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Toronto Pumpkin Parades 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

toronto pumpkin parade 2018

Looking for a Toronto pumpkin parade?

These annual gourd shows are one of our city’s quirkiest delights!
We’ll keep posting links as the details arrive but, as of the beginning of October 2018, here’s the scoop on the best glowing grins in town. Please share and add your own neighbourhood jack o’ lantern event!

Meanwhile, check out our Top Halloween Events for families right here.

Want to carve a better pumpkin this year? Find pro tips in Hallowe’en Hacks!
Looking to turn your pumpkin into a pie? Get our best recipes here.

The Glowing List…

Amos Waites Park & Mimico Square | 6-8:30pm
Bring your Jack O’ Lanterns down to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park at 6pm and if our neighbour can’t make it, “Leave no Pumpkin Behind” and bring their stranded pumpkins to the Parade.

Bartlett Parkette | 7-9pm
The 6th Annual Bartlett Parade is on for 7pm at Bartlett and Dundas thanks to the Danforth Neighbourhood Association (DNA). Bring your jack o’ lantern and tea lights for the parade and cast your vote for the best pumpkin! Winner announced at 8pm!

Cabbagetown in Riverdale Park West | 5-9pm
Bring your pumpkins to the 6th annual Cabbagetown Pumpkin Parade in Riverdale Park West. The jack o’lanterns (and a few un-carved pumpkins and squashes, too) arrive from all over the neighbourhood and line up for a final, glorious viewing before being put in a city-provided compost bin. It’s a great evening to visit with neighbours and admire everyone’s handiwork and there will be treats for the children too! Find out more about the event and Cabbagetown Residents Association here >

Carlton Park | 6-10pm
Look for the winding path of pumpkins at Carlton Park at 20 Edith Avenue again this year!

Centennial Park | 6-9pm
Our Place Initiative is the guiding light behind the Pumpkin Parade in Centennial Park this year!

Dallington Park | 5-7:30pm
Dallington Pollinators Community Garden is keeping the Pumpkin Walk alive in Dallington Park this year! Drop off your pumpkin after 3pm for an early lighting that starts at 5 and glows until 7pm.

Degrassi Park | 6:30-9pm
Join your neighbours at Degrassi Park at Dundas and Degrassi on November 1st at dusk to view our neighbourhood’s Jack-o-lanterns shine one last time. Bring your pumpkins and send off Halloween with your community. Interested in volunteering?

Dentonia Park

Dempsey Park

Donnybrook | 5:30-8:30pm
The Friends of Donnybrook Park are organizing a pumpkin parade – stay tuned for details!

Dovercourt Park | 6:30-9pm
Bring your jack o lanterns and candles to the park from 4-6 pm and place them along the park’s main pathway then come back at 6:30 for the big Pumpkin Parade and hot apple cider!

Earlscourt Park  | 6-8pm
The Friends of Earlscourt Park are hosting the 7th Annual Earlscourt Park Pumpkin Parade! Bring your Jack-o’-lanterns to line the path near the entrance of JJP Community Centre so the entire neighbourhood can enjoy a spooky and enchanted evening at Earlscourt Park.   

East Lynn Park | 6:30-9pm
The Danforth East Community Association invites you to bring your jack o’lanterns and candles to line the parks paths in a magical display on November 1st.

East York Village Civic Centre | 6-9pm
This years event is hosted by the East York Community Association.

Ed McCleverty Playground | 6-8pm
The organizers, Friends of Ed McCleverty Playground welcome you to the parade in this wonderful, equal access park.

Elm Park | 6-8pm
The Weston Village Residents Association is hosting this years parade in Elm Park. Volunteer to help out and find out more here >

Eglinton Park

Felstead Avenue Playground

Gibson House | 6-8pm
Bring your carved pumpkin to Gibson House Museum to showcase your design. Pumpkins will be lit up and displayed through the evening. The Pumpkin Party includes cooking demonstrations in the historic kitchen, hot apple cider and treats. Discover what your future holds with a fun Victorian-style divination.

Glebe Manor Square East | 6-830pm
Stay tuned for details from this sweet little park within the loop of Belsize Drive.

Gledhill Park

Guidwood Village Park | 6-9pm
Light your pumpkins on the park path from Regency to Nuffield and don’t forget to bring a mug to enjoy hot apple cider. Stick around for the pumpkin toss at 9pm!

Harbord Street  | 5:30-9pm
Bring your pumpkin to Harbord Street from Borden to Spadina on the 1st for another great year of jack o’ lanterns!

Henrietta Park | 6:30-8pm
Friends of Henrietta Park are hosting their 3rd annual parade at the park in the Weston and Runnymede neighbourhood.

Kew Gardens | 6:30-8:45pm
Starting at 6:30 bring your carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to join the parade at the park at 2075 Queen St E. Show off your handiwork and hang out with friends, families and neighbours in the community.

Leslie Grove Park | 6:30-8:30
Join Leslie Grove Park People, the organizers of the parade! Bring your carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to display in a line in the park.

Lambton Kingsway Park | 6-9pm
Join your neighbours for the second annual Kingsway Pumpkin Parade as we light up the park with your jack-o’-lanterns! Don’t forget your tea lights and lighters. Pumpkins can be dropped off at the park as early as 3pm on November 1. They’ll be collected for composting after the parade.

Masaryk Park
Come show off your pumpkin at the 8th (or possibly the 14th) Annual Masaryk Park Pumpkin Parade at 220 Cowan Avenue. The show starts at dusk with free hot chocolate while it lasts!

McCormick Park | 7-9pm
Bring your jack o’lanterns with candles to McCormick park for the parade organized by The Friends of McCormick Park

McGregor Park | 6-8pm
The Bloordale Community Improvement Association is hosting McGregor Park’s annual Pumpkin Parade at 346 Lansdowne Avenue

Moncur Park | 6:30-8pm
Bring yer jack o’ lanterns to the Toronto Pumpkin Parade @ Monstrous Moncur Park and enjoy a spooky stroll through the park. Vote for your favourite! There will be prizes and free hot chocolate – please bring your own mug!

Mossie Park | 1-3pm, October 20
In lieu of a Pumpkin Walk on the 1st of November, The Friends of Mossie Park are celebrating the 2018 Pumpkin Parade with a family Pumpkin Party on October 20th. Show off your costume, play spooky games, make creepy gifts, or decorate a pumpkin! Drink and snacks will be served.

Norwood Park | 6:30-7:15pm – this is a quick one folks!
Bring your Jack o’ Lanterns to the park and line them up around the pathways. The Friends of Norwood Park and Centre 55 organize this brief and beautiful annual event – remember to bring a candle!

Oakridge Park | 6-9pm
Celebrate the Fourth Annual Pumpkin Parade in Oakridge Park. Bring your jack o’ lanterns out for one last appearance and line the neighbourhood pumpkins up throughout the park. Show up with the Jack o’ lanterns just before 6pm, and be ready to light them up to be part of the parade. Bring your neighbours to walk around the park and view the creative and astounding pumpkin displays. Enjoy music, spooky stories and refreshments while you take in the sights as the local jack o’ lanterns take over Oakridge Park. 

Orchard Park | 630-8pm
Bring your jack o’lantern to Orchard Park on Dundas St E between Coxwell and Kingston Road.

Park Lawn | 6:30-8:30pm
Thanks to the Friends of Park Lawn Park for hosting the annual Pumpkin Parade again this year!

Parkway Forest | 5:30-8:30
It’s on! Stay tuned for details about Parkway Forest’s pumpkin parade behind Forest Manor Public School.

Phin Park | 7-9pm
The Pumpkin Parade in The Pocket is happening! There will be hot chocolate and popcorn for all while supplies last!

Port Union Village Common Park | 6-8:30
Drop off your pumpkin at the first annual Southeast Scarborough Pumpkin Parade with a tea light by 6pm and then enjoy the spectacle.

Rennie Park | 5:30-9pm
Bring your pumpkins and your family to the fabulous 3rd annual Rennie Park Pumpkin Parade!

Riverdale Park West/Cabbagetown | 5-9pm
Bring your pumpkins to the 6th annual Cabbagetown Pumpkin Parade in Riverdale Park West. The jack o’lanterns (and a few un-carved pumpkins and squashes, too) arrive from all over the neighbourhood and line up for a final, glorious viewing before being put in a city-provided compost bin. It’s a great evening to visit with neighbours and admire everyone’s handiwork and there will be treats for the children too! Find out more about the event and Cabbagetown Residents Association here >

Rosethorn Park | 6-8pm
Get your jack o’lanterns ready for the parade at 26 Remington Drive in Etobicoke

Sandown Park, Scarborough Bluffs | 6-9pm
Bring your jack o’ lanterns to Sandown Park at 50 Natal Ave for a final lighting.

Silver Creek Park | 6-8pm
Bring your jack-o-lanterns to Silver Creek Park for the 1st Annual Pumpkin Parade between 6 and 6:30 – remember to bring a candle! Line the pathway from Strathdee parking lot to the playground and help transform the park into a glowing spectacle at nightfall!

Sorauren Park | 6-9pm
The first of all the pumpkin parades! Drop off your jack o’ lantern with a tea light and watch as 1000s of pumpkins weave around the park. There will be hot cider while supplies last, something yummy from the bake oven and a chance to meet the Friends of Sorauren Park and learn more about getting involved.

Streetsville Village Square | 6-9pm
Bring your best carved creations down to the Streetsville Village Square for the annual Toronto Pumpkin Parade! Pumpkins will be lit around 7:00pm, allowing for the full effect as you walk the line of jack-o-lanterns.

Stephenson Park | 6-9pm
Just south of Main and Danforth, Stephenson park’s parade is hosted by the Friends of Stephenson Park.

St James Park Old Town Toronto |6-9pm   
Display your creative jack-o-lantern, participate in our drumming circle, mingle with your neighbours and enjoy some free hot chocolate and apple cider while supplies last. 

Trinity Bellwoods Park | 5-9:30
Bring your kids, friends and pets and pumpkins north of the Crawford Street community centre to the east-west path, come enjoy the neighbourhood pumpkins as they ‘parade’ for your viewing pleasure. Drop off the pumpkins complete with a tea light anytime after 5pm. Volunteers will light them for you and The Lucky Penny store will be onsite to offer free hot cider until the supply runs out. At 9:30pm, it’s time for the amazing pumpkin toss, popping them into the composter provided by the City.

Vermont Square Park | 6-9pm
The parade is on in Seaton Village!

Vine Park | 6-9pm
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. Come and join in on the fun, and invite your friends and neighbours too – the more the merrier!

Walter Saunders Memorial Park | 6:30-8pm
Explore the York Beltline trail and bring your carved pumpkin with a candle to WS Memorial at 426 Hopewell Avenue.

Withrow Park | 6:30-9pm
The annual Withrow Park Pumpkin Parade begins at 6:30pm with a Spooky Story-time with Pepper at 7pm. Find out more and volunteer here!

Wychwood Barns | 6-10
Ellsworth Avenue Neighbours are hosting their 6th annual Pumpkin Parade in Wychwood Park on November 1st. While you’re waiting for the big day, head over to Boo at the Barns, a free family Halloween Party on October 20th hosted by the Wychwood Barns Community Association

History and How-To…

Sorauren Park is the home of the original Toronto Pumpkin Parade and visitors can expect to see well over 2000 jack o’ lanterns on display this year. This little neighbourhood event, spearheaded by Colleen Kennedy in 2004,  has inspired 40+ parks in Toronto to host their own parades on the day after Hallowe’en and sparked similar events across Toronto, Montreal (Parade des Citrouilles) and in New York City. It has been blogged in Copenhagen.

Just think about it for a minute – this beautiful annual tradition began as the spark of an idea, was fanned by neighbours, supported by a community and has grown to become an international phenomenon, quietly glowing away in the Hallowe’en memories of thousands upon thousands of children. Nice job.

If you are looking to host your own Toronto Pumpkin Parade this year, here’s the link to everything you need to know from the city.

The deadline is October 12th!


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