Pumpkin hot spots and spooky outings to experience soon

Get out your jackets and boots and start heading down to the pumpkin patch to pick out your pumpkins!
This is your last chance to buy a pumpkin or visit a corn maze or haunted maze in the year 2012.
Pierce County has several pumpkin patches that offer pumpkin picking, mazes and even pumpkin sling shots.
Double R Farms is located in Puyallup and is open seven days a week. The farm sells pumpkins for 29 cents per pound. They are open seven days a week, weekdays 3-6 p.m. and Saturday 10-6 p.m.
After you pick your pumpkin, spend one dollar to slingshot three pumpkins or roam around their five-acre corn maze.
Maris Farms is a bit more of a trek, but in addition to pumpkin picking, they offer a haunted maze.
If you enjoy being scared and the thrill of an adrenaline rush, you may want to make the drive. They offer three separate “scaretastic” activities.
The Monster Safari Survival Shooting allows riders to ride a blacked out school bus equipped with 40 paintball guns to shoot the walking dead. Shoot as many zombies as possible and look out for some creeping up behind you!  ”Creeps in the Corn” is a second attraction of a frightening walks through the cornfield with 30 actors in full makeup and costumes hoping to make your heart palpitate.
The third attraction is Freaks in the Forest. Guests walk along a designated path and are approached by hugging trees, barrel throwing maniacs and other characters along the trail.
The final attraction is the same as the Survival Shooting, but the paint balling takes place during the day and is without the scare aspect. This option may be best for those that are easily frightened.
The prices for the fright activities vary: It’s $15 for one or two attractions or $36 for all three attractions. It’s only $10 for daytime the paintball safari and 100 additional paintballs can be purchased for $5. Beware!
They won’t refund any money if you decide it has become to frightening; you must commit to “Harvest of Terror.” Tickets can be purchased online.
Spooner Berry Farm is another option that is closer than the prior two farms. They have pumpkins and squash to pick, pumpkin sling shots, caramel apples to buy and a corn maze.
The maze has unlimited entry for only $6 during the week, so you have the chance to master the maze and then lure your friends to dead ends! On weekends the price is $8. The farm is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Picha Farms is another option for you that is located closer to campus, just outside Tacoma in Puyallup. The farm offers pumpkin picking, a seven-acre corn maze at $6 per person and a pumpkin slingshot ($1 for two shots).
Hit the target on the pumpkin slingshot and you could win 15 pounds of free pumpkin! They are open weekdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you’re interested in different pumpkin patches or a maze that’s closer to campus, check out the website pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/WApnw.
This weekend is your last chance to celebrate before “Halloweekend.” I hope to see many a carved pumpkins this weekend all around campus.