Category: Pumpkin Parade

Pumpkin Sale and Haunted House Oct. 20

Photo of pumpkins spread out on the Sorauren Town Square under sunny blue skies

The Pumpkin Sale at the Sorauren Town Square

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.

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Haunted Fieldhouse Sponsors

Special screening of Hocus Pocus Sept. 13

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.

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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.

The next screening in the park’s regular Outdoor Movie Season will be the kid special Moana, in support of renovations at Charles G. Williams playground.

Photo of a long line of jack-o-lanterns lighting up Sorauren Avenue ParkGet ready for the annual Pumpkin Parades!

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 original Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1

Photo of a long line of jack-o-lanterns lighting up Sorauren Avenue Park

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.

Pumpkin Sale fundraiser for the park Oct. 21

Get your pumpkins here! The 10th annual Sorauren Pumpkin Sale runs Saturday Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the park.

Come for your pumpkin, face painting, and hot apple cider. Meet your neighbours.

Every dollar raised goes towards park improvements through the Friends of Sorauren Park. This year we are raising funds to cover outstanding costs for the new pizza oven.

Over the years, the pumpkin sale has raised $22,000 for park projects including new benches, trees, Fieldhouse appliances and capital enhancements including the Town Square.

The Pumpkin Sale is hosted by Chander Chaddah, Broker, Sutton Group Associates in support of the Friends of Sorauren Park.

See you on the Town Square on the 21st!

Photo of pumpkins spread out on the Sorauren Town Square under sunny blue skies

The Pumpkin Sale at the Sorauren Town Square

Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1 to where it all began

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1

Every Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, the world-famous Pumpkin Parade takes place at Sorauren Park. With close to 2,000 pumpkins on display in recent years, the Parade is a neighbourhood and even regional highlight of the season. From witches and cats, to politicians and world events, the artful jack-o-lanterns represent the spirit of Halloween and also the spirit of the times.

Add your pumpkin to the parade. It starts at dusk, with the busiest times after dinner. There is no competition… but will your pumpkin get noticed? And what will be the dominant theme this year? U.S. election? Olympics? Shirtless prime ministers?

Place your lit pumpkins along the inside edge of the path around the park. We are hoping to completely encircle the park this year, and we can do that by not doubling up on both sides of the path. Plus, if we get everyone moving in the same direction around the park (think pleasure skating rink), it should be even more enjoyable.

Walk or take transit to the park. The streets are narrow and busy and there is no parking at the park. The 505 Dundas and 506 College streetcars stop at the top of Sorauren, a three-minute walk from the park. The 504 King stops along Roncesvalles, one block away. The 47 Lansdowne bus stops at Rideau St., also a short walk away. Be safe.

Big thanks to City of Toronto Solid Waste; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; and Ward 14 Councillor Gord Perks and colleagues for their ongoing support.

The Sorauren event was launched by neighbours in 2004 and has sparked similar events across Toronto, Montreal (Parade des Citrouilles) and in New York City. It has been blogged in Copenhagen.