In preparation for Halloween, most families nowadays buy a pumpkin and do some pumpkin carving. Instead of just adding it to your weekly grocery shop, why not go pumpkin picking? Most places that offer pumpkin picking also offer fun Halloween events for kids alongside. Here are some Popular Places for Pumpkin Picking in Ireland:
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Alright Pumpkin, Meath
Alright Pumpkin in Fordstown, Co. Meath, have Pick Your Own pumpkin and sweet corn, you can have fun trying out their pumpkin maze and watch pumpkin carving demonstrations. You don’t have to book ahead.
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Ballycross Apple Farm, Wexford
Ballycross Apple Farm in Bridgetown, Co. Wexford offer tractor rides to the pumpkin field to select your own pumpkin during their annual Halloween outdoor event. Kids can dress up in their Halloween outfits and they usually offer extra activities, check their website as some need to be booked in advance.
Ladyrath Lane, Meath
At Ladyrath Lane in Wilkinstown, Co. Meath, they have an annual Pumpkin event but it sells out very quickly! Choose from 1000’s of pumpkins, buy and then carve your pumpkins in their Halloween barn. Tickets include face painting, bouncy castles, halloween treats, halloween movies as well as indoor and outdoor games.
This year’s event runs on these dates 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 October, tickets costs €13.95 per child and adults are free.
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Scalpwood in Enniskerry Road, Kilternan, D18 has an annual pumpkin festival where children can pick their own pumpkin for a small charge. They have a polytunnel complete with lots of activities to keep your little ones busy including blackboards, little tables and chairs with crayons to colour Spookley prints. Outside there is a Spookley maze which is a friendly Halloween experience and they also have something a little scarier available for older kids in their Haunted Witches room.
Keanes Garden Centre, Galway
Keanes Garden Centre in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway have an annual Pumpkin Festival with Pick your own Pumpkin, Pumpkin Carving, BBQ, and lots of other tricks and treats.
The Farm Grenagh, Cork
At The Farm Grenagh in Grenagh, Co. Cork you can visit the Pumpkin Patch in the Secret Garden and choose the Pumpkin that’s just right for you, then the witches will carve it while you enjoy some Face Painting. Help the Good Witch, Esmeralda, to practice her spells for Halloween and make some sweet treats to take home.
Tinahely Farm, Wicklow
Tinahely Farm in Tinahely, Wicklow offers kids the chance to pick their pumpkin on 25, 26, 27 and 28 October.
The cost is €15.00 per child which includes Tractor Run to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin, hot chocolate, face painting as well as unlimited time in their activity barn. Booking in advance is recommended.
Ashtree Garden Centre, Donegal
There’s an annual Pumpkin Festival at Ashtree Garden Centre, Donegal Town, with pumpkin picking, carving, themed games and halloween treats in the potting shed tearoom.
The Friendly Farmer, Galway
Visit The Friendly Farmer farm and select from the thousands of pumpkins on their pumpkin patch. A great experience for adults and children alike.
Say hello to their Famous Turkeys and all the other animals on our Friendly Farm. Every child picks & goes home with their pumpkin. Selected dates.
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Pumpkin and Bounce, Meath
Pumpkin & Bounce Navan located at Navan Adventure Sports in Navan Racecourse offers a unique Pumpkin experience. Each child will get to pick their own Pumpkin from their Pumpkin Patch. Then they get a round of MiniGolf AND a round of FootGolf. They also get to hop, skip & bounce in the Inflatable Park with over 13 inflatables such as Obstacle Courses, Disco Domes, Super Slides, Combi Castles & good old standard Bouncy Castles.
There is a toddler zone set up for the younger kiddies and toddlers as well as a Pumpkin Carving area set up so the kids can carve and decorate their own Pumpkins. €15 per child (plus booking fee), adults go free. Free parking onsite. There is also a Cafe onsite with teas, coffees, sweets & treats.
Pumpkin & Play Collon, Meath
Pumpkin & Play Collon is located in The Irish Military War Museum in Collon, Co Meath.
Each child will get to pick their own Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. They also get to hop, skip & bounce in the Inflatable Park with over 13 inflatables such as The Largest Obstacle Courses in the country, Disco Domes, Super Slides, Combi Castles & good old standard Bouncy Castles.
There will be a toddler zone set up for the younger kiddies and toddlers, and a Pumpkin Carving area set up so the kids can carve and decorate their own Pumpkins. There is also a fully equipped playground with swings, slides and climbing frames. Kids €15, adults go free. Free parking and cafe onsite.
Galway Pumpkin Patch
At Galway Pumpkin Patch in Ardrahan you can pick your own pumpkin and enjoy the Halloween themed displays, plenty of games, and take lots of snaps.
Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking
There is pumpkin picking at The Folly, Guest House in Outrath, Kilkenny, open 7 days per week 11am – 6pm. Wellies advised. No bookings necessary.
Over to you now. Where have you enjoyed pumpkin picking with the kids in Ireland? Tell us in the comments below.