Last weekend my fiancé and I took our nieces to the New York Botanical Garden – Haunted Pumpkin Garden.

We arrived late in the afternoon and all the extra activities were finished, but the girls still had a good time.

They walked through the haunted trails excitedly, found their way through a maze, jumped mud puddles, played with puppets and saw an astonishing 272 lbs watermelon and a massive 2,008 lbs pumpkin (the largest in America).

Meanwhile Antonio and I were loving the decorations, enjoying the crisp Fall air and the colorful foliage.

There were hundreds if not thousands of scary faced pumpkins around the garden.  Ghouls and creatures were also on display. All leading towards a creepy gigantic pumpkin carving by the world’s best carver Ray Villafane.

Browse through the slides to see fun pictures of our adventure in the Haunted Garden and fall in love with the dazzling green, red and yellow autumn colors we all love so much.

 Here are 3 tips to save money during your trip:

  1. Bring your own snacks/food  – while they sell fairly priced snacks in the garden you will find yourself out of a lot of loot by the time  your day is done.  Kids will get thirsty, hungry and will want you to buy everything they find on sight.  Having a couple of snacks handy can help you cut your expenses.
  2. Scan LivingSocial Local Events for discounted tickets  – that’s how we got ours and we saved $5 per adult and $2 per children.
  3. Trade in your day tickets for a family membership – we enjoyed the NYBG event  so much that we decided to get a family membership.  We applied our LivingSocial discounted tickets to our membership fee and we only paid the difference. This is a great investment if you think you will be going a few times per year.

And now that we have a membership, these are the events we are looking forward to attending:

*not included in the family membership, however we will get discounted tickets

Thanks for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this adventure as much as we did!

Xo, Lucky

PS We were photo-bombed by a  pumpkin!

Pumpkin Festival #hauntednybg

A photo posted by Lucky Seven Ten (@luckyseventen) on


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  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg how fun does this place look!!! Fall is such a fabulously fun time of year if you embrace it ;-)

    • It really was @courtneylynnestorms:disqus! I can’t wait to take full advantage of my membership. Thanks for reading :)

  • Mariamichelle117

    TI would

  • Mariamichelle117

    I would love to atend this event. Those pumpkins look like so much fun to see and take photos of. Thank you for sharing.

  • Juliana RW

    Looks really amazing place to visit. Thanks for sharing us the photos:D

  • Looks like a fun event!

  • looks super fun, love that photobombing going on their lol.

  • Thank you for the tip. I will have to bring my son to The Holiday Train Show”

    • I think he will love it. I’m definitely bringing my nieces and nephews now that we are members. Look out for the tree lighting on Saturday, November 15; 4–5:15 p.m.

  • I have always wanted to visit the NY Botanical Garden, and I had no idea that they host a ‘Haunted’ event. I would have loved to see giant pumpkins and watermelon. Great photo opps.

    • you should @yonawilliams:disqus They have tons of great events for families but also adult only.

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    Oh my goodness I would love to go here! What a beautiful place!

  • michele d

    Looks like a super fun place to visit. By your photo it looks like you all did!

  • Elizabeth O.

    Those are gigantic pumpkins! This is nice when you just want to stroll and still feel Halloween.

  • Woah those pumpkins are huge! Looks like a lot of fun!!!

  • TouristMeetsTraveler

    Looks like you had a great time!

  • Woah what a creepy scene behind you guys in that instagram photo. Looks like a fun time!

  • rubbieanne

    That is so creeepy huhuuu! Would never go to such

  • FamiGami

    Now thats an interesting way for a botanical garden to stay open later in the season! Someone should tell our gardens about this concept!

  • Interesting place! Thanks for sharing.

  • Great pictures! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    Sounds like a nice place to visit. Some of those pumpkins look scary! LOL

  • Lynn Dee

    I am a scaredy-cat but I guess I would like to experience the haunted trails. Looks like fun and the place is nice.

  • Nicci

    That’s a scary pumpkin! I wish they had something like this down in my city.

  • The place looks so much fun! I never seen those kind of pumpkins in person before lol.

  • Delia @ Happy Blogger Plaza

    Looks like you had a wonderful time, Lucky! I love your tip about bringing food/snacks from home. No only you cut on expenses, but you also get something healthier ;)

  • мѕ.αℓчѕѕα

    Looks like a great time, thanks for sharing!

  • Wow, what a gorgeous place to visit! I enjoyed looking at your images. I’m nowhere near New York, but it would be fun to visit someday.

  • That is one hell of a pumpkin in that picture.

  • looks like beautiful family fun!

  • It looks like a beautiful place and seem like a lot of fun too. Would love to go there one day. Thanks for sharing this :)

  • I would love to go there but I’m soooo far away. Great post! I love that giant pumpkin!

  • Such a nice place to visit!! Would really love to come there with my kids!

    • I highly recommend it if you live in NY or plan to visit.

  • I always use Living Social to see what is on sale. Great tips and beautiful day.

    • I do too, I was a Marketing & Finance Major in college – I never pay retail!

  • Risa Bledsoe

    It looks like a lot of fun and I love all the different jack-o-lanterns! Thanks for sharing your photos!

  • Jenise @ DIYFunIdeas.com

    What a fun activity for the kids! I love the botanical gardens!

  • This looks like the perfect Halloween fall outing! Such fun :)

  • Chrissy Mazzocchi

    Wow this looks like so much fun! I wish we had something like this here :)

  • Paula

    Lol at the photobombing pumpkin. The numbers were very impressive, both the number of pieces exhibited and the weight of the mega pumpkin.

  • That’s a beautiful botanical garden and I’m sure you had a blast during your visit. The pumpkin is so big!

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