Where will your Jack O’Lantern spend his final hours after Hallowe’en 2014? Perhaps he will join a pumpkin parade in a Toronto park.
What is a Pumpkin Parade? When is the Date?
A pumpkin parade is a final community showing of Jack O’Lanterns after Hallowe’en. People bring their lit, well-carved pumpkins out for a walk, or pull them along in a wagon, for a final display in a neighbourhood park on the evening of November 1st.
The final step is to ensure the lights are out, and the pumpkins properly placed into garbage bins for collection.
Pumpkin parades are becoming annual autumn Toronto events, although some are only in their third year.
Will Just Any Park Do?
No! In Toronto, each pumpkin parade must have an organizer who arranges with Toronto City Hall for garbage collection. The organizer must also ensure that the pumpkins will be binned, rather than left for city staff to pick up from the ground. This hot-button issue was resolved in 2012, when city officials had threatened to end all the pumpkin parades. Organizers need to call the Parks, Forestry & Recreation department via Toronto’s 311 line well ahead of Nov. 1st, to arrange for a pumpkin parade permit, extra bins, and the collection on Nov. 2. (A word to the wise: I was reminded of the annual pumpkin parades because I happened to see one BIA’s poster. Advertise… “Aye, that’s the ticket, laddie”, as Montgomery Scott said in a Star Trek movie).
Call 311 to check whether your favourite park has an organized pumpkin parade this year. Many are run by either the local BIA (Business Improvement Area) organization or a Friends of the <name-of-the> Park group.
Where do you go for a pumpkin parade? Send me a Facebook message; I will add other venues in Toronto to this article.
Where are the 2014 Pumpkin Parades in Toronto?
I can’t guarantee that I found each and every official Toronto pumpkin parade for 2014, but here is my list of five for Nov. 1st. It’s best to BYOC (bring your own candle), and remember to take the candle home with you.
The East Lynn Park pumpkin parade, hosted by DECA (Danforth East Community Association) goes from 6:30-9pm. East Lynn Park is on the north side of Danforth Ave., a block west from Woodbine.
The third annual Mimico Square pumpkin parade continues to use Amos Waites Park from 6-8:30pm. The square is on Lake Shore Blvd West where Mimico Ave. runs towards Lake Ontario. (I’d mentioned this two years ago in my “A Few Free 2012 Halloween Events in Toronto“, and am pleased to see they maintain this annual autumn Toronto event).
The St. James Park pumpkin parade runs from 5:30-7:30pm. Place your pumpkin on the edge of a path. The park is bordered by Adelaide, Jarvis and King Streets.
The Sorauren Park pumpkin parade starts at sundown. Sorauren Park is on the east side of Sorauren Ave., west of Roncesvalles Ave. and south of Dundas Ave.; the railroad track is the park’s eastern boundary.
The Trinity Bellwoods Park pumpkin parade was the hardest to find online, since it’s only a paragraph on their home page (so the search engine didn’t report it). But the park is easy to find bordered by Queen St., Gore Vale Ave., Dundas St. and Crawford St.; it’s between Bathhurst and Dufferin. The events start at 7pm.
Need to Buy a Pumpkin in Toronto?
If you haven’t yet bought your pumpkin at a grocery store or farmers market in Toronto, you probably still have time. Many people like to drive out to a farmer’s pumpkin patch for some personal pumpkin picking. It’s a lot like heading out of town for a Christmas tree.
Looking for More Annual Events or a Holiday in Toronto Canada?
My blog tracks many of the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, especially the free or frugal things to do in Toronto.
Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. However, DeHaan Services does write web site or advertising copy for clients. Our skills are demonstrated in online articles in Decoded Science, Decoded Pregnancy and other online sites. That’s why DeHaan Services highlights those online articles on this site.
Click the “Toronto Events” category at the bottom of the right-hand column for recent articles in this category. Thanks!
Thanks for reading about five 2014 pumpkin parades in Toronto.