Pumpkin Parade, Sorauren Park, Toronto November 1, 2015

Every year, on the day after Halloween a wonderful neighborhood tradition takes place in Sorauren Park. DSC_0605 DSC_0641The now world famous pumpkin parade. Started by the neighborhood in 2004 it has grown to a few thousand pumpkins that sadly will be destined for the compost bins provided by the city.DSC_0620 DSC_0701 DSC_0587 In one last big celebration these works of art are put on display for all to enjoy. From scary to happy, from ghouls and witches to popular cartoon and movie characters they represent the joy and celebration of Halloween. DSC_0748 DSC_0703 DSC_0596At dusk candles are lit and flicker into the night signaling the end of another season. There are many shots online of these pumpkins at night but I went a little earlier to see and shoot some of the artistic work put into these gourdes.DSC_0597 DSC_0598 DSC_0640 Not only do I have some really artistic neighbors but it is obvious that all of these wonderful pieces of art were created with a love for the season and brings back many happy memories of me with my own kids sitting around the kitchen table, newspapers spread out and carving and scooping for hours! DSC_0667 DSC_0669 DSC_0655 DSC_0648 DSC_0647Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween! DSC_0679 DSC_0583 DSC_0753 DSC_0741 DSC_0715To all of the artists, of all ages, thanks for sharing your work, a truly enjoyable tradition continues. DSC_0574 DSC_0581 DSC_0638Another good reason to get out and enjoy Toronto!

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