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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#1. Kennedys Pumpkin Patch
Kennedys Pumpkin Patch in Julianstown, Co. Meath is a small family run patch. They have a pick your own pumpkin day each year, where they have Halloween treats and sweets available, free face painting and a fun pumpkin patch experience. They book out fast though so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page for announcements.
#2. Alright Pumpkin
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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#3. Ballycross Apple Farm
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.
#4. Ladyrath Lane
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, as well as indoor and outdoor games.
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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.
#6. Keanes Garden Centre
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.
#7. The Farm Grenagh
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.
#8. Tinahely Farm
Tinahely Farm in Tinahely, Wicklow offers kids the chance to pick their pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, and then carve their very own pumpkin head in the Scary Tunnel – all with the help of Mabel the Witch and her Ghosts and Goblins. You can also feed Lily and Sam, their friendly farm pigs, with all the leftover pumpkin. Outdoor event, and booking is required.
#9. Ashtree Garden Centre
At the Pumpkin Festival at Ashtree Garden Centre, Donegal Town, taking place 25-31 October you can pick your own pumpkins, carve a pumpkin, eat pumpkins, play pumpkin golf and make your own chocolate apple.
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Over to you now. Where have you enjoyed pumpkin picking with the kids in Ireland? Tell us in the comments below.