At the NY Botanical Garden
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
September 21–October 31
Experience the thrills and chills of the season with a garden full of intricately carved pumpkin sculptures, bugs, bats, parades, and more. New this year, the HauntedPumpkinGarden features creepy creature encounters every weekend and the largest Spooky Nighttime Adventures trail ever! On October 19–20, watch master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network fame transform humongous pumpkins into unearthly creatures. It’s so much fun, it’s scary!
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s AdventureGarden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture your youngster’s imagination. Every day kids can play inside a “gourd-geous” Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, look for wiggly worms, and join a Halloween Parade, while every weekend offers even more treats.
Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities
Tuesdays–Fridays; 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
- Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays–1:30 p.m.; weekends–1 & 3 p.m.).
- Collect fallen fruits and seeds in your scavenger hunt bag.
- Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater.
- Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2 & 3:30 p.m.).
Weekend Fun: Ugh! Bugs & Creepy Creatures of Halloween
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 12 & 2 p.m.
At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions (Except 10/19-20 when at the Discovery Plaza)
Some of the animals that make us scream are actually the coolest animals around. Come slither, slide, creep, and scurry along with us and learn why these “creepy” animals aren’t so scary after all. Participants will meet critters from around the world for some hands-on animal presentations and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats