PUMPKIN PATCHES in Ireland 2020
It is time to plan a visit to a pumpkin patch to select your pumpkin. What kind of Halloween would it be without one?!
Carving pumpkins is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Back then, however, families made jack-o’-lanterns out of turnips or potatoes; it wasn’t until Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered the pumpkin and a new Halloween ritual was born.
A visit to a pumpkin patch and getting your own pumpkin straight from a farm can be nearly as exciting as the Halloween night itself. Your kids will love the chance to pick, design and carve their own pumpkin. You can read up on some interesting pumpkin facts to make the visit even more fun.
It’s a perfect autumn family day out to get everybody into the Halloween spirit.
Don’t forget it’s an outdoor event on a farm, it can get muddy! We highly recommend to wear wellies and outdoor clothes.
We have rounded up the TOP 7 places across Ireland where you can pick up your own pumpkin and have loads of fun with the kids.
RED MOUNTAIN OPEN FARM
Located in the heart of the Boyne Farm, Red Mountain Open Farm is bursting with life this coming Halloween. From the 24th of October to the 1st of November, you will get a chance to take a spin on the Ghost Carriage, visit a Halloween Barn, Witches’ den and of course a Pumpkin Patch.
There are plenty of other activities that you can take part in on the day; find out more about it here. Set a few hours aside to give yourself time to discover all the farm has to offer. Why not visit the Newgrange Monument before you head home?
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, this is the direct link to Ticketweb.
Address: Red Mountain Open Farm, Corballis, Donore, Co. Meath, A92 TN59
BALLYCROSS APPLE FARM
The farm dates back to 1863 and many refer to it as the ‘Hidden Treasure’. The Farm’s Pumpkin Patch & Witches Village is open and your family can take a short walk to the Village, meet the Ballycross Witch, pick your pumpkin and take a tractor ride back to the farm. The farm’s trailer has been fitted with screens so you can safely socially distant.
The Farm is open every weekend from the 3rd October and also throughout mid-term from 25th October to 2nd November from 12pm to 6pm daily.
To book tickets and for more information click here.
Address: Ballycross Apple farm, Bridgetown Co. Wexford
LADYRATH PUMPKIN PATCH
Ladyrath Lane in Wilkinstown, Co. Meath has annual Pumpkin event but it sells out very quickly!
Choose from 100’s of pumpkins, your family can carve pumpkins at the farm. Family friendly activities will run all day; kids will enjoy face painting, Halloween treats, bouncy castles, family maze and more. The farm also extended their car park facilities and outdoor seating this year.
Families can visit on Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Sat 24th, Sun 25th, Thu 29th and Fri 30th October.
Purchase tickets from the Ladyrath website.
Address: Ladyrath Lane, Wilkinstown, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 Y018
REYNOLDSTOWN ANIMAL FARM
This wonderful animal farm opens its Pumpkin World on Sat 17th, you will also have a chance to visit on the following days: Sun 18th, Sat 24th, Sun 25th and Mon 26th October. Morning & afternoon times are available: 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm
Tue 27th October is a special needs day
Purchase tickets to the event here.
Address: Pumpkin World, Reynoldstown Animal Farm, Naul. Co. Dublin
NAVAN ADVENTURE CENTRE
Why not take part in a Family Halloween Festival at the Navan Adventure Centre?
Your children will be able to choose their own pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, carve the pumpkin (carving tools provided), Make their own witches slimy snot (can take home), grow their own spooky eyeballs (can take home), have fun playing in the Inflatables Obstacles Course & Slides, FootGolf and Adventure Obstacle Course.
Families can attend the Halloween Festival Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Sat 24th, Sun 25th, Mon 26th, Thu 29th, Fri 30th & Sat 31st October.
You can book your tickets here.
Address: Navan Adventure Centre, Navan Racecourse, Proudstown Road, Navan
CLONFERT PET FARM
The Clonfert Pet Farm offers a pumpkin patch where you can choose your perfect pumpkin. Children will also be able to take part in a treasure hunt, enjoy the farm’s haunted house, reptile room and more.
The Halloween activities will run on Sat 24t, Sun 25th, Mon 26th, Fri 30th and Sat 31st October.
You can book your ticket here.
Address: Clonfert Pet Farm, Clonfert, Maynooth South, Kildare
IRISH MILITARY WAR MUSEUM
The Museum will give your family a chance to pick and carve your pumpkin, have fun in the spine chilling family fun maze and bounce the fears away in Ireland’s LARGEST inflatable area. There is also an all-weather seating area.
The event will run from Sat 17th to Sat 31st October.
You can purchase your tickets here.
Address: Irish Military War Museum, Starinagh, Collon, Co. Meath
- Please note that for some of these events the pumpkins are priced separately to the admission ticket.
- Many places offer a full or partial refund in case the event is cancelled due to reasons out of the organizer’s control (for example further Covid-19 related restrictions.)
Enjoy your day out and don’t forget the wellie boots and raincoats! Happy carving!