Children and animals have a special bond.
Nothing lights up the smallies’ faces faster than a tete-a-tete with a furry friend.
Leahy’s Open Farm in Dungourney has long ago unlocked this magic and welcomes visitors from across the county each week to pet their eclectic mix of residents including bunnies, lambs, goats, ponies, llamas, and even a snake or two.
This October, the farm is rolling out the spider webs to host BOO, an outdoor Halloween event with activities that include chancing your arm in the witch’s lair, where the kiddos will help the little old witch gather special ingredients to make her spell.
Brave adventure seekers can also head to the haunted hay ride through the woods to discover what mischievous ghouls lurk in the shadows.
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Attendees will also be invited to pick and carve their own pumpkins and even make a spooky lollipop on the day. If that’s not enough excitement, parents will be pleased to know that entry to the farm is included in the ticket price and kids can also hop on the barrel train ride, play a round of crazy golf, brave the big drop slide, explore the fairy garden or get lost in the mystery maze.
There is also a cafe with homemade ice cream for when you need a pick-me-up.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up for the experience (that means you mams and dads) and to wear warm clothes underneath if the weather is cold.
Tickets for the BOO experience cost €22.50 per person, which includes entry to the witch’s lair, the haunted hay ride, and entry to the open farm. Add-ons include pumpkin carving for €5 per person and the custom spooky lolly is €6.50.
Parents are advised that buggies will not be able to go on the haunted hay ride and rides on the regular farm experience are extra. For dates and tickets, head to the Leahy’s Open Farm website.