Exciting news: pumpkin parades in Toronto are back with a vengeance for 2021!

If you’re not familiar with this tradition, you can extend the Halloween spirit for an extra night while getting together with your neighbours (in a outdoor, socially-distanced way) to admire each other’s jack-o-lanterns. Then at the end of the evening, the pumpkins are tossed into a bin to be picked up for composting, so for residents it’s an easy and convenient way to responsibly dispose of your creations.

The parades usually take place after sundown on November 1st, though some are on Halloween night or even before. Dress for the weather and bring your own candles. Plus, some parades have canned-food drives, treats and contests!

Note: Due to Covid restrictions, not all of the events from previous years have been confirmed yet. You can check out the City of Toronto’s map listing here for areas near you, and ask your local park’s neighbourhood association group for more information.

So here is our Guide to Pumpkin Parades in Toronto…

Downtown & West End

Carlton Park Pumpkin Parade – Carlton Park, 20 Edith Avenue

Dovercourt Park Pumpkin Parade – Dovercourt Park, 155 Bartlett Avenue

Earlscourt Park Pumpkin Parade – Earlscourt Park, 1200 Lansdowne Avenue

Fred Hamilton Park Pumpkin Parade – Fred Hamilton Park, 155 Roxton Road

Joe Shuster Way Pumpkin Parade (*Sunday, October 31) – Rita Cox Park, 1 Machells Avenue

MacGregor Park Pumpkin Parade – MacGregor Playground, 346 Lansdowne Avenue

Old Town Toronto Pumpkin Parade (*Friday, October 29) – Berczy Park, 35 Wellington Street East

Rennie Park Pumpkin Parade – Rennie Park, 1 Rennie Terrace

Florence Gell Park Pumpkin Parade – Florence Gell Park, 85 Varsity Road

Trinity Bellwoods Park Pumpkin Parade – Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. West

Wychwood Barns Pumpkin Parade – Wychwood Barns Park, 76 Wychwood Avenue

East End & Scarborough

Birchcrest Park Pumpkin Parade – Birchcrest Park, 89 Beverly Glen Boulevard

Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk – Riverdale Park West, 375 Sumach Street

Dentonia Park Pumpkin Parade – Dentonia Park, 80 Thyra Avenue

East Lynn Park Pumpkin Parade – East Lynn Park 1949 Danforth Avenue

Felstead Park Pumpkin Parade – Felstead Park, 49 Felstead Avenue

Leslie Grove Park Pumpkin Parade – Leslie Grove Park, 1158 Queen Street East

Moncur SPOOKTACULAR Pumpkin Parade – Moncur Park, 10 Gainsborough Road

Oakridge Park Pumpkin Parade – Oakridge Park, 3458 Danforth Avenue

Phin Avenue Parkette Pumpkin Parade – Phin Avenue Parkette, 115 Condor Avenue

Riverside Howl-O-Ween – Degrassi Street Park, 125 De Grassi Street

Scarborough Bluffs Pumpkin Parade – Sandown Park, 50 Natal Avenue

Stephenson Park Pumpkin Parade – Stephenson Park, 61 Stephenson Avenue

Terraview Park Pumpkin Parade – Terraview Park, 1625 Pharmacy Avenue

West Rouge Pumpkin Parade – Port Union Community Centre, 5450 Lawrence Ave. East

Withrow Park Pumpkin Parade – Withrow Park, 725 Logan Avenue

York, North York & Etobicoke

Colonel Sam Smith Park Pumpkin Parade – Colonel Sam Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. West

Dallington Park Pumpkin Parade – Dallington Park, 32 Glentworth Road

Davisville Village Pumpkin Parade – June Rowlands Park, 220 Davisville Avenue

Denison Park Pumpkin Parade – Denison Park, 108 Denison Rd. West

Weston Pumpkin Parade – Elm Park, 54 Elm Street

Henrietta Park Pumpkin Parade – Henrietta Park, 1 Henrietta Street

Park Lawn Park Pumpkin Parade – Park Lawn Park, 330 Park Lawn Road

Parkway Forest Park Pumpkin Parade – Parkway Forest Park, 80 Parkway Forest Drive

Rosethorn Park Pumpkin Parade – Rosethorn Park, 26 Remington Drive

Silver Creek Pumpkin Parade – Silver Creek Park, 44 Strathdee Drive

Trace Manes Park Pumpkin Parade – Trace Manes Park, 110 Rumsey Road

Wanless Park Pumpkin Parade – Wanless Park, 250 Wanless Avenue

Outside Toronto

Brampton Pumpkin Party – Ken Whillans Square, 2 Wellington Street West, Brampton

Museums of Mississauga’s Park Your Pumpkin – Bradley Museum, 1620 Orr Road, Mississauga

St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade – St. Jacobs Village Shops, King Street North

Westwood Park Pumpkin Parade – Westwood Park, 170 Wilson Street, Oakville

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