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NYC botanical garden and park guide: Fall 2012

Time Out Kids unveils its latest NYC botanical garden and park guide for fall 2012, with events your family won't want to miss this autumn.

  • Wave Hill Enchanted Forest

  • Photograph: Jason Gardner

    Ghouls and Gourds

  • Photograph: Jason Gardner

    Ghouls and Gourds

  • Chile Pepper Fiesta

  • Chile Pepper Fiesta

  • Photograph: Victor Chu

    Visitors explore Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens in the Ruth Rea Howell Family...

  • NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Thain Family Forest at NYBG

  • Thain Family Forest at NYBG

Wave Hill Enchanted Forest

3. Celebrate Halloween en plein air
Because of their many hiding places and occasional deep, dark woods, the city's parks and gardens make the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. At Central Park's annual (Oct 28 4--6:30pm), little ones can take part in crafts at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, don their costumes in a Halloween procession and set their finest, candle-lit jack-o'-lantern afloat to join the pumpkin flotilla on Harlem Meer. After getting snowed out in 2011, this year's Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Oct 27 noon--6pm) promises to be better than ever, with communal craft projects, musical gourds and mini costumed revelers marching through the garden with giant puppets. Up in the Bronx, the NYBG reprises its Haunted Pumpkin Garden (Oct 6--31; times vary), which transforms the Everett Children's Garden into a spooky hollow populated by scary pumpkin creatures, bats and creepy bugs. Young visitors can join in a costume parade, watch master pumpkin carver Ray Villefane ply his trade, put on a performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, and take part in less Halloween-y projects such as planting buckwheat seeds and collecting fallen leaves and nuts.

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