy all the museum has to offer by learning about the history of Washington's oldest county. This event lasts all month, Oct. 1 to 30.
Location: 599 NW Front St., Chehalis / More Info: www.lewiscountymuseum.org
• The Huntting’s Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Forest is a local favorite. Spread out over several acres, this awesome autumn attraction includes more than just the pumpkin patch and haunted forest — there’s also a corn maze you have to navigate by flashlight, a goblin egg slingshot and more! This year’s season runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31.
Location: 600 Cinebar Road, Cinebar / More Info: (360) 388-6920 or facebook.com/thehunttings
• Osborn’s Country Harvest in Chehalis is doing their harvest activities for the month of October. Pick a pumpkin of your choice at their pumpkin patch, find your way through the corn maze, and browse the gift shop.
Location: 1021 State Route 6, Chehalis / More Info: www.osbornscountryharvest.com
• Parkerosa Farms, located west of Chehalis, offers tractor-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, games and much more at their farm from Sept. 27 to Oct. 31. The pumpkin patch is open each day, with hay rides taking place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Pick a pumpkin or a gourd to decorate!
Location: 292 Chilvers Road, Chehalis / More info: (360) 748-0833 or www.parkerosafarms.com
• WillyTee’s Pumpkin Patch opens throughout in October. This gigantic pumpkin patch is a perfect spot to pick your pumpkin for Halloween decorating, and to enjoy the ambience of fall. This pumpkin patch also includes crafts for the kids and much more! Check their Facebook page for more details!
Location: 3415 Jackson Highway, Chehalis / More Info: (360) 880-5411 or WillyTee's Pumpkin Patch on Facebook
- New to Lewis County this year is a pumpkin patch provided by Lewis County Farms in Ethel. They offer pumpkins, vegetables, bounce houses, photo opportunities, a hands-on table and more! They will open Sept. 30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Location: 107 Pinkerton Road, Ethel / More info: (360) 281-4514 or Lewis County Farms on Facebook
• Dead Ending Haunted House is open in the Fairway Center in south Centralia, scaring up some great entertainment as Halloween approaches! This haunted house is fun for all ages to enjoy. Check out their Facebook page for exact dates and times they are open.
Location: 1720 South Gold Street, Centralia / More info: (360) 480-4935 or Dead Ending Haunted House on Facebook
• The Pumpkin Patch in Centralia is an annual tradition for many! From giant pumpkins to small pumpkins, gourds and more, these folks have it all. Get in touch with them for hours and availability.
Location: 518 Goodrich Road, Centralia / More info: (360) 736-8603 or The Pumpkin Patch on Facebook
• Story Book Farms in Toledo is a great option for a local pumpkin patch! The farm has a bounce house for kids and also hay rides.
Location: 5058 Jackson Highway, Toledo / More info: (360) 864-4388
MOVIES, MUSIC & MORE
• Join the Historic Centralia Fox Theatre in celebrating Halloween with double feature of Frankenstein and Dracula at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 29. To buy tickets or get more information, visit the Centralia Fox Theatre’s website at www.centraliafoxtheatre.com.
Location: 123 S. Tower Ave., Centralia / More info: www.centraliafoxtheatre.com
• The Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train will run its annual Pumpkin Train for two days, three times per day Oct. 29 and 30. Experience the beauty of autumn in west Lewis County, grab a pumpkin to take home and enjoy the glorious fall weather.
Location: 1101 SW Sylvenus St., Chehalis / More info: www.steamtrainride.com