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Family Halloween Events for Toronto Condo Dwellers

Family Halloween Events for Toronto Condo Dwellers

Oct 23, 2015
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Condo living with kids is becoming the norm for many urban families. With the cost of freehold Toronto housing skyrocketing out of reach of many buyers, more parents are raising young children in Toronto condos .

Affordability is a key factor here but there are many other pros to condo living for families including amenities, well-appointed locations (often times gaining access to prime school districts), less maintenance and more time for family and it can be a great way to teach kids about living in a community.

The downsides (depending on your building and specific unit) can be tighter quarters and lack of private outdoor space but these are things that condo kids and parents learn to work around. When it becomes a little more problematic is during the holidays, particularly at Halloween, as many condos don't allow trick-or-treating.

We've talked before about Halloween rules in condos - they vary by building but most do not allow door-to-door trick or treating or exterior decorations (although we can see this changing as condo demographics shift across the city). But that doesn't mean that your kids are stuck inside this Halloween.

If you're looking for something different to do with the kids, here's a roundup of some of our favourite Toronto Halloween events for families.

Toronto Condo Dwelling Families: 2015 Halloween Events To Get Your Kids Active & Engaged

Neighbourhood Pumpkin Parades

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Many Toronto neighbourhoods host an annual pumpkin parade on November 1 where residents bring their carved jack-o-lanterns to the local park during the day and it makes a great family outing at dusk to walk the paths and see everyone's creations lit-up.

Some of these events have a lead-up event this weekend where you can bring your kids to carve your pumpkin. Neighbourhood events like this are almost always free and typically run by the local BIA or Friends group (sometimes donations are requested to support the local park).

Here are just some of the better-known neighbourhood pumpkin fests but be sure to check out the website of your local BIA and Friends groups (where applicable) to see what's happening in your 'hood.

8th Annual Pumpkin Sale to Benefit Sorauren Park

October 24, 9AM-12 noon

Loads of pumpkins for sale, hot apple cider and more. Rain or shine at the Sorauren Park town square. 100% of proceeds donated to phase two fundraising for the town square.

November 1, dusk After Halloween on November 1st, head back to Sorauren Park at twilight to add your pumpkin to the annual Pumpkin Parade. More Information

The Junction - Pumpkinfest

October 31, 2-6PM in Vine Parkette (bring your own pumpkin)

Pumpkin carving for kids and a ton of family programming.

November 1, 6-9PM Much like the Sorauren Park event, you can come back on November 1 for the pumpkin tour. More Information

St James Park - Pumpkin Parade

November 1, 6:00-7:30PM

Bring your jack-o-lantern to the St. James gazebo and join the pumpkin parade by adding your pumpkin onto the edge of a pathway. A prize will be given for best pumpkin design by a family/kid and by a business.

There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider while supplies last and a special presentation by Jamii of their Queens of the Esplanade routine. More Information

Pumpkinfest at the Kingsway

On Jackson Avenue (by TD Bank) October 31, 10AM-2PM

Face painting and pumpkins included! More Information

The Beach - Halloween on Queen

October 31, 12noon-4PM at Glen Manor on Queen Costume prizes, parade, face painting, fire jugglers and more! More Information

Trinity Bellwoods Park Pumpkin Parade

November 1, 7PM Bring your pumpkins any time that day with a tealight and the parade will start when it gets dark. Free hot apple cider while it lasts thanks to The Lucky Penny! More Information

Mimico Pumpkin Parade, 2445 Lakeshore Blvd West

November 1, 6PM Bring your carved jack-o-lantern and add it to the community's parade. More Information

Street Theatre

Riverdale Neighbourhood Play

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Riverdale is one of our favourite Toronto communities for families. It’s not unusual to see neighbours ban together for yard sales, lemonade stands and good old fashioned family street parties.

A seasonal staple and annual family tradition for many in Toronto's east end is the Riverdale Halloween Play put on by a group of residents formerly known as the Langley collective. The street near Langley and Howland is blocked off Halloween night, a professional sound system and stage installed and local families put on a play to entertain residents and visitors - yep, families travel in from all over the city to trick or treat in this 'hood just to watch the show.

This year's theme is the very spooky "Gentrified" with three showtimes on October 31 at 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM. More Information

Toronto Public Library Events

The TPL offers wonderful (and often free) year-round programming that's really under-utlized by many Torontonians. There are a number of Library branches hosting a Haunted House in the lead-up to Halloween that's appropriate for younger children.

Halloween Haunted House at the Library October 31, times vary by location (drop in, no registration required)

Little boys and ghouls, prepare for a scare! Children, come and take a walk through a spooky haunted house. Some locations will have stories, treats, and crafts.

At the following library branches across the city:

Don Mills Library Deer Park Library Runnymede Library Northern District Library Richview Library

Halloween at Toronto's Major Attractions

And of course, there are paid programs (most included with the price of admission) at many of Toronto's top attractions.

Boo at the Zoo October 24 & 25, 30 & 31, 2015