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Pumpkin Parade in East Lynn Park 2011

This year I discovered that there was going to be a “pumpkin parade” in the east of the city, much closer to where we live than in Sorauren Park in the West End of Toronto where we have gone in the past.

This was the second annual event for East Lynn, and while the park is smaller than Sorauren there was a very good turnout and so plenty of Jack-o’-lanterns to see. I brought along my camera with it’s fastest lens and a tripod.

There was nothing as spectacular as the “pumpkin killer” or “pumpkin crocodile” that we saw at last year’s pumpkin parade in the West End, but there were a few stand-out carved jack-o-lanterns here too, so as this one of a bat which had been carved into the pumpkin:

East Lynn Park Pumpkin Parade: Carved Bat

East Lynn Park Pumpkin Parade: Carved Bat

Another one which got a lot of notice was this “Jack-O-Layton”, a tribute to the late Jack Layton:

East Lynn Park Pumpkin Parade: Jack-O-Layton

East Lynn Park Pumpkin Parade: Jack-O-Layton

Here’s a selection of some of the other carved pumpkins that were on display:

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Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade 2010

We took our Jack-o-lanterns for the “parade” of other carved squash that’s held in the west-end Sorauren Park.

A lot are inventive, and this year my favourites from this year’s parade o’ pumpkins (pictured below) was a crocodile made from a bunch of pumpkins, and the crazed killer pumpkin-man:

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Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade 2008

For at least the past couple of years people have been bringing their jack-o-lanterns (we brought ours as well) to Sorauren Park in the west end of Toronto the day after Halloween. There were thousands on display this year, ringing the pathway around the park. The following day they are picked up by Toronto Waste Management and composted.

A pumpkin with the truly scary Sarah Palin, and then on the right, a “reverse” jack-o-lantern.

An impressive skull jack-o-lantern.

A collection of various jack-o-lanterns.

An impressive haunted house jack-o-lantern.

I like the juxtaposition of these two.

Stephen Harper as the devil rendered as a jack-o-lantern. Done by a graphic artist I know who lives close to the park.

Another collection of jack-o-lanterns. There were easily a thousand, perhaps 1,500 or more jack-o-lanterns ringing the path around the park.

Cookie monster or Elmo?

My youngest daughter Annie’s jack-o-lantern is the middle one of this trio.

Another assortment of jack-o-lanterns.

The monster cut-out jack-o-lantern done by my eldest daughter Vanessa.

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