Mark your calendar… the 12th annual Pumpkin Sale fundraiser takes place Saturday, October 19 from 9 am to 12 noon on the Sorauren Park Town Square. This year’s sale will support the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park fund for the new playground across the street from Sorauren Park.
You’re invited to participate and enjoy the annual Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade November 1, the day after Halloween, starting at dusk.
This is the pumpkin parade that started them all… there are now more than 50 in parks across Toronto, and other parades in cities across North America.
Bring your jack-o-lantern to the park and help line the path with pumpkin art. Bring lit pumpkins for best effect. We promise you’ll have a gourd time!
The annual Pumpkin Sale in support of the park takes place Saturday, October 20, from 9 am until 12 noon… and this year features a Haunted House in the Fieldhouse!
The Pumpkin Sale on the Sorauren Town Square also features cider, hot chocolate and face painting. (Come early, the pumpkins sold out last year!) The fundraiser is sponsored by Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates and Meridian Credit Union. This year 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Charles G. Williams Park (“Sorauren playground”) revitalization fund. The Haunted House is hosted by Scooter Girl Toys and The Little Paper.
Remember to bring your carved pumpkins back to the park after Halloween on November 1 for the world-famous Sorauren Pumpkin Parade.
Pumpkin Sale Sponsors
Haunted Fieldhouse Sponsors
The Friends of Sorauren Park are proud to support the City of Toronto and the non-profit organization Park People to kick off the Pumpkin Parade season with a special 25th Anniversary screening of the bewitching comedy classic Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
The free outdoor screening will take place on the Sorauren Park Town Square Thursday, September 13, along with pizza dinner from the park’s oven, and a special live performance.
6 pm: Pizza Dinner with Pizzeria Defina staff making fresh pizzas in the park’s oven.
7 pm-ish: Special LIVE appearance from Winifred Sanderson, courtesy Toronto entertainer Heroine.
7:30 pm: Free movie screening, Hocus Pocus.
When three 17th century Salem witches are accidentally summoned by modern-day pranksters, the 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth, but first they must outwit three kids and an immortal talking cat. Get ready for a night of zany fun! Rated PG, 1h 36min.
Pizza Dinners will be available for purchase ($10 each) before the movie from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. Pizza purchases are cash only, with a portion of the proceeds going to Friends of Sorauren Park.
Please take transit, bike or walk to Sorauren Avenue Park. The streets are narrow and busy in the neighborhood, and there is no parking in the park.
The closest subway stop is Dundas West, closet streetcar stop is Sorauren at Dundas.
There are accessible public washrooms in the Sorauren Avenue Park Fieldhouse.
On November 1st of each year, Toronto’s pumpkins shine brightly for one last night in parks across the city. The tradition, started at Sorauren Park, has spread to dozens of parks in Toronto and parks in Montreal, New York and elsewhere.
The tradition continues November 1 when this year’s Pumpkin Parade comes to Sorauren Park… or, shall we say, when you bring your pumpkin art to the park.
Started by resident Colleen Kennedy and her neighbours in 2004, the family-friendly Sorauren Pumpkin Parade has spawned other parades across Toronto, with the City reporting a record 47 parades in parks this year. Parades have also been held in New York, Montreal and other cities.
Bring your jack-o-lantern to park the day after Halloween. Place them along the park’s main path. The parade looks best when pumpkins are lit.
Thanks to the City of Toronto and Councillor Perks for supporting the parade. Your old pumpkin will become tomorrow’s compost.