Central Park’s Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is back!
On Thursday, October 28, all are invited to celebrate Halloween in Central Park and watch the Harlem Meer glow with 50 floating jack-o’-lanterns. Those interested in having their pumpkin on the water must bring a pumpkin that weighs about eight pounds (after it’s already carved), and are asked to drop off their carved creation at between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at their designated drop off area by the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.
The 50 that hit the water are chosen on a first come, first served basis and mini or extra-large pumpkins won’t be accepted.
Here are some other best practices:
- DO bring carved, gutted pumpkins with their tops.
- DON’T bring pumpkins with artificial decorations, such as paint, glitter, marker, food dye, paper, or plastic. They’ll pollute the Harlem Meer and harm the wildlife.
- DON’T bring light bulbs, candles, or floats. (We’ll provide these!)
And a new practice this year is that pumpkin owners may retrieve their carved pumpkins at the conclusion of the flotilla at 6.30 p.m. from the Harlem Meer beach near Fifth Avenue and East 108th Street.
Also for this year, the flotilla will actually cap off multiple days of fun Halloween activities. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Oct. 26 there will be Halloween crafts and magical family-friendly entertainment from 4-6 p.m. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 27 head on over for a spooky scavenger hunt with ghostly treats also at the Harlem Meer. For all events, costumes are highly encouraged!
It’s all free to attend, so there’s no reason not to stop by! For all the details on pumpkin guidelines and where to go, click here.
Also just an FYI: Central Park Conservancy programs do not require fully vaccinated individuals to social distance or wear masks; however according to New York State guidelines “Unvaccinated individuals are still responsible for continuing to wear a mask, per federal CDC guidance.”
Also published on Medium.