A life-size skeleton puppet surrounded by several children wearing puffy jackets during the night

Pumpkin Parade Weekend

October 22 & 23, 2022

11 a.m.–4 p.m. | At the Garden

Some of the country’s largest gourds are on hand for a pumpkin party unlike any other! Get crafty with wands and shakers ahead of our Pumpkin Parade, and dress up in your best Halloween outfit as you walk down Garden Way with larger-than-life skeletons and acrobats. Then explore enormous pumpkins from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth—some weighing in at over a ton—along with live pumpkin carving from artist Adam Bierton, winner of Food Network’s Halloween Wars.

Giant Pumpkins on Display

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Explore some of the largest pumpkins in the country on display right here at NYBG, some weighing in at over a ton!

a giant pumpkin sitting on a wooden platform

Meet the Growers: Q&A and Seed Harvesting

1 & 3 p.m.

Meet the growers of some of the largest pumpkins in the country, which at the peak of growth can put on up to 50 lbs. of weight a day. Hear how they do it and learn more about these monstrous gourds.

two adult men picking out pumpkin seeds from a large green and orange pumpkin in the Reflecting Pool