New York City is certainly not starved when it comes to dope Halloween plans (Brew at the Zoo, anyone?), but while we all love a good party, don't you sometimes want some classic, spooky fun?

If you've ever been around Central Park around dusk, you should be able to imagine that it's the perfect backdrop for some Halloween festivities.

On Sunday, October 30th, the Central Park Conservancy will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Flotilla– at twilight, they'll be sending 50 jack o'lanterns across the Harlem Meer.

And guess what? One of those lanterns could be your own creation! 

If you think you've got some serious pumpkin carving game, you can drop off your completed jack o'lantern at one of the two designated drop-off areas near the Dana Discovery Center between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Make sure you follow the guidelines; the pumpkin should weigh about 8 pounds after it's carved, which is approximately the size of a soccer ball. 

Also, don't use any artificial decorations―and that includes paint, glitter, marker, food due, paper, plastic, lightbulbs, candles, or floats.

When you register your lantern at the event, a light and a floatation device will be provided.


If you're just looking to spectate the magical procession, the festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. There will also be a Halloween costume parade, pumpkin carving demonstrations, halloween crafts, spooky stories, and some live music.

To RSVP for the Pumpkin Flotilla, read the schedule of events, and the full list of guidelines, check out the NYC Parks website.

[via TimeOut] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]