Things to do in Dublin and the surrounding areas in October

Things to do in October in Dublin and surrounding areas!

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in October in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!

Pumpkin & Play All Day Event

October 7 12-5pm

October 8  12-5pm

Irish Military War Museum

Starinagh, Collon Co. Meath

Pumpkin and play event

We are back again.  Join us in the Irish Military War Museum on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th of October for our Pick a Pumpkin and Play event.  Also on the Sunday we will be hosting the “Giant Pumpkin Weigh In Competition”.  No extra charge into this, but it’s definitely something not to be missed.

€10 per child includes unlimited access onto all our Bouncy Castles & Obstacle Courses & a Pumpkin of your choice.



Just turn up on the day pick a pumpkin and play away




Saturday, October 7 at 12pm – 4pm

Newbridge House and Farm

Newbridge House Donabate, Dublin, Ireland

spud fest

Free Family Fun Day:

Bouncy castles, fun lawn games with prizes, arts & crafts, face painting, BBQ with lots of tasty potato treats, vintage tractors and live music

Alright Pumpkin

Pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch. Lots of different sizes available. Open this Saturday and Sunday.
Bring Wellies!

Open 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday.

Pumpkin Carving demo at 2 pm.
Face painting 2-3 pm.

alright pumpkin

Pick your own pumpkin straight from our pumpkin patch! Check out our corn maze. Dig your own potatoes and try our fresh sweetcorn! As seen on TV! Check out our new website

Halloween train at Rathwood

Oct 21 at 9am to Oct 31 at 8pm          €10 per Child        €7 per Adult

Rathwood train halloween event

Jump on Deck this Halloween!!!!

Meet Captain Jack & Penelope Sail, help them find redbeards famous ship & hidden treasure before the evil captain hook. Follow the treasure map to the haunted part of the sea. Look out for evil captain hook along the way. Once the treasure is successfully found – each child will get there own gold treasure to bring home

On the way back from the haunted part of the sea, you will get to visit the Pirates Pumpkin Patch.  Pick and carve your pumpkin.

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A Fun Spooky Night At The Museum

Irish Military War Museum and SuperBounce Party Hire

Saturday, October 21 at 4pm

Irish Military War Museum

Starinagh,, Collon Co. Meath

Halloween is coming!!

Spooky night 21st October

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd Of October from 10-5 our Pumpkin Patch will be open and there will be loads to do with the toddlers, more will be revealed soon!

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Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch 2017

October 21 – October 30

Shallon, Meath

Kennedy pumpkin patch

Kennedy’s Pumpkin Patch offers a unique family day out where you can come and pick your own pumpkin. We have a cafe, children’s maze, storytelling, facepainting and so much more. Be sure to try out the chocolate apples!!

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Baby and Toddler Week October 2017

October 23 – October 29

Oct 23 at 10:30am to Oct 29 at 11:30am

Giddy Studios

Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland D16

Price: €8.50 per person*

Baby and Toddler week October

We are running a gorgeous ‘Baby & Toddler Week’ from Monday 23rd of October to Sunday 29th October 2017 with guest speakers and play sessions across 7 different areas (Full list below).

Each attendee will also get to paint a pottery tile with their baby or toddler’s handprint as part of their session.

*Price: €8.50 = entry fee per participating child on ‘Play Days’ with a limit of one adult per child. On ‘Expert Talk Days’ a ticket must be bought per attending adult. Non-participating babes in arms are welcome. Price includes session + one free pottery tile + tea or coffee (tea/coffee only served on ‘Expert Talk Days’).

Any mugs painted at this session (optional activity) are discounted to €12 (from €16). You will also be able to avail of a €20 voucher on the day for the price of €10, allowing you to come back another day to paint presents for Christmas etc or bring along an older sibling.

There is also a Special Offer on Clay Hand & Footprints for available for 2 weeks from 16th October to 29th October for €49. Prebook & Prepay for Clay Prints by calling 01 2960303.

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Spooky Nights At The Museum

23rd Of October – 31st Of October (4pm-8pm)

Suitable for kids ages between 5-16

€15 per child & ADULTS GO FREE

Spooky night at the museum 23rd oct

Hocus Pocus and Alakazam!  We’ve cast a fiendish spell and created the ultimate Halloween experience for all ages. Whether your Halloween squad is made up of Dare Devils or ‘Fraidy cats, there’s something for everyone at our bespoke Night at the Museum Event.

Go wild in our sensational Giant Bouncy Castle Park; Escape and indulge with our family friendly Halloween movies (incl. free popcorn); Spook out with our spine-tingling Haunted Tour of the Military Museum; Get crazy creative in our stunning seasonal Pumpkin patch; Dare to venture through our devilish obstacle course or try your hand at our ghoulish games.

With a Ghost Busting Torch for every child to keep the monsters at bay and complimentary tea and coffee for adults, our incredible Night at the Museum Event will engage the imagination and tantalise the senses.

Limited spaces available so book today and get into the Halloween ‘Spirit’ like never before… but leave your broomsticks at the door…

Haunted Tour of the Museum

Pumpkin from our Pumpkin Patch

Unlimited Access to Bouncy Castle Park

Ghostbuster Torch

Halloween Movies with Free Popcorn

Halloween Games Galore

Free tea & coffee token for the parents



Pumpkin Trail

October 28 – November 4

Birr Castle Gardens

Green Street, Birr, Ireland

Birr Castle Pumpkin trail

Join us this midterm break for our Pumpkin Trail which will lead you through the enchanted gardens of Birr Castle. Can you find all the pumpkins and solve the mystery? There’s a “fangtastic” treat for all those who do! Trail included in general admission rate. Trails available from reception. Suitable for all ages. Available daily from 11.00 to 15.30.



Pumpkin Patch 2017

Oct 28 at 10am to Oct 31 at 5pm

Ladyrath Lane

LADYRATH, Wilkinstown, Meath, Ireland C15 Y018

Pumpkin patch 2017 Ladyrath lane

Pumpkin patch is back!!!bigger and better!!!hundreds of pumpkins to choose from,pick buy and carve your pumpkins with us this Halloween.ticket includes face painting,indoor and outdoor games,bouncy castles,carving your pumpkin and much more!!enjoy coffee and treats in our coffee shop

Fancy dress competitions each day,best carving competition and much more!! this will sell out so book early!!

€10 per family of 4/5

€3 for single or additional entrants



Halloween fun at Clonfert Pet Farm

October 28 – October 31

Oct 28 at 10:30am to Oct 31 at 6pm

Clonfert Pet Farm

Clonfert, Maynooth, Kildare

Clonfert Pet farm Hlloween fun

We welcome back our Halloween event. Visit the HAUNTED STABLES and walk the spooky graveyard. Also facepainting and entertainment by Gretta Smarty Pants, childrens disco, and more!

Regular Admission applies on the day: Family €15, Single €5, 2 and under go free!

We also welcome Katie onboard the team here at Clonfert. Katie will be educating children on reptiles, holding hourly talks on the different types of reptiles whilst giving the children hands on experience to hold them.

** No booking required for Halloweeen**



Marlay Haunted Forest Walk on Sunday, 29 October.

Win one of five family passes to our annual Samhain Halloween event in Marlay Park.

Enter your details by Monday 23 October 2017. The lucky winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Dir comms Samhain halloween eveent

To enter, all you have to do is sign up to receive the dlr times by email.

Not for the faint hearted, this will be a free fright fest of spooky thrills and chills in our Haunted Forest Walk on Sunday, 29 October.

Each pass will comprise of 4 complimentary wristbands which will allow a family of four to enter the Haunted Forest at any of the separate attendance sessions.




Púca of Birr Castle-Kids Halloween Event

October 29 – October 30

Birr Castle Gardens

Green Street, Birr, Ireland

Birr Castle Puca of Birr

This Halloween we are celebrating the life of the 3rd Earl of Rosse who actually passed away on Halloween night 150 years ago. This Halloween, we will take you through a soul shivering story starting in the dark of the courtyard, through the anam of the Keep Gate and on into the Castle. The story will be animated by our amazing team who will bring to life the story of a nightmare ending for an astronomical genius…

The experience lasts 45 minutes and tickets are priced €12.50 per child (up to 16 yrs) and €8 per accompanying adult. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 7*.Recommended for children 7- 13 years(it is Halloween scary – if children are afraid of the dark this is not recommended, children must be supervised by parents at all times).

Pre-booking is essential. To book please T. 057 9120336 (on line tickets will be available shortly).

*Daytime activities will take place during the Halloween mid-term for our younger visitors.

Ticket Information:



Bray Beach Hallowe’en Market

Sunday, October 29 at 11AM – 5PM

Jim Doyle’s Bray

Strand Road, Bray, Ireland

Bray Beach halloween market

Bray Beach Hallowe’en Market haunts the fantastic, newly-renovated Jim Doyle’s in Bray on Sunday 29th October, 11am-5pm. Ramble round the wildly wonderful stalls, with a mix of craft, fashion, photography and more, and then treat yourself to a delicious Sunday roast in the brand, spanking new Bar in Jim Doyle’s. We might even indulge in a bit of apple dunking for the weekend that’s in it.



Me and the Moon Halloween Art Camps

Book your spot now for Halloween camps in Bray and Greystones.  Limited availability.

me and the moon art camps



Giddy Studios Halloween Art Camp

Oct 31 at 10am to Nov 3 at 3pm

Giddy Studios, Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland D16

Giddy studios Halloween art camp

Giddy Studios Creative Halloween Art Camp takes place in our Studio in Dundrum  Town Centre for 8 weeks of Summer. It’s the most flexible camp around where you can sign up for single days at €30 per day. Regular rate for a 5 day week is €129 however sign up to our database to get emails about

Things to Know:

Age: 5 to 11

Suited to Boys & Girls

Wear pre loved clothes due to the fabulous amount of glue & glitter used.

Crafts include: Pottery Painting (glazed on 1st day of camp week) + Pottery painted with acrylic paint on all other days; along with a multitude of lots of other paper & foam clay based crafts.

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.

Email with any questions.

Tuesday 31st October – Friday 3rd November

Time: 10am to 3pm (Optional Early Drop Facility at 9am €5 / Optional Late Collection Facility to 4pm €5)

Early Bird Offers




Coffee & Ballsbridge     Sept 2017  –  May 2018

September 26, 2017 – May 22, 2018

Panda Play Cafe

Panda play cafe

Old Belvedere RFC, 28A Anglesea Road, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 4

Join us at our regular meet up at Panda Play Cafe. It’s a fantastic way to get to know other FGG members over a coffee whilst the kids play in a safe environment and make new friends themselves.

This meet-up is open to families with children under the age 5yrs. For more information about Panda Play Cafe please visit :


Hope you like our suggestions!

Have a great October

Eimear x



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