Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade

The pumpkin death parade at Sorauren Park

What do you do with your Halloween pumpkin after the big night has passed? In one Toronto community the answer for the last eight years has been to hold a "Pumpkin Parade" on November 1st. People bring their works of pumpkin art to Sorauren Park in the city's west end for one last hurrah. Although there were fewer pumpkins than in years past (likely because similar events have taken hold in other neighbourhoods), hundreds of people walked along the park's various pathway's and admired the many creative ways of decorating the big orange gourd.

Designs ranged from the traditional smiling jack-o'-lantern to Jack Layton, with many other characters drawn from television and film — think Harry Potter (with Lord Voldemort on the flip side) and Kermit the Frog. There were also the usual frightful stuff (witches, Satan, and, scariest of all, Rob Ford) as well as whimsical designs like the pumpkin man sitting on a toilet and the pumpkin bicycle.

It was a perfect night with reasonably warm temperatures and a half moon to lend some light to the pathways. East Lynn Park has a similar event each year, but Sorauren remains the main draw on account of its size and the novelty of its jack-o'-laterns.

Sorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin Parade2011112-sp8.jpgSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin ParadeSorauren Park Pumpkin Parade

Writing and photos by Scott Snider

Wanna see more jack-o'-laterns? Hamish Grant was also on hand to shoot the Pumpkin Parade. Check out his shots in the slideshow below.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Ontario could expand third dose eligibility this week because of omicron variant

Toronto plans to decriminalize drugs for personal use and here's how this will work

Trucks have been slamming into a can-opener bridge in Toronto for decades

Terrifying fire trapped a person in the basement of a popular Toronto restaurant

TTC bus careens into fence after breaking free from tow truck

Long-term forecast predicts topsy-turvy and stormy winter weather for Toronto

People upset that bike lanes in Toronto are already a total mess after first snowfall

Ontario confirms first two cases of omicron COVID variant