Tis the season for fall festivals and Halloween fun in New York City, and what better place to celebrate the changing seasons than beautiful Governors Island, which has again extended its season through Halloween and filled its October calendar with plenty of fun.
For the second consecutive year, the Friends of Governors Island invite big-city dwellers to hop on a ferry and enjoy a classic small-town Halloween at Pumpkin Point. The fun kicks off the weekend of October 20, with a pumpkin patch in Nolan Park.
Visitors can wander among the gourds for fun fall photo ops, purchase small- and medium-sized pumpkins to cart home, and enjoy seasonal eats and treats including "ghoulash," warm cider, mini pumpkin pies and more. Parents, in particular, will appreciate the fall beer garden! Live entertainment will be on hand and the folks from the Children's Museum of the Arts will lead pumpkin-painting activities.
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Beyond the pumpkin patch, you can warm up for the big holiday with a trick-or-treating event on Saturday, October 27. The historic officers' houses in Nolan Park will serve as the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of suburban-style door-to-door treat-collecting.
If that's not enough to get you headed for the ferry in the crisp, fall air, there are more fun happenings including a teen-friendly augmented reality experience, plus all the usual good times on "the Gov," from Slide Hill to zip lines, and the adventure playground.
Whether you've been a regular this season, or you haven't made it to the isle yet, the clock is ticking. Governors Island is open seven days a week through Wednesday, October 31. Weekend hours are from 10am-7pm; weekdays the island closes at 6pm.
Photos courtesy of Friends of Governors Island