Central Park Conservancy Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

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Bring the whole family and come celebrate Halloween in Central Park. Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade, and the Central Park Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight! 

This year’s event will also includes live bat encounter presentations by the Organization for Bat Conservation.

This event is free and open to all ages. Tickets are not required. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

Schedule of Activities

3:30  p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Pumpkin Flotilla Drop Off*
  • Live music by Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground
  • Live bat encounter presentations by Organization for Bat Conservation.
  • Pumpkin carving demonstrations with Hugh McMahon
  • Halloween crafts

3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Spooky Stories with Story Laurie
5:45: p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Halloween Costume Parade
6:30 p.m.: Pumpkin Flotilla Launch - Watch the Harlem Meer get spooky! Once the activities are finished at twilight (about 6:30 pm), 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! 

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. Turn in your pumpkin between 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pumpkin Flotilla launch point, located at the northwest corner of the Harlem Meer.

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 one designated drop-off area, located at the northwest  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. Members-only Perk: pre-register online to reserve space in the flotilla for your pumpkin by Friday, October 28. Please remember to bring your membership card.

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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Central Park Conservancy

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(212) 860-1370

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