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Scene: Pumpkins on Parade

WHERE: Sorauren Avenue Park and Harbord Street between Bathurst and Spadina

WHEN: November 1, 8 p.m.

WHAT: Every year, on the night after Halloween, parks and streets around the city hold “pumpkin parades,” where residents can show off their jack-o’-lanterns, and then leave the spent gourds to be picked up by City solid-waste workers. (Although the pickup was almost cancelled this year, for budget reasons.) Sorauren Park’s version of the event has earned a reputation as the best of them—it’s the Great Pumpkin, if you will—and this year it defended that title with plenty of creative carvings. Lots of jack-o’-lanterns on display sported traditionally spooky imagery, but it will come as no surprise that Mayor Rob Ford was a popular motif. Click through the gallery to see what else there was there, and on Harbord Street, which marked its sixth pumpkin festival last night.

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