The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at NYBG

September 20-October 31.

This year, The Haunted Pumpkin Garden combines  the spooky fun of Halloween festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26. More information is available at nybg.org/halloween.

Bring your whole family to enjoy this exciting annual tradition at the Garden. This year, The Haunted Pumpkin Gardencombines the spooky fun of Halloween festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26.

Programs

Ongoing Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities

Tuesdays–Fridays; 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 13; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

  • Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater.
  • Play inside the Pumpkin House.
  • Watch a pumpkin seed sprout.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Join a Halloween Parade at 1 or 3 p.m. (on weekends, and including October 13 and 31).

 

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Saturdays and Sundays, September 21–October 27
and Monday, October 13; 12 & 2 p.m.
At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions (October 18, 19, 25, & 26 on Daffodil Hill)
Some of the animals that make us scream are actually the coolest animals around. Meet some new critters from our big backyard and beyond during this live presentation and discover the unique adaptations that help them survive in their habitats.

Pumpkin Picasso with Master Carver Ray Villafane

Thursday, October 16; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Master Carver Ray Villafane has amazed the public with his spectacular pumpkin creations for more than a decade. Back by popular demand, Ray will use this intensive one-day workshop to show participants his carving techniques so they can sculpt their own amazing pumpkin masterpieces. Participants will also get a sneak peek of the massive pumpkin Ray will be carving for the upcoming Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend on October 18 and 19. Reservation includes a pumpkin; all necessary tools, including Ray’s signature carving kit; parking; and a bagged lunch.

$120 Member / $125 Non–MemberLimited to 18 carvers.
To reserve call 718.817.8703 or e-mail membership@nybg.org

Spooky Nighttime Adventures

October 18, 24, 25, & 31; 6:30–8:30 p.m. (timed entries at 6:30 & 7:15 p.m.)
Throughout the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Spooky nights just got spookier! Grab a ConEdison flashlight and explore the exhibit as you travel along the Whole Foods Market® Trick-or-Treat Trail after dark. Listen for critters of the night or sit in on a spooky ghost story. Capture a family photo with larger-than-life skeletons and costumed characters. For those who dare, see the giant pumpkin displays illuminated in the darkness and journey along the meandering Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail. See more details.

Budding Masters Creepy Pumpkin Carving Adventure

October 4, 11, 18, and 25; 10 a.m–12 p.m.
MasterCard cardholders get insider access to The Haunted Pumpkin Garden with carving tips, an introduction to the artists, and the opportunity to create their own jack-o’-lantern masterpiece. The $50 workshop covers all materials and includes anAll-Garden Pass for one adult and one child. For more information, visit priceless.com/newyork or purchase your tickets here.

Weekends and Monday Holidays:
$25 Adult
$22 Student/Senior
$10 Children 2-12

Free Children under 2

Weekdays:
$20 Adult
$18 Student/Senior
$8 Children 2 – 12

Free Children under 2

 

Spooky Nighttime Adventures

October 18, 24, 25, & 31; 6:30–8:30 p.m. (timed entries at 6:30 & 7:15 p.m.)
Throughout the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Now with more spooky fun! Grab a ConEdison flashlight and explore the exhibit as you travel along the Whole Foods Market®Trick-or-Treat Trail after dark. Listen for critters of the night or sit in on a spooky ghost story. Capture a family photo with larger-than-life skeletons and costumed characters. For those who dare, see the giant pumpkin displays illuminated in the darkness and journey along the meandering Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail.

Ongoing evening activities:

  • Enjoy the antics of costumed characters created by Lucretia Novoa and Alice Farley at the Visitor Center.
  • Listen in on ghost stories at the Wild Wetland Trail gazebo.
  • Decorate a treat bag and go exploring along the Whole Foods Market® Trick-or-Treat Trail.
  • Stop by the Clay Pavilions to purchase snacks and beverages.
  • Practice the sounds of the night at the Boulders by calling for creatures like owls, bats, toads, and crickets.
  • Dig for decomposers or dissect owl pellets at the Discovery Center.
  • At the Dodge Activity Center, decorate a gourd and take home carving tips.

 

Adults and kids of all ages: Non-Member $20/Member $15
Advance tickets recommended

For more information, visit nybg.org

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  1. my favorite fall activity with my family is apple/pumpkin picking.

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  2. Walks through the park and excited to try apple and pumpkin picking this year

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  3. Love fall festivals, pumpking picking, and all Halloween events!

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  4. An awesome family Fall activity!! 🙂

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  5. My kids love this…can’t wait to go back this year!

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  6. We went to the Haunted Pumpkin Garden last year and we loved it!! That’s one of our favorites! We also love apple picking!

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  7. My kiddies love apple picking aand pumpkin picking during the fall seaaon.

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  8. I love Halloween I want to win badly

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