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, Meath
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.
Unfortunately this year 2018 there will be NO Pumpkin Patch at Kennedy’s due to the illness and passing of Seamus Kennedy.
#2. 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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#3. 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.
#4. 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 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 October, tickets costs €10.50 per child and adults are free.
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#5. Scalpwood, Dublin
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, 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.
#7. 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.
#8. Tinahely Farm, Wicklow
Tinahely Farm in Tinahely, Wicklow offers kids the chance to pick their pumpkin on these dates:
- Friday 26th of October at 2pm
- Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th at 12 noon 12.30pm, 1 pm, 1.30pm and 2 pm
- Tuesday 30th 2pm
- Wednesday 31st 2pm
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.
#9. Ashtree Garden Centre, Donegal
At the Pumpkin Festival at Ashtree Garden Centre, Donegal Town, taking place from 26th-31st October (excluding Sunday) there will be pumpkin picking, carving, themed games and halloween treats in the potting shed tearoom.
On Tue 30th at 7pm there is pumpkin picking by torchlight along with storytelling. Spaces for that night are limited so booking is essential.
#10. The Friendly Farmer, Galway
The Friendly Farmer has planted their 1st Pumpkin Patch. Visit the farm and select from the thousands of pumpkins on our 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 from 14th – 31st October
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#11. 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. Morning and afternoon sessions on 20th & 21st October, 27th-30th October.
#12. 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.
#13. Galway Pumpkin Patch
Galway Pumpkin Patch in Ardrahan will open on Sunday October 21, and over the Bank Holiday weekend Saturday and Sunday October 27th and 28th with morning and afternoon slots. Pick your own pumpkin and enjoy the Halloween themed displays, plenty of games, and take lots of snaps. Entry costs €10 plus small booking fee for a family ticket (2 adults i.e Mum and Dad – and up to 3 children) and €15 plus booking fee for a larger family of 2 adults and up to 5 children. This cover charge includes one pumpkin per family. There will be refreshments available on site (tea, coffee etc) and plenty of spooky treats! NB cash only site.
#14. Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking
There is pumpkin picking at The Folly, Guest House in Outrath, Kilkenny between 13th-26th October, open 7 days per week 11am – 6pm. Wellies advised. No bookings necessary.
#15. The Lidl Pumpkin Patch in aid of Jigsaw
Kicking off on Saturday 27th until Wednesday 31st October, families can avail of a spooky, fun-filled day out at The Lidl Pumpkin Patch located in Newbridge, Co. Kildare (Ladytown, Morristown Upper, Newbridge, Co. Kildare which is opposite BMW). All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to Lidl s charity partner Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
Enter through a spooky farm house at The Lidl Pumpkin Patch into a huge field, filled with Lidl s Bord Bia quality assured Irish pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Once you have picked your favourite pumpkin, join a pumpkin carving class to create your very own pumpkin masterpiece. Guests can enjoy refreshments and feast on Lidl s tasty Halloween treats while telling spooky ghost stories around the campfire.
For just 10 per adult and 6 per child, this devilish deal will include one pumpkin per person, a pumpkin carving class, complimentary refreshments, face painting, children’s entertainment and free parking on the day.
Be sure to book your tickets at jigsaw.ie/events and choose from three sessions each day; 9am to 11am / 12pm to 2pm / 3pm to 5pm.
Tickets go on sale from October 3rd. NB Children under 1 years of age go free.
Over to you now. Where have you enjoyed pumpkin picking with the kids in Ireland? Tell us in the comments below.