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. Tickets are not required; RSVP to let us know you're coming. Open to all ages. In case of inclement weather, please check our website for updates.
Members-only Perk:Pre-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: 3:30pm) to reserve space in the flotilla for your pumpkin.
Schedule of Events
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Pumpkin Flotilla Drop Off Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations Halloween Crafts Live Music
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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 pm and 5:30 pm. 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 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! Please note: Pumpkins in our flotilla cannot be returned. Thank you for your contribution to our event.
About Central Park Conservancy Central Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. Central Park Conservancy raises 75% of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful.