Whether you’re looking for good, old-fashioned farm-fresh fun or true Halloween frights, October is packed with great events throughout the Yakima Valley! From Halloween treats and pumpkin patches to the best of fall harvest flavors, find your favorite fall adventures.
Harvest Fun & Flavors
There’s still time to make the most of fall harvests in the Yakima Valley. Fall hardy crops are abundant and Yakima apple harvests are still underway. You can still pick apples from the trees, press your own apple cider and enjoy fresh, apple cider and pumpkin doughnuts right at the farm! Of course, there’s no better place to seek the perfect pumpkin festival under sunny skies!
Bills Berry Farm annual Pumpkin Festival The Bills Berry Farm family wants to share the farm life fun at the largest fall farm festival in the Yakima Valley. Take a Hayride Shuttle from the Berry Park Farm Store to the Fall Park for squeeze-your-own-cider. Visit the pumpkin patch, wander a 6-acre barnyard mystery corn maze and play in the giant farmland playground and little farmers play areas. The kids will love roasting marshmallows, the animal farm petting zoo, the barnyard train ride and the farm wide apple scavenger hunt. There is a free Big Top Clown show on Saturdays at 1 pm. A few activities are available for an additional cost, such as the Apple Slingshots, u-pick apples, pumpkins and squeeze-your-own apple cider.
Make it a day on the farm and have lunch at the Berry Park BBQ, offering hamburgers, BBQ chicken burgers, hotdogs, chili, wedge fries, chips, soft drinks, lemonade, hot cider, hot cocoa, fresh made caramel apples and cookies, hard ice cream cones or fresh baked pies a la mode or fresh baked cookies.
Take home memories of your family’s farm experiences with beautiful fall farm and orchard scenes and photo opportunities at the photo boards. This month-long festival runs Wednesdays to Saturdays Sept 28 through Oct. 26. Wednesday & Thursday 10 am to 6 pm there is no admission fee and all activities are pay-as-you-go. On Friday & Saturday the hours are 10 am to 6 pm and farm admission fees apply.
October Days Fall Harvest Festival at Washington Fruit Place & Gift Shop Plan a day at the Big Red Barn for fun for every member of the family. Get ready for tractor hay rides, antique cider press demonstrations (take home a quart or more), a pumpkin patch, toddler hay maze, scarecrow photo ops, games and more. Visit the gift shop in the barn for a selection of unique country related gifts, Winegar’s ice cream, hot spiced cider and sample apples for holiday apple pies! Visit every weekend in October from 11 am to 3 pm. Pumpkin patch and hay maze are open Monday through Friday during business hours.
Thompson’s Farm Pumpkin Patch Watch the giant pumpkin cannon fire off pumpkins atevery hour followed by the pig races. Take a hay ride through the orchard or search the pumpkin patch looking for the biggest pumpkins. The kids will love “panning” for gems and playing with vintage water pumps in the play area. Get lost in the corn maze. Enjoy yummy, freshly made pumpkin doughnuts, beverages and popcorn. Bring your box to pick your own apples at 80¢/lb! Find an amazing array of pumpkins, ornamental squash, gourds and corn stalks are available. Parking and admission are free. There are some small fees for some activities. The festival is open weekends in October from 9 am to 5 pm. Be sure to stop by the Thompson Farm Market in Naches, a true country store with canned goods, wine, old time candies and country gift items, in addition to boxes of fresh apples.
Jones Farm Straw Maze is open and is free! Bring the kids to play while you stock up on all your fall favorite fruit and produce! Jonagold, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Fuji and Gala apples available at the farm fruit stand. Find dried beans of all kinds, as well as lentils, pumpkins, gourds, squash and corn stalks. Take a walk thru the orchards to visit the duck pond. Open 7 days a week 8 am to 5:30 pm at their Granger location.
Union Gap Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch You don’t want to miss this family-friendly favorite that attracts people from throughout central Washington. It starts with the amazing corn maze and the fun continues with hay rides, apple cannons, perfect pumpkins, tasty treats and more. Children love the hay maze, hay pyramid and slide and s’mores roasted in the fire pits. Capture memories with all the photo ops and cutouts and take home carving and specialty pumpkins, gourds, squash, straw bales and corn stalks. Watch a scary movie or two on Friday nights when the maze turns scary with Friday Night Frights! Open until October 30 from 4 pm to 11 pm Thursday and Friday and 11 am to 11pm Saturday and Sunday, with the Haunted Maze starting at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Movies are included with general admission.
Fun Halloween Frights
Plan your costume, gather your friends and get ready to have Halloween fun! From true Halloween frights to all-ages spooky fun, find your Halloween entertainment.
Spooky Sights and Sounds Kids Nature Night Parents bring the kids to the Yakima Area Arboretum and enjoy a night out on the town. Kids make new friends and learn about the natural world around them through science-based activities, arts and crafts, movies and more. For ages 5 through 12, this event includes pizza, snacks and lemonade. They’ll explore the eye shine of animals and some of the spooky sounds that can be heard in the night with fun games, arts and crafts, and learning. Whether by a broom or by any other vehicle we hope to see your child here! Parents need not attend, on Friday, October 25, from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Mad Hatters Haunt Yakima’s premier indoor haunted house offers something for the whole family. While not a gore house, this haunt is for those seeking a true fright. Beginning October 11, Madd Hatters Haunt delivers the perfect scare. The Haunted Trail is back for year two and this year’s theme is a biohazard game! Have a screaming good time! Mad Hatters Haunt is sponsored by Escape the Madness
- Kids Day at Madd Hatters Haunt For less of a fright, kids can visit on October 27 from 2 to 4:30pm. This is a “lights on,” behind-the-scenes tour that includes a scavenger hunt, face painting and petting zoo. Kids will receive a free ticket for the scary haunted house at night. Cost is $5 with a can of food. Adults are free.
Halloween Trolley Come in costume for a spooky ride on the last authentic, all-original, turn-of-the-century interurban electric railroad in the United States. This is an annual, all-ages Halloween event! Trolleys will make runs on Pine Street Line, lasting approximately 30 minutes round trip, on October 26 and 27 from 10 to 3 pm.
Northern Pacific Railway Museum. Jump aboard the caboose for the Annual Pumpkin Run on October 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. Enjoy the beginning of fall with a caboose ride and free pumpkin. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for 12 and under. Take time to tour the Railway Museum while you are there.
Halloween Egg Hunt Get your kids dressed up, grab a flashlight and head out for a spooky, fun-filled Halloween Egg Hunt for spooktacular fun in a safe environment. There will be bouncy houses, games and treats! Call and register your child early, as space is limited! Preregistration is required. Space is limited. The event takes place at the Yakima Field House (1015 E. Lincoln Ave, Suite 105) on Sunday, October 27. Doors open at 5pm. Toddlers, up to 3 years oldare $5. Kids ages 4to 10 are $8
Yakima Haunt Night This is a perfect, safe Halloween fright for 6th to 9th graders. Begin the evening with pizza at the Yakima Public Works building before heading out in search of a GREAT SCARE, starting at Madd Hatters Haunt and ending the night at the Union Gap Corn Maze. Space is limited so register early! For more ghoulish details, call 509-575-6020. Cost is $18 or $15 for Yakima residents Friday, October 18, drop off the children at Public Works at 5:30 pm and pick up at the Corn Maze 9:00 pm.
Halloween Fun for Grownups Too!
3rd Annual Brontoberfest at BronYrAur Brewing Bring the whole family for fun in Naches! There will be contests, Wiener dog races, yard games, a German Hammerschlagen, a crowler hoist, Huck and Bean Ice Cream, cotton candy and caramel apples from Rose & Crow Trailer Bars and more! There is an expansive lawn for all the fun, great beer and their signature pizza on beer-infused crust! Don’t forget the beer infused brownies! Don’t miss the fun on October 12!
Tieton Cider Works Movie Series Visitfor a scary good time during the free movie night series every Friday evening at 6:30pm until February 7, 2020. Get your friends together to watch these Halloween themed movies: October 11 – Halloween 2018, October 18 – IT, October 25 – 28 Days Later. Everyone attending receives $1 glasses of Tieton Cider. This is a 21+ only event.
HalloWine on October 26, dress in your favorite costume and go wine tasting. The wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail AVA decorate their tasting rooms and staff dress to celebrate Halloween at the Annual HalloWine event. Some end of season wine specials can be found along the way. You will not be the only ones in costume. The Back Country Horsemen of Washington gather in Zillah and dress themselves and their horses in costume as they travel the roads to the wineries of the Rattlesnake Hills. This will be their 18th Annual Winery Ride and is sight to see with the horses and riders all decked out.
Guided Horrifying History Walking Tour! This tour discusses true life, historical horrifying events that occurred a century ago in Downtown Yakima including riots, murder and more. Tour will begin in front of the historic Yakima Train Depot on North Front Street. October 26th at 1 pm, Contains adult content and may not be suitable for youth.
The Great Pumpkin Painting Party at Martinez & Martinez Winery Head to the winery on Saturday, October 26, at 1 pm for The Great Pumpkin by Brush On. All supplies are provided for this 12×16 Painting. Tickets are $40 per person. All ticket sales are final and proceeds go to the Prosser high school senior class party.
7th Annual Rocky Horror Night at the Orion Theatre. Dress your part on October 24.This is a 21 and over establishment offering beverage and food service to your seat while you watch the movie.
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