Dublin, Ireland: Glasnevin Cemetery Halloween Mid-Term Tales Tour & Botantic Gardens

Today we met up with friends to take the Children’s Mid-Term Tales Tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery.  Glasnevin Cemetery hosted a one-of-a kind Halloween tour for children aged 6 – 12, running  The tour will be given by the Ace of Spades, who will terrifically terrify you with tales of gruesome truths and funny folklore. Are you curious to discover how the legend of the headless horse man came to pass or perhaps you’d like to hear the story of the unfortunate Vincent brothers and the cursed ‘Black Aggie’ statue?   The tour guys Alan and Warren very amusing!



We first ate our lunch at the Whitworth Pub where the kids had their faces painted and then we headed off for a quick look at the decorated pumpkins at the Botanic Gardens.


With their faces painted and costumes on – we set out for the tour with Alan and Warren.


maebh and nina faces


It was really fun and the cemetery is really nice –  after being here for 3 years, it was our first time.   It’s a very peaceful, beautiful place and next time we’re at the Botanic Gardens for a walk through, we’ll pop over here being so close it’s a must.


Halloween Pumpkin Decorating @ the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Last year during our visit to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnvein, our kids learned of a pumpkin decorating contest held at every year the week before Halloween – so you better believe come Halloween this year, our kids will be all over it!  A classmate of Soren entered last year – so assuming he’ll be there again this year.  And a girl from soccer told Maebh she was entering too, so we’ll be sure to look for her entry too.

The decorated pumpkins which are being entered into the contest are due this Saturday so were in full action on getting their pumpkins ready.

After much internet searching including Pinterest.com and thinking, the kids have made up their minds.  Soren’s pumpkin is going to be an eye.

Here are a few photos of the current pumpkin state …. will be sure you post the final results.

see the eye?


Maebh’s is a pink pumpkin with melted crayola crayons dripping down in.  With some feathers on it she is going to call it sparkly feather – or so that what her plan is with it.

But the paint used on Maebh’s pumpkin didn’t stick and it peeled off, she decided to change it up.  It is now covered with glitter and has melted crayons down the side and will sit on a plate of feathers.

and the final pumpkins which are ready to be entered …

and the FINAL PRODUCTS – Feather Sparkles and Eyeclops were entered today in the contest.

I took some photos of the other pumpkins which were also submitted.  Very cute & creative ideas.  Of course, Trumpkins are a hit this year during the presidential election.

So many creative pumpkins – it was a lot of fun looking at each one.

Botanic Gardens, Dublin – Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Competition

The kids and I, along with another American mom/kids headed over to visit the Botanic Gardens for a bit and while there, we checked out the pumpkin displays. Nils and I visited with the kids not that long ago, but we had a great time and will return.

Next year the kids are entering – no exceptions.  We saw the pumpkin of a boy in Soren’s class & his younger brother’s pumpkin.


If you want to visit:
You can find their address and contact information here:  Botanic Gardens Dublin