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Bring your carved pumpkin from 4-5:30 p.m. and join us for Bond Park's Pumpkin Flotilla! Pumpkins will set sail across the Bond Park Lake at twilight (approximately 6:30 p.m.). Enjoy a discounted boat ride (available to those who enter a pumpkin or dress in appropriate Halloween costumes) and a snack from our concession stand while you wait to watch your pumpkin float on the lake.

On-site registration only on day of event at 4 p.m. onward.

Music: 5-6:30 p.m.

Pumpkin Flotilla Guidelines

  • Get a pumpkin: Bring a pumpkin, approximately the size of a soccer ball, that weighs about 8 pounds after it’s carved. Mini or extra-large pumpkins cannot be accepted for the flotilla.
  • Get creative: Pumpkins will be attached through the base. All pumpkins must come with tops (lids) and be gutted and carved at home. Jack-o’-lanterns with artificial decorations, such as paint, glitter, marker, food dye, paper, plastic, light bulbs, candles, or floats cannot be accepted for the flotilla. A light and floating device will be provided when you register your jack-o’-lantern at the event.
  • Drop off your pumpkin: The designated drop-off area is near the Boathouse between 4 pm and 5:30 pm. Space in the flotilla is limited to 60 pumpkins, so make sure your creation meets all the requirements.

Watch Bond Lake get spooky at twilight (about 6:30 pm). Find a spot along the edge of the lake and watch as the jack-o’-lanterns float by in Cary's only pumpkin flotilla.

Flotilla route

float map

Please note: Pumpkins in our flotilla cannot be returned. Thank you for your contribution to our event.