Halloween on the Harlem Meer: Pumpkin Flotilla

Halloween on the Harlem Meer: Pumpkin Flotilla
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

October 28, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Watch the Harlem Meer get spooky! 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 in New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla.

New this year: pumpkin owners may retrieve their carved pumpkins at the conclusion of the flotilla at 6.30 pm from the Harlem Meer beach near Fifth Avenue and East 108th Street.

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and celebrate Halloween on the Harlem Meer.

Pumpkin Flotilla Information

Thursday, October 28
Drop off between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm

Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by our information table located at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Plaza for directions to the drop-off location.

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!)

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