Autumn is quickly approaching and with this season, there are plenty of fun activities to take part in. There are pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, ghost tours, Halloween sleepovers at aquariums, and so much more! And a few of these activities are dog friendly so you can also have a great time with your pup this season!
One of the more traditional autumn activities is going to a pumpkin patch! There are so many pumpkin patches around the Pacific Northwest and there are even a few that are dog friendly. Some dog friendly pumpkin patches and other fall activities around the Pacific Northwest include:
- Bella Organic – this farm is located on Sauvie Island, just outside of Portland, OR. Dogs are allowed in the regular corn maze (but not the haunted one) while on leash.
- Bellewood Farms – there are a few different activities to do at Bellewood but for health reasons, dogs are only allowed in the grassy area with the picnic tables at this farm.
- Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins and Corn Maze – this pumpkin patch is in Arlington, WA and while I haven’t been to it yet, I’m excited to go this year! They have a dog costume contest each year.
- Mosby Farm – this farm is located in Aubrun and has activities like a pumpkin patch, hay rides on the weekends, and a corn maze! Friendly dogs are allowed on the property but they do ask that the dogs are on leash and that you have poop bags ready to go if that occurs. And unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed in the corn maze.
- Smith Rock Ranch – located in Terrebonne, Oregon, this ranch is open to the public each October. They have a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, archery, an animal house, a pumpkin cannon, a dog park (!!), and much more. Dogs are allowed on the property (other than in the corn maze) but they do ask that you keep your dog on leash and that you clean up after the dog.
- If you’d like to spend more time outside, there are sites like Washington Trail Association, Pacific Northwest Hikes, and Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots that offer ideas and tips for different hikes around the Pacific Northwest. Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots seems like an especially cool resource during the fall, as they highlight hikes that take you around or to ghost towns, lost relics, and abandoned mines!
- The thing about hiking is to plan a bit before if you’re going on a long hike. Some trails aren’t great or are closed during fall and winter for safety reasons. And if you’re taking your dog with you, make sure to take towels and water! As it continues to rain during autumn, your pup will probably get wet and/or muddy on hikes and it might be nice to dry them off at the end of the day!
- Dress your dog or animal in a Halloween costume and go trick or treating! This one is a bit dependent on if your animal is okay with wearing things but there are so many cute costumes meant specifically for animals. And going trick or treating with a dog also means that the dog should be okay in crowds and with all sorts of people and other animals. If you’re not sure how your dog does with large groups of people (including small kids and other animals), it might be best to share their costume on social media.
- According to a Washington Post article from 2014, pet owners spent around $350 million on pet costumes, something that’s grown over the years.
- If you need some ideas, Buzzfeed even has a list of the greatest pet costumes, including a few pun related ones! Even if your animal doesn’t particularly like wearing an entire costume, there are Halloween related bandanas that they could wear to get into the spirit of things.
Like going anywhere else with your dog, make sure to have the on leash and to have some poop bags ready to go if you visit one of the above places this fall! There are bound to be many new and exciting smells for dogs and large amounts of new people at these farms so it might not be for every dog to go visit.
- Visit the Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze – this pumpkin patch isn’t dog friendly for a couple reasons but still looks like an amazing place to visit if you’re in the Portland, OR area. They also have a massive corn maze made into a different design each year!
- When I lived down in the Portland area a few years ago, I went to the Bella Organic haunted corn maze a couple years in a row. It was so much fun! I already love corn mazes and haunted houses so the fact that they combined the two made my day. This also isn’t a dog friendly corn maze and if you do go, dress appropriately! There will be mud and there might be rain.
- St. Helens, Oregon – in the late 1990s, the Disney film Halloweentown was filmed in the tiny little Oregon town of St. Helens and for years, the city has gone all out to celebrate the movie and holiday. For all of October, St. Helens gets decorated and hosts many different activities – including the lighting of the Great Pumpkin in the city plaza, pumpkin carving contests, a scarecrow contest, and more! I’m not sure how much of the Halloween activities are dog friendly but it still seems like a great day trip during October if you live nearby.
- Good Time Girl Tours – this is a Bellingham history tour that covers a wide variety of the city’s past. During October, the tour focuses on the gore and lore of Bellingham!
- Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm – located not too far from Vancouver, BC, this farm has a wide variety of activities, including a 12 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals, and much more. I’m not sure if this farm is dog friendly but seems like a great place to have kids be up close with farm animals for a bit!
- Aquariums and zoos might have Halloween events! These definitely won’t be great for pets to tag along on but would be a great opportunity for kids to learn more about animals with a Halloween setting.
- The Vancouver Aquarium in British Colombia, Canada has a family friendly sleepover program and the next one this year is the ‘Fish or Treat Halloween Sleepover’ on October 28th.
- The Woodland Park Zoo has a pumpkin bash the weekend before Halloween, which includes trick or treating, storytelling, and pumpkins for the animals!
- The Oregon Zoo has a few different Halloween events this year, including watching the elephant family squash a giant gourd!