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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Central Park Conservancy
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Sunday, October 30, 2016

3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
(inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)


Bring the whole family and come celebrate Halloween in Central Park. Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade, and the Central Park Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!  This year’s event will also include live bat encounter presentations by the Organization for Bat Conservation.

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

Schedule of Events

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm         Pumpkin Flotilla Drop Off*

                                       Live music by Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground

                                       Live bat encounter presentations by Organization for Bat Conservation

                                       Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations with Hugh McMahon

                                       Halloween Crafts


3:45 pm – 5:30 pm        Spooky Stories with Story Laurie

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm        Halloween Costume Parade

6:30 pm                          Pumpkin Flotilla Launch

*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. Turn in your pumpkin between 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Pumpkin Flotilla launch point, located at the northwest corner of the Harlem Meer.

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, located at the northwest corner of the Harlem Meer, between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Space in the flotilla is limited to 50 pumpkins, so 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!

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

For more information about the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla, please call the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at 212.860.1370