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Night Of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns

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  • Oct. 17, 2019 through Oct. 27, 2019, 5-10pm
  • Governors Island
  • Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor
  • All Ages
  • $26 Adults; $22 children ages 3-17; Free for children ages 2 and under

The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns invites you to Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, a truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt on Governors Island!

Upon arrival on the island, it’s a short walk to the jack o’lantern trail. Along the way, you’ll take in breathtaking nighttime views of the Manhattan skyline and then pass by the spooky Castle Williams, a former military fort and prison built in the early 1800’s. Once on trail, you’ll see our LED lit jack o’lanterns staged along a festive, paved, illuminated tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries old buildings. It’s Halloween in the Harbor, like you’ve never seen it before!

Come experience over 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns all hand-carved by paid artists using REALpumpkins! It’s the only event of its kind within New York City and accessible by the subway! Accept no imitations and get immersed in the real pumpkin experience!

You know those intricately carved 100+ pound pumpkins we’re famous for? Expect 25% more on-trail this year! These ephemeral works of art are meticulously hand-painted and hand-carved by dozens of talented artists who put upwards of 20 hours of work into each pumpkin to make them perfect for your enjoyment!

If you were at Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns in 2017, you may remember that we lit up a few trees. This year, we’re lighting the path in a whole new way! Step away from New York’s big buildings and come walk through a forest of light unlike anything else you’ve ever seen before!

We’re bringing in some of the top pumpkin sculptors in the country to carve a dozen of the most jaw-dropping externally-carved pumpkin sculptures you’ll ever see! You’ll find them along the trail submerged in a super-secret-solution so they’ll be preserved for the entire month of October!

 You’ll feel truly immersed in a corridor of jack o’lanterns that seem to RISE up out of the ground! And, yes, they’ll be close enough to touch, and please do! Just don’t scratch or poke them - any abrasions cause them to rot quicker and we need them to stay alive!

We get quite a lot of compliments on the music you hear at The RISE each year. This year we’re taking the sounds of the RISE to a new level. Expect to hear more songs you’re familiar with but with a new Halloween twist to get you in the spirit of the season.

Want to see some of our carvers in action? Check out our live carving demonstrations. We’ll have a few of our top jack o’lantern artists carving live and answering your carving questions so you can take that knowledge home and make your doorstep jack o’lanterns the envy of the neighborhood!

Our jack o’lantern trails are well lit and well staffed to ensure that the experience is always safe and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. Come visit us and enjoy a unique, family-friendly experience that will last a lifetime!

About Governors Island

Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan

New York Harbor , NY


  • Standard hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm


    The Friends of Govenors Island is the independent nonprofit that supports the Island with volunteers, financial resources and advocacy.


    • Work in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island and the National Park Service
    • Run the Island’s volunteer and membership programs
    • Raise money to supplement public funding for the Island
    • Act as the Island’s champion at City Hall and the nation’s capital

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