Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park

Celebrate the Halloween season at one of the best park’s in the city for fall foliage: Central Park.

central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla


Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail

Date: October 28, 2018, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
(inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
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 include live bat encounter presentations by the Organization for Bat Conservation.

This event is free and open to all ages. Tickets are not required.

It’s time for the annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail in Central Park. Drop off your finest jack-o’-lantern (5 to 10 lbs) at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and at dusk, watch it set sail in Harlem Meer. Wear your costume and bring a carved jack-o’-lantern before 5:30 pm for spooky music, crafts, live entertainment, a parade, and New York City’s largest pumpkin sail parade. Before the main event at dusk, kids are invited to show off their most creative costumes in a parade, dance to the Monster Mash and other Halloween songs by live musicians or work on creepy crafts. The event is free, with no registration required, but keep in mind, it is weather permitting.

Schedule of Events

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm Pumpkin Drop Off*
Pumpkin Carving by Hugh McMahon
Halloween Crafts
Spooky Stories
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Halloween Costume Parade
6:30 pm Pumpkin Flotilla Launch


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