Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
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.
Schedule of Events
4pm - 5:45pm
Pumpkin Drop Off*
Pumpkin Carving by Hugh McMahon
6pm - 6:30pm
Halloween Costume Parade
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.
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 are provided when you register your jack-o’-lantern at the event.
Drop off your pumpkin: Go to the designated drop-off area near the Dana Discovery Center between 4pm and 5:45pm. 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 6:30pm), 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 the flotilla cannot be returned.