Celebrate the Halloween season at one of the best parks in the city for fall foliage: Central Park. New Yorkers are invited to bring their very own carved pumpkin and float it in the Harlem Meer this Thursday, October 28.
Beware, though: only the first 50 people who show up will get to see their jack-o'-lanterns in the water. You can drop your creation off between 4pm and 5:30pm by the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. The flotilla will kick off at 6:30pm and you'll be able to take your pumpkin back home with you after that.
Make sure to abide by the following guidelines when working on your pumpkin:
- Artificial decorations are off limits as they will pollute the Harlem Meer. So make sure not to use any paper, food dye, paint, glitter or plastic when carving.
- Choose a regular-size pumpkin. It should weigh about 8 pounds after it's carved and be about the size of a soccer ball. Super big and/or mini gourds are not going to be accepted.
- If you're bringing a carved or gutted pumpkin, make sure to also have the top with you.
- Actual floats, bulbs and candles will be provided to you by the staff on premise so you don't need to bring any of that stuff along with you.