Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Sunday, October 25, 2015

3:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and, of course, Central Park Conservancy’s signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight! Participation is free; all ages are welcome. Tickets are not required; RSVP to let us know you’re coming. 

Members-only Perkpre-register online to reserve space in the flotilla for your pumpkin by Friday, October 23. (Please remember to bring your membership card with you).

Non-Members: On-site registration only on day of event (Sunday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m.) to reserve space in the flotilla for your pumpkin.

Schedule of Events

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Flotilla Drop Off
Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations
Halloween Crafts
Live Music

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Spooky Stories

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Spooky Stories

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Halloween Parade

6:30 p.m.
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 will be provided when you register your jack-o’-lantern at the event. 

Drop off your pumpkin: We will have two designated drop-off areas near the Dana Discovery Center between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 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 p.m.), 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


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park Accessible
110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue
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Event Organizer

Central Park Conservancy

Contact Number

(212) 860-1370

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