Halloween at New York Botanical Garden
Dates & Times
Tuesdays – Sundays
September 21 – October 31, 2019
+ Columbus Day, Monday, 10/14
10 am – 6 pm
All-Garden Pass Tickets
Seniors (65+): $25
Students (with valid ID): $25
Children (2–12): $12
Children under 2: Free
Seniors (65+): $20
Students (with valid ID): $20
Children (2–12): $10
Children under 2: Free
*Ticket prices are subject to change depending on season and current exhibition.
*Excludes Community Grounds Membership levels
Meet Creepy Creatures
Saturdays & Sundays, October 12 – 27, 12 & 2 pm at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions, visitors can come face-to-face with snakes, bats, and other critters to learn about the critical role they play in our ecosystems and how they help the environment thrive.
Rad Reptiles! with the Alley Pond Environmental Center
October 12, 13, and 14, at 12 & 2 pm
Owls and Bats! with Center for Environmental Education and Discovery
October 19 and 20, at 12 & 2 pm
Creepy and Crawly: Insects, Arachnids, and Worms! with the Alley Pond Environmental Center
October 26 and 27, at 12 & 2 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, October 18, 19, 25, and 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Break out your best costume, grab a flashlight, and go on a nighttime adventure to seek out the secrets of the Spooky Pumpkin Garden, exploring the twisting trails of the Adventure Garden. Come face-to-face with mysterious skeletons, discover the secretive lives of creatures of the
night, and pick up wholesome treats along the way. (Special ticket required, Non-Members $25, Members $20) ADVANCED PURCHASE RECOMMENDED to guarantee admission.
Get Moving During a Monster Mash Dance Party
Shake off the cobwebs and bust out your best dance moves as Uptown Vinyl Supreme spins favorite hits. Uptown Vinyl Supreme is a Bronx-based DJ collective and community organization paying homage to the analog roots of music, party, and dance culture.
Meet Giant Skeletons on Parade
Larger-than-life skeletons, specially commissioned by Bronx-based puppeteer Lucrecia Novoa, are on hand to greet you.
See Expert Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations with Adam Bierton
Watch as amazing pumpkin faces and designs emerge from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Adam Bierton is a professional sculptor and pumpkin carver and winner of the Food Network series Halloween Wars.
Direct Your Own Shadow Puppet Show
Find out how to bring simple stories to life in unconventional ways with shadow puppet demonstrations by the award-winning Hit the Lights! Theater Company.
Pumpkin Carving Face Off
Saturday, October 19, from 1 – 4 pm, in the Leon Levy Visitor Center. Watch as carving experts compete to be NYBG’s carver of the season. Master carver Adam Bierton hosts a pumpkin carving contest among some of the top New York City-area pumpkin carving artists.
Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations
Sunday, October 20, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, from 1 to 3 pm. Watch as a master carver transforms pumpkins of all shapes and sizes into spooky works of art. Then pick up an expertly-designed stencil and make your own spooky creation at home.
Giant Pumpkin Weekend
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. Gargantuan pumpkins from around the country—some weighing more than a ton—once again arrive at The New York Botanical Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Visitors can meet the growers to learn more about the growing process during Q & A sessions and snap a selfie next to these gargantuan gourds.
The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Open all day for exploration, with guided activities on weekdays, 1:30 – 5:30 pm, and weekends, 10 am – 5:30 pm. Visitors can explore more than a hundred friendly larger-than-life scarecrows set among unusual pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes; spruce up their Halloween décor by potting up their own ghostly dusty miller plant to take home; put on their own bone-rattling puppet show; and investigate a mysterious Victorian playhouse.
Getting There/ Directions
Public transportation is the easiest way to get to the Garden. During peak visitation times, parking in and around the Garden may be at capacity.