Pumpkin parades in Toronto started with Sorauren Park back in 2004 and have since exploded into a widespread phenomenon in parks across the city on the day after Halloween. After sundown on November 1, the city's pumpkins come out for one final show before being composted.
Here's a roundup of pumpkin parades happening around the city.Events you might want to check out:
Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Friends of Sorauren Park)
This pumpkin parade is the original, starting all the way back in 2004. This year's event starts at sundown around 6 p.m.
Halloween Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ St. James Park)
Join St. James Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the Halloween Pumpkin Parade. This event will also feature a festive drum circle.
Terraview Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Terraview Park)
This parade is the earliest in the city, starting at 5 p.m. Bring your jack-o-lantern to Terraview soccer field for one last hurrah.
The Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Centennial Park)
Join the crowd at Centennial Park on November 1st from 6-8 p.m. for the annual Pumpkin Parade!
Kingsway Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Lambton Kingsway Park)
Give your jack-o'-lantern a spectacular send off this year! Drop your pumpkins off at Lambton Kingsway Park as early as 3 p.m. on November 1, or bring them with you that evening when the event starts at 6 p.m.
Birchcrest Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Birchcrest Park)
This 6 p.m. event is particularly apt for residents of Scarborough, located in Birchcrest Park near Agincourt. Bring your jack-o-lanters for a night of fun, and don't forget your tea light or candle.
Glen Long Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Glen Long Park)
Bring your jack-o-lantern and candles to light the pathways of the fantastic Glen Long Park at 6 p.m.
Elm Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Elm Park)
Elm Park will be hosting its own pumpkin parade, starting at 6 p.m.
De Havilland 'Mossie' Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ De Havilland 'Mossie' Park)
Bring your jack-o-lantern and candles to Mossie Park for one last night of spooky fun after Halloween! Starts at 6 p.m.
Fairbank Memorial Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Fairbank Memorial Park)
Bring your jack-o-lantern to Fairbank Memorial Park at 6 p.m. for the annual pumpkin parade.
Gledhill Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Gledhill Park)
Head up to Gledhill Park near the Danforth Village for its pumpkin parade at 6 p.m.
Carlton Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Carlton Park)
Bring your jack-o-lanterns with a tea light inside at 6 p.m. to Carlton Park, and line them around the wading pool.
Eglinton Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Eglinton Park)
Ward 16's Annual Pumpkin Parade will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Eglinton Park.
Mimico Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Amos Waites Park)
Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns down to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park on Wednesday Nov 1st at 6 p.m.
Stephenson Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Stephenson Park)
Stephenson Park's annual pumpkin parade is at 6 p.m.
5th Annual Wychwood Barns Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Wychwood Barns Park)
What's your pumpkin doing after Halloween? Bring your jack-o-'latern and a candle at 6 p.m.
Park Lawn Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Park Lawn Park)
Please join us for our first Annual Pumpkin Parade on November 1st at 6 p.m.!
Masaryk Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Masaryk Park)
Come show off your pumpkin at the 8th Annual Masaryk Park Pumpkin Parade. Starts at Dusk! FREE Hot Chocolate!
Rennie Park Pumpkin Parade (November 2 @ Rennie Park)
On November 1st at 6 p.m., we invite you to bring your jack-o-lanterns to Rennie Park for the second annual pumpkin parade.
Oakridge Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Oakridge Park)
Come out on Wednesday, November 1st for our third Annual Pumpkin Parade in Oakridge Park. The fun starts at 6 p.m. so show up with the jack-o-lanterns just before, and be ready to light them up to be part of the parade.
Vine Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Vine Avenue Parkette)
Give your gourds one more chance to shine! Bring your pumpkins to Vine Park at dusk on November 1st and add it to the ever-growing, ever-winding path of carved creations.
Gleb Manor Square Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Gleb Manor Square East)
The Gleb Manor Square Pumpkin Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Don't forget your candle!
Withrow Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Withrow Park)
By friends of Withrow Park. Bring your pumpkins at 6 p.m. and light up the pathways!
Norwood Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Norwood Park)
Bring your jack-o-lantern (and a candle!) at 6:30 PM and see the amazing "parade" of pumpkins!
Felstead Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Felstead Park)
Bring your own pumpkin and candle, the fun starts at 6:30!
8th Annual DECA Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ East Lynn Park)
Bring you jack-o-lanterns to East Lynn Park at 6:30 on Nov 1.
East York Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ East York Civic Centre)
Bring your jack-o-lanterns to the East York Civic Centre any time after 6 p.m. and light up the pathways with your creations. All skill levels welcome!
Dempsey Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Dempsey Park)
Bring your jack-lanterns to the park the evening after Halloween to light up the autumn darkness 6:30-8 p.m. This year there will be more prizes and a fire/glow Hula Hoop performance by Bex In Motion.
Dovercourt Park Pumpkin Parade & Dog Costume Parade (October 30 @ Dovercourt Park)
A Dog costume parade will be held on the same night as the Pumpkin Parade at 7:30 p.m.
Dentonia Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Dentonia Park)
Line up your pumpkins along the path starting at Dentonia Park Ave and Sibley Ave. Bring a tea light! Lighters will be available at the park.
Spooktacular Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Friends Of Moncur Park)
Drop your pumpkins off during the day, and remember to put a candle inside and local goblins will put them on the spooky trail. Or, come at 6:30 p.m. with your carved pumpkin and a flashlight.
Earlscourt Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Earlscourt Park)
The Friends of Earlscourt Park are hosting the 6th Annual Parade! November 1st from 6:30 – 8:00. Bring your Halloween pumpkin and join the fun!
Phin Avenue Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ Phin Park)
See a plethora of perfectly produced pumpkins on display! This event starts around 7 p.m.
Pumpkin Parade in Sandown Park (November 1 @ Sandown Park)
Give your jack-o-Lantern a second chance to shine, while admiring your neighbour’s as well. Bring your carved pumpkins and a candle to display around the park.
5th Annual Davenport Pumpkin Parade & Contest (November 1 @ Bartlett Parkette)
Gather your little pumpkins and bring them on November 1st for the 5th annual pumpkin parade here. There will be hot chocolate, a bonfire, and live music.
McCormack Park Pumpkin Parade (November 1 @ McCormack Park)
Bring your jack-o-lanterns and candles to the west side of the park and light them up! The cafe will be open for hot drinks.
Celebrate All Things Pumpkin with Friends of Trinity Bellwoods (November 1 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
Bring your carved pumpkins to the park at 5 p.m., just north of the recreation centre. Organizers will provide the fire, you provide the tea light. Warm apple cider will be on offer.
Harbord Village PumpkinFest (November 1 @ Harbord Village)
Halloween in Harbord Village isn’t over on October 31! Bring your jack-o-lanterns at 6:30 and light them up! There will also be a silent auction.
Kew Gardens Candlelit Pumpkin Walk (November 1 @ Kew Gardens)
Come out for the 6th Annual Candlelit Pumpkin Parade. It's an awesome community event with free pumpkin ice cream.
Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk (November 1 @ Riverdale Park West)
Give your jack-o-lantern and other pumpkin/squash decorations an encore performance! Bring them on Nov. 1 to Riverdale Park West. Kids can wear their costumes too!
Sixth Annual Pumpkin Walk (November 1 @ Dallington Pollinators Community Garden)
There were 80 pumpkins here the last two years, and organizers are hoping to break a hundred this year. Make sure to stay for the pumpkin toss!
by Michael Ott via blogTO