Halloween Archives - Central Park

Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure

hansel-webSafely back at home during the Halloween season, Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The brother and sister team once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City.

Show is recommended for children ages 3–9.

Performances take place Tuesday through Friday at 10:30AM and 12:00PM, Wednesdays at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, and 2:30PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM

$7 – $10


Special Halloween Day schedule with shows at 11AM, 1PM, 2:30PM, and 4PM.


Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
New York, NY 10023 United States

Halloween in Central Park

Halloween in New York's Central Park

Halloween in New York’s Central Park

Attention all urban ghouls and goblins – Halloween is fast approaching and there are a frightening array of fun events lined up this year in New York’s Central Park!    Each October, the Central Park Conservancy offers an array of free Halloween programming throughout the Park, which has included spider crafts, live bat programs, costume parades, pumpkin carving and cooking demonstrations, theatrical productions, spooktacular sports, scary storytelling and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla on the Harlem Meer. Read below for information on our 2012 schedule of Halloween programs. All programs are free and there is no advance registration.  All ages are welcome. Programs will happen weather permitting.
2012 Schedule of Halloween Programs

  • Bats at Belvedere
    Friday, October 26, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Belvedere Castle
    Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats and nocturnal strategies in this live animal encounter program with conservation biologist Rob Mies. Ages 4+.
  • Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
    Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Dana Discovery Center
    Enjoy spooky storytelling, crafts with marshmallows, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and more. Walk alongside Frankenstein in the costume parade at 5:45 pm, and then watch New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla drift by on the Meer at twilight. Please click the link to read more about how to participate in the sail, including pumpkin size and weight restrictions.

Halloween in Central Park. Boo.

Jack o' Lantern

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
October 24, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy crafts, a pumpkin carving demonstration, a costume parade and more! Bring a carved jack-o’-lantern and let it set sail in New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla at sunset.

Along Came a Spider Craft
October 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn which spiders live in Central Park and create your own eight-legged friend out of recycled materials to decorate your home with this holiday.

Halloween at Belvedere: A Monster Musical Adventure
October 30, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm

A young boy fights to save Halloween with help from some friendly monsters in this theatrical performance.

Spooktacular Sports
October 30, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Participate in Soccer “Ghoul” Kicking, “Freak” Throw Contests and more!

Halloween In Central Park

pumpOnce again the Central Park Conservancy is providing an entertaining array of Halloween activities including festive crafts, pumpkin carving, scary stories, and New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla! Wear your costume and get ready for a frightfully fun time! All events are FREE and will happen rain or shine. No advance registration.

Harlem Meer Social Hour:
Pumpkin Carving for Adults with Suzanne Beason
Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
At the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
Join us at our monthly series for adults as Suzanne Beason demonstrates how to carve and decorate a one-of-a-kind

Pumpkin Carving for Families
Friday, October 23, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
At the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
Create a jack-o’-lantern and display it in our annual Pumpkin Sail on Sunday, October 25. For children ages six years and older with an accompanying adult.

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
At the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
Enjoy spooky storytelling, pumpkin crafts, live saw music, yummy candy, and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla! Bring your own jack-o’-lantern to participate in the pumpkin sail. Great for all ages!

Halloween Crafts
Thursday, October 29, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
At Chess & Checkers House (Mid-Park at 64th Street)
Get in the Halloween spirit with a crafting extravaganza in Central Park. Great for all ages!

Spooks at Belvedere
Friday, October 30, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
At Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
What better place to celebrate Halloween than a spooky castle? Great for all ages!

For more information about these programs, click on the program names above.

Halloween in Central Park is provided by the Central Park Conservancy’s Public Programs staff at no cost to you, thanks to the generosity of foundations, corporations, and individual members. You can support us too! Learn more here:www.centralparknyc.org/support