Great Pumpkin Float at Neponset's Pope John Paul II Park
One of the most unique and popular Halloween-related events – the DCR Neponset Great Pumpkin Float – will take place this year on Saturday, October 20th at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester. This is the eleventh year of a Dorchester tradition when hundreds of costumed children and their families, as well as enthusiastic individuals will participate in the floating parade of illuminated jack-o-lanterns down Davenport Creek to the Neponset River.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., participants can bring a 6 – 8 inch pumpkin that has been carved at home to the Hallet Street entrance to the park to be mounted on a special individual float. Each jack-o-lantern will have a candle inserted and lit before being launched en mass in the water. Floats and candles will be provided. The result will be a beautiful water parade of spooky pumpkins. Free hot cocoa and candy treats too. The event is free and no registration is required. . Pumpkins will be collected for composting and floats are recycled for next year’s event making this a green tradition.
If inclement weather, please call DCR at 617-333-7404 for updates.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is pleased to sponsor this popular event with the Boston Natural Areas Network.