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 for plenty of seasonal fun!
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2020 Update – many places are still deciding if they will open this year. We will try to keep this article up to date as we hear, but please check their website or facebook page.
There are lots of fun places for pumpkin picking around Ireland, so whether your kids have their hearts set on a giant jack-o-lantern or a cute little one, you’re sure to find the perfect one. Wrap up warm and head out for a family outing with a difference!
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Get Set for Pumpkin Picking!
Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny
Come to Nore Valley Park for Halloween and enjoy a family day of fun! This Halloween season you can pick your own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch as part of normal farm entry; they are offering one free pumpkin per family. You can pick pumpkins daily from Monday to Saturday during daylights hours at Nore Valley Farm Park from Saturday October 20th.
Get creative and carve your pumpkin on the farm, or you take it home with you! Just turn up to Reception during pumpkin picking season to enjoy all the fun of the farm, with the added bonus of picking lovely locally grown pumpkins!
On specific evenings they will also have their popular annual Halloween Torchlight Treasure Hunt, scare maze, and bonfire with toasted marshmallows! These activities must be booked online and take place on Monday 26 October – Friday 31 October 2020, starting from 7pm each evening. For pumpkin picking or Halloween enquiries please call 056 772 7747.
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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. This year they will be selling tickets for entry, so keep an eye on their Facebook page.
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.
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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 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th October, tickets costs €4 per child and adults €6. There will a very small amount of families per time slot, lasting 2 hours so there will be no queuing or crowds.
Keep up to date on their Facebook page.
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Killruddery House and Gardens Wicklow
Dates: Saturday October 25th to Monday October 27th
Enjoy picking and carving your very own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at Killruddery House and Farm.
How to Book: €5 each book online
The annual pumpkin festival at Scalpwood in Enniskerry Road, Kilternan, D18 won’t be taking place in 2020.
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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. Check their Facebook page for details.
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.
Their pumpkin event will go ahead from Saturday 24th to Saturday 31st Oct 2020. Pre-booking will be required for this event and tickets will go on sale on 21st September. Keep up to date on what’s happening on their Facebook page.
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Tinahely Farm, Wicklow
Tinahely Farm in Tinahely, Wicklow offers kids the chance to pick their pumpkin in the run up to Halloween.
The children’s ticket includes Tractor Run to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin, hot chocolate, face painting as well as unlimited time in their activity barn.
Check their Facebook page for updates for 2020.
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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. Check their Facebook page for updates for 2020’s event.
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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. Check their Facebook page for updates.
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Michael’s Pumpkin Patch, Galway
Michael, aged 14, started a pumpkin patch for the first time ever and it will be open the week before Halloween with 20 minute slots for one family at a time and a 5 minute interval before the next slot due to social distancing.
Michael explains, “I am a 14-year-old young lad named Michael Gilmore and I have grown pumpkins since I was about 5. In 2018 I grew over 200 plants. I then had the idea so back in early May to do a pumpkin patch so I got dad and my big brother to rise the walls of the field to keep animals out while at the same time I was growing 300 seedlings in my plastic greenhouse so we cut the grass up there very short and dug holes and sown in the plants by hand and so on so forth. And thankfully all grew well so I am now delighted to be organising my first pumpkin patch. So, it’s very exciting times.”
Book your slot online, it’s €12 including parking and treats for the children and a voucher per car for 1 large pumpkin or 2 medium pumpkins or 3 small pumpkins.
Galway Pumpkin Patch
Galway Pumpkin Patch takes place on the Whelan family farm in Ardrahan in South Galway over the last two weekends in October, and is a hugely popular event.
Come along and check out the mega selection of pumpkins in every shape and size, lots of cool Halloween decor and child friendly games.
All details about Galway Pumpkin Patch can be found on Facebook.
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Kilkenny Pumpkin Picking
There is pumpkin picking at The Folly, Guest House in Outrath, Kilkenny, during October. Wellies advised. No bookings necessary. Check their Facebook page for 2020 details.
Curraghchase Garden Centre, Limerick
Pick your own pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch at Curraghchase Garden Centre in Kilcornan, Co. Limerick between later in October. Enjoy pumpkin carving, storytelling, Spooky Tunnel, Corn Maze, Halloween Globe, tea/coffee and treats from the Coffee shop.
Check their Facebook page for 2020 event updates.
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Where have you enjoyed pumpkin picking with the kids in Ireland? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!