NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Big Apple is paying tribute to the pumpkin this weekend, with several fall harvest and family-friendly Halloween events across the boroughs.
The Pumpkin Festival at the Central Park Bandshell is New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season.
Free activities will include pumpkin decorating, free pumpkin picking for the youngsters and a look at the NY Giant Pumpkin, weighing in at 1,436 pounds.
The NY Rangers will also be a part of the event, hosting a slapshot booth where kids and adults alike can test their hockey stick skills.
Additionally on Saturday, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is hosting Ghouls and Gourds 2011. The inexpensive event will featury tours of the Victorian Toy Parlor, stilt dancing, Tibetan trumpets and Flaminogo Croquet. Kids under 12 get in free.
Brooklyn will also host the Harvest Festival at Weeksville Heritage Center, with free pumpkin canning and seed saving workshops.
If you and your family have your costumes prepared for the big holiday, you can check out the Eskaltors/Toothaches Halloween Show at Spike Hill in Brooklyn.
Finally, the Muppets will also be making an appearance in Brooklyn this weekend. Union Hall will open a vault which stores all classic, rare and unreleased videos from the Muppets, along with Sesame Street and the works of Jim Henson.
The event is open to all ages – but there will be cocktails for the grown-ups. There will be Halloween-inspired fun and a special screening of the Muppet Show.