Halloween on the Harlem Meer

Thursday, October 27
4:00 pm–7:00 pm

Drop off your carved pumpkin and find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer to watch as the jack-o’-lanterns float by. It’s New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla—and it’s not to be missed!

Pumpkin Flotilla Information

Drop off between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm

Space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Pumpkins will be accepted until 5:.30 pm or until all spots are filled, whichever comes first. Stop by our information table located at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center for directions to the drop-off location.

Pumpkin Guidelines

DO bring a pumpkin that weighs about eight pounds after it’s carved (approximately the size of a soccer ball).

DON’T bring mini or extra-large pumpkins; they will not fit on the flotilla.

DO bring carved, gutted pumpkins with their tops.

DON’T bring pumpkins with artificial decorations, such as paint, glitter, marker, food dye, paper, or plastic. They’ll pollute the Harlem Meer and harm the wildlife.

DON’T bring light bulbs, candles, or floats. (We’ll provide these!)

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

Please note: Event details are subject to change based on weather conditions. Join the Central Park Conservancy’s Halloween on the Harlem Meer mailing list to receive event news, information, and last-minute notices about this year’s event.

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Ensuring the health and safety of our guests, our staff, and the public is our top priority. Central Park Conservancy programs follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City. At this time, the Conservancy does not require visitors to be vaccinated or wear masks at our events. However, all participants should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell.

Read about policies related to COVID-19, inclement weather, and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.