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Here are the best pumpkin parades to check out in Toronto

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DH Toronto Staff Oct 30, 2018 10:14 am 929

Halloween coming to an end doesn’t mean your Jack-o-lantern can’t live for one more night!

So let it shine for the second night in a row at one of the city’s many pumpkin parades.

This year, over 50 parks across the city will be hosting their own pumpkin parades, so regardless of where you live you’ll be able to find one to attend.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite pumpkin parades below. And don’t worry, all the pumpkins will end up in bins provided by the city.

McCormick Park

Bring your Jack-o-lanterns and candles to the west side of the park, and light ’em up for the 7th annual Pumpkin Parade.

When: November 1, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: McCormic Park, 66 Sheridan Avenue

Rennie Park Pumpkin Parade

Save the date and head to Rennie Park’s third annual Pumpkin Parade. Bring your family and your pumpkin to be lit up and then enjoy the beautiful designs.

When: November 1, 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Rennie Park, 1 Rennie Terrace

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade

Toronto’s Sorauren Park was actually the first park in the city to host a pumpkin parade back in 2004. Sorauren definitely draws a large crowd and has had close to 2,000 pumpkins on display in recent years. From witches and cats to politicians and world events, the artful Jack-o-lanterns represent the spirit of Halloween and also the spirit of the times.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Sorauren Park, 50 Wabash Avenue

Centennial Park Pumpkin Parade

Give your pumpkin a second chance to shine and come view the neighbourhood Jack-o-Lanterns on display.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road

Kew Gardens

Starting at 6:30 bring your pumpkins to join the parade at Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen Street East. People are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to display in the “parade,” which sees them placed in a line in the park. Show off your handiwork and rest assured the Jack-o-lanterns will be disposed of in a responsible manner following the event.

When: November 1, 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Where: Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen Street East

7th Annual Mimico Pumpkin Parade

Bring your Jack-o-lanterns down to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Mimico Square, 2445 Lake Shore Blvd West

Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk

Bring your pumpkins and wear your costumes! Brought to you by the Cabbagetown Residents Association. Please bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Pumpkins will be composed by the City of Toronto

When: November 1, 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Riverdale Park West, 375 Sumach Street

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Drop off the pumpkins complete with a tea light anytime after 5 pm. Volunteers will be on hand with fire to help light’m up one last time. The Lucky Penny store will be onsite to offer free hot cider until the supply runs out.

When: November 1, 5 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen Street West

Old Town Pumpkin Parade

In partnership with Park People and the City of Toronto, St. Lawrence Market BIA is hosting a King Street Pumpkin Parade complete with music by Moskitto Bar, spooky stories, fortune telling, bonfire and marshmallows. Check out the artistry of your neighbours and warm up by our woodstove with warm cider or hot chocolate.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: St. James Park, 120 King Street East 

The Scarborough Bluffs Pumpkin Parade

Give your Jack-o-lantern another chance to light up the night. After Halloween, bring your pumpkin down to Sandown Park and show off your creativity, find other great works of art, and meet some of your neighbours.

When: November 1, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: 50 Natal Avenue

There are so many more to choose from, check out the city’s full list of parades here.

Pumpkin Parades Map (via Parkpeople.ca)

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