Embracing autumn with open arms.
Spooky season is upon us, and I am fully embracing the transition from summer to autumn. One of the more exciting things about this time of year is the emergence of pumpkin patches, and this year there are tons of them to check out all over Ireland.
For those still holding onto summer for dear life, while it's understandable given the very limited sunny days we got this year, these kinds of pumpkin patches sell out at lightning speed every year, and if you don't nab tickets when you see them on sale, you seriously risk missing out.
With the weather the way it has been lately, may as well embrace autumn and spooky season; we're sure one of these pumpkin patches is within driving distance of you.
*At the time of writing, these pumpkin patches had booking availability left.
Hughes Farming Pumpkin Festival
This Kilkenny pumpkin patch has a lot to offer again this year, with amusements, soft play, face painting, art tent, hot food, mini diggers, swings, photo opportunities and of course pumpkin picking, with some of Ireland's largest selection of pumpkins growing on the farm.
General Admission is only €5 which can be purchased via Eventbrite.
Every year Joe's Farm welcomes visitors for a pumpkin picking experience, where you can enjoy a walk around the farmland, pick some vegetables, learn about farming and of course pick your perfect pumpkin from the patch to take home.
A picker ticket costs €22 while a non-picker can go for €7.50. It should also be noted this is not a dog-friendly pumpkin patch, and your pooch will have to sit the experience out.
Get your tickets from the website now.
Luggwoods has one of the best pumpkin patches in Ireland, as well as one of the most authentic Halloween experiences.
Dressing up isn't mandatory, but it is encouraged, and more than welcome, so ideal for all those obsessed with the holiday. It's not super scary so for those who like the cute aspects of spooky season more than the horror, this may be the event for you. It's suitable for children under the age of 12, so a great family friendly experience.
Clonfert Pet Farm
A ticket includes entry to the Clonfert Farm Pumpkin Patch, as well as the Fun Fair, Haunted House, and lots more.
This popular event takes place from Saturday 21st September to Tuesday 31st October 2023, a winner pumpkin patch with tons of time slots, particularly if you want to go more than once.
Pumpkin and Fun at Navan Adventure Centre
The pumpkin patch at Navan Adventure Centre is a great spot to go with friends or family to get into the Samhain spirit.
Navan Adventure Centre have some bookings still available for October 21st - 22nd and 28th - 31st. Each slot runs for three hours.
Kid tickets cost €18, and include a pumpkin, while adults tickets cost €11, and don't include a pumpkin. However your ticket includes a comedy variety show, an obstacle course, a Halloween disco, and tons more.
Hop aboard the Pumpkin Express, a whimsical train ride that will transport all the family to a world of pumpkin patch magic - you can choose your pumpkin as well as carve and decorate it at Funtasia.
There will also be tons of photo opportunities so you can hold onto the memories.
Funtasia's pumpkin patch is open from the 14th - 30th October. Some dates are already sold out.
Killarney Pumpkin Patch
At Killarney Pumpkin Patch, you get to pick your own pumpkin, visit The Witches Cottage, listen to Ghost Stories with our Seanchaí, explore The Corn Maze, meet the Alpacas and much, much more.
Secure your tickets on Eventbrite now.
Clissmann Horse Caravans
After roaring success last year, Clissmann are back with their pumpkin patch with both their donkey or wheelbarrow guided tours.
Clissmann Horse Caravans hosts an annual pumpkin patch on their farm, and tickets are already on sale. You can opt for a donkey tour, where you'll be led through the pumpkin patch atop a donkey, or a wheelbarrow tour. Before all that you can use your chosen method of transport to explore spooky farm trails with Witches Wagons, a Fairy Forest, a Ghoulish Graveyard and Halloween Horses. Truly this is a must-try experience coming up to spooky season.
And to satiate you after an hour of family fun is their coffee dock; you can choose between tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
A word of warning, most days are already sold out, so do not delay if this sounds like a bit of you.
Michael's Pumpkin Patch
Michael's Pumpkin Patch has been running for 3 years now, and has grown exponentially since 2020. Customers can choose from thousands of pumpkins, in the company of farm animals such as hens and sheep.
Tickets cost €25 per car-load, and they're already selling out.
Tucked away in Tinahely, Co Wicklow this pumpkin field also offers tractor and trailer rides. They will host pumpkin picking events for kids where they will get a toasty hot choccy and also get a chance to play in the activity barn after.
Tickets start from €18.50; you can pick yours up on Eventbrite.
The family friendly pumpkin patch at Rathwood is preceded by a Halloween musical full of a spooktacular cast.
Dressing up as your favourite character is encouraged, and you'll end your trip with a journey through the pumpkin maze to search for your ideal pumpkin.
Tickets start from €15, and you can get your hands on them now.
The pumpkin patch at Rathwood is running from the 21st to the 31st October.
This Halloween pumpkin patch has plenty of fun stuff to get up to, on top of picking your perfect pumpkin from the thousands that they have available. You can carve your pumpkin on-site, with the help of some experts, get your dancing shoes on at their Broomtastic Disco, make your way through the Spooky Maze, and tons more.
Tickets are available to purchase on-site now.
Header images via Instagram / Joe's Farm & / Killarney Farm