Halloween frights and delights are waiting

The air is brisk, leaves are strewn about and it's time to sample fall activities in South Sound. With this lineup, you can choose a spot to pick out a pumpkin, take a hayride or test your nerves at haunted houses:

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes

Hunter Farms, 1921 Highway 106 E., Shelton. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in October. Free corn maze and wagon rides. Hot dogs and other goodies are available on weekends. 360-426-2222.

Hunter's Pumpkin Patch, 7401 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Oct. 6-28. Wagon rides, hay maze with a slide, giant corn maze, kids' corn maze, pony rides, train rides and a carousel. 360-456-0466.

Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm, 9402 Rich Road S.E., Olympia. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in October. Horse-drawn wagon rides to and from the pumpkin patch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Families can enjoy Lattin's famous apple fritters, award-winning cider, feeding the animals and a haunted barn. 360-491-7328.

Pigman's Pumpkin Patch, 10633 Steilacoom Road S.E., Olympia. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in October. Organic veggies are available. 360-491-FARM.

Rutledge Farm's Corn Maze and pumpkin patch, 302 93rd Ave. S.E., Olympia. The pumpkin patch is open 10 a.m. to dusk daily in October. Enjoy horse-drawn hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch on weekends. Maze hours are noon to dusk Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to dusk Sundays. $8 general (excludes haunted maze). Tickets sold up to an hour before closing. 360-357-3700 or

Schilter Family Farm, 141 Nisqually Cut- off Road, Olympia. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in October. Enjoy hayrides around the pumpkin patch, a petting farm, corn maze and browsing for fall decorations and gifts. Try the pumpkin cannon, pedal tractors and bounce house. 360-459-4023 or

Haunted places

The Haunted Fairgrounds, 6 p.m. to mid night tonight and Saturday, Oct. 26-27 and 6 to

10 p.m. Oct. 25, 28-31, Thurston County Fair grounds, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. Admission is $10 for one haunted house; $15 for both. Additional events include SideShow Bernie's Carnival of Wonders and Midnight Movies on Fridays and Saturdays featuring "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" every Friday. 360-786-5453.

Haunted Maze, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Oct. 31, Rutledge Farm, 302 93rd Ave. S.E., Olympia. $12 general. Tickets are sold up to an hour before closing. 360-357-3700 or

Lattin's Haunted Barn & Ghostly Woods, open 7 to 10 p.m. Fri days and Saturdays, Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm, 9402 Rich Road S.E., Olympia. $5. Open to younger children from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for $3.50. 360-491-7328.

Haunted Hike, hike reser vations and activities start at 3 p.m.; last hike leaves at 5:30 p.m. Saturd ay, Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive, Olympia. More than 50 community members, including 20 theater students from Timberline High School, will help tell the haunting tale of "To The Bottom of the Sound." Free. For rain updates, call 360-570-5841.

Halloween House, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and Oct. 31, and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28-30, 520 North St. S.E., T umwater. Free admission. Donations of nonperishable food items for Thurston County Food Bank are appreciated. Five cans of food enter you into a raffle to win one of 10 props/scenes from the yard. To see photos, go to

Weekend Haunted House, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26-27, South Union Grange, off of off Tilly Road and 100th S.E., Olympia. $4 per person or three nonperishable food items.

Centralia Haunted House, no-fright night for young children and those who don't like to b e scared from 4-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26; regular haunted house is from 2-9:30 p. m. Oct. 27, 4-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and 31 and 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Borst Park Kitchen No. 2, off Harrison Street in Centralia. Free; donations accepted for the "Shop with a Cop" program. 360-736-1405.

Jekyll & Hyde's Haunted Yard, from dusk to 10 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31, 2325 Friendly Grove Road, Olympia. Featuring live performers Halloween night. Free; accepting donations for Thurston County Food Bank. 360-352-2088.

KUBE 93 Haunted House, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday s and Saturdays and Oct. 29-31, Bob Lanphere's Renton Motorcycles parking lot, 3701 East Valley Road, Renton. $13 Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween; $12 Thursdays and Sundays; $11 with the donation of three nonperishable food items. Auburn and Marysville locations have been added this year. Go to for more information.

Haunted Barn, 6 to 9 p.m. F riday, Oct. 26-27 and 31, Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, 43 Elma McCleary Road, Elma. $6 per perso n or $5 with a canned food donation. 360-482-2651 or

Haunted Madness, 5704 19th Ave. S.E., Lacey (behind the post office off Clearbrook) will be open for tours and trick or treating Oct. 31 only. Accepting canned food for Thurston County Food Bank.

Thomas Family Trick or Treat Haunt, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31, 7024 Glen Terra Court S.E., Lacey.

For families and kids

Zoo Boo, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 Pearl St. N., Tacoma. Featuring indoor and outdoor activities for children including a scavenger hunt, creepy crafts, special animal appearances, treat stations and conservation activities. Free with paid admission. Come dressed in a costume to receive $2 off admission. 253-591-5337.

Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26-27, Fort Nisqually inside Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Slightly scary stories will be told. After a break for cider and cookies , stories will become scarier. $4 adults, $2 children. 253-591-5339.

Hoot 'n' Howl, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26-27, Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Games, costume contest, twilight tram rides, Halloween tattoo station, treats and more. $12 adults, $8 children. Reservations are encouraged. 360-832-7166 or

Ghostmuster Fun Run, 9 a.m. Oct. 27, starts at Tenino Element ary School, 301 Old Highway 99 N., Tenino. Run or walk a 10K, 5K or one-mile route through Tenino. $20 if registered by Oct. 19 or $25 thereafter. Ages 17 and younger pay $12. 360-786-5595.

"Dogtoberfest" seventh annual Bones & Treats, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27, starting at Angela's Pet Spa, 1302 Fones Road S.E., Olympia. Travel from booth to booth then store to store to get treats for you and your pet. 360-438-8693.

Night of the Living Tribute Bands, doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Oct. 27, Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. E., Olympia. $5 at the door. All ages welcome. 360-754-5378.

Trick or Treat on the Wa terfront, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28, Seattle Aquarium and businesses along Seattle's central downtown waterfront. Other activities include live entertainment and guest appearances by J.P. Patches and the Seafair Pirates. 206-386-4320.

Annual Halloween Party for ages 10 and younger, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31, Shelton Health & Rehabilitation Center, 153 Johns Court, Sh e lton. Costume contest at 4 p.m. Also featuring trick-or-treating, g ames, prizes and refreshments. 360-427-2575.

Hosana Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Timberline Baptist Church, 6628 Mullen Road S.E., Lacey. Enjoy a fun evening with games, prizes, a costume contest and chili cook-off. 360-459-2650.

Fifth annual Halloween Safe Night, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, 3333 Ensign Road N.E., Olympia. A free event for parents and children to enjoy games, trick or treat goodies and prizes. 360-493-4900.

Harvest Festival (a Halloween alternative), 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Capital Vision Christian Church, 1775 Yew Ave. N.E., Olympia. Featuring candy and prizes, carnival booths, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, bounce houses and music. 360-754-7700.

Pumpkin Patch Bash, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31, Church of Living Water, 1615 Chambers St. S.E., Olympia. A fun, free event for the whole family featuring candy, a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games and bounce houses. 360-754-5830.

Trunk or Treat, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 31, Capital Christian Center, 4431 Martin Way E., Lacey (for merly Lacey Cinemas). Kids can "trunk-or-treat" their way through about 50 decorated cars to fill up on candy for free. Visitors will find events for middle and high school students, including a talent show, game rooms, pizza and prizes. 360-943-4391.

For adults

Halloween party with music