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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

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  • Oct. 30, 2019, 4:00-7:00pm
  • Central Park - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
  • Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, Central Park
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in Central Park! Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch, and the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight.

This event is FREE and open to all ages. Tickets are not required.

Event details are subject to change based on weather conditions.


Schedule of Events


4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Pumpkin Drop Off*
Pumpkin Carving by Hugh McMahon
Halloween Crafts
Spooky Stories

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Halloween Costume Parade

6:30 pm

Pumpkin Flotilla Launch

7:00 pm

Event Ends


Pumpkin Flotilla Guidelines:


Get a pumpkin: Bring a pumpkin that weighs about 8 pounds after it’s carved – that’s approximately the size of a soccer ball. Mini or extra-large pumpkins cannot be accepted for the flotilla.

Get creative: All pumpkins must come with tops and be gutted and carved at home. Jack-o’-lanterns with artificial decorations, such as paint, glitter, marker, food dye, paper, plastic, light bulbs, candles, or floats cannot be accepted for the flotilla. A light and floating device will be provided when you register your jack-o’-lantern at the event.

Drop off your pumpkin: We will have a designated drop-off area near the Dana Discovery Center between 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm. Space in the flotilla is limited to 50 pumpkins and is first come, first served. Please make sure your creation meets all the requirements.

Watch the Harlem Meer get spooky! Once the activities are finished at twilight (about 6:30 pm), find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer and watch as the jack-o’-lanterns float by in New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla!

*Conservancy members are invited to bring their pumpkins for display in our Festive Member Pumpkin Patch. Please register here and bring your membership ID to drop off your pumpkins at the event.

Please note: Pumpkins in our flotilla cannot be returned. Thank you for your contribution to our event.

About Central Park - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

Central Park, NY