Each year on October 31, Heddington Avenue transforms into a spooky playground, decked out with hand-painted pop-culture decorations and spectacular Halloween displays to support the resident’s annual SickKids fundraiser, Heddington Halloween.
As always, hundreds of costumed visitors will make their way to the decorated neighbourhood, where the entire street is blocked off so no cars are allowed and kids can run free.
Started by local resident Barb Gordon in 1998, the popular event is now an official fundraiser in support of the SickKids Foundation.
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Each year, the event allows Gordon to let out her inner artist as she always paints a seven-foot pop-culture-related painting that will be on display during the festivities.
Through the Heddington Halloween display, Gordon says funds are raised for SickKids Hospital in Toronto and in the last six years, as of today’s date, the event has raised over $21,500.
“There is nothing like the joy that these displays seem to bring to more and more people every year,” said Gordon.
Every Halloween, Gordon’s neighbours display her paintings from previous years on their lawns and so far, 28 houses have been decorated for this year’s event on Heddington between Eglinton and Roselawn.
Additionally, Gordon says 500 sparkling stars will hang over the entire length of Heddington Avenue, resulting in a truly spooky sight.
If you attend this year’s event, make sure to check out Gordon’s new painting on her lawn (44 Heddington), which she says is a Dracula and Hotel Transylvania-themed display.
In addition to trick-or-treating, there will also be a DJ, and face painting for the little ones to enjoy.
So get your costume ready, and check out this annual fundraiser Thursday evening.
When: October 31
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Heddington Avenue, one block north of Eglinton, two lights west of Avenue Road