Each year, The Junction BIA holds an exciting event for families to celebrate fall together. The day is filled with family friendly activities, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and much more!

Toronto, ON, October 28, 2017, 2pm-6pm: The Junction invites you and your family to Pumpkinfest in the afternoon of Saturday October 28. Dundas Street West, at Keele, from Quebec to Indian Grove, will be hosting a fun day for the entire family. Beginning at 2pm, children of all ages are welcome to design or carve pumpkins at the Junction Train Platform. Pumpkins have been donated by the Sweet Potato, so they are free to carve, and all tools are provided too.

“Pumpkinfest has always been a family favourite in the Junction. It’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate fall. We are offering a safe and fun opportunity to go trick or treating in the afternoon (on a weekend). Get outside, enjoy games and activities with your family, join a dance party. The best part is that attendees can leave with a carved pumpkin (without the mess of doing it at home) for free. This event really showcases all the great things our neighbourhood has to offer!” said Christine Sweeton, Executive Director of the Junction BIA.

The Junction is full of fall spirit, there will be activities for all ages, and those in costume can go trick-or-treating at local businesses. Visit Haveli Home, Cut the Cheese, Lily Avalon Shoes, Junction Health, Isaan Der, Stadt Cafe, UB Social, Wildhood, When the Pig Came Home, A Perfect Pair, A&W, Pinot’s Palette, ARTiculations, Community Junction, Creative Children’s Dance Centre, Baby on the Hip, Snug as a Bug, Sweet Trolley Bakery, Natureal, Wilder, The Arts of Demolition, and The Sweet Potato. Look for the Pumpkinfest Trick or Treat Location decal on their windows!

Other special events include The Junction City Music Hall’s Monster Mash Costume Dance Party from 2pm-5pm. This is a family event, it is $5 per group, and everyone is welcome. So come on out with your costumes, dance, and play pinball and win some great prizes.

Snug As A Bug will feature a Teal Pumpkin window display this year, creating awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treater throughout the Halloween season. They will also host an afternoon arts and craft activity that includes creating superhero arm bands with stars and ghosts. As a bonus, they will be giving away baggies of secret goodies that promote crafting at home!

Weather permitting, there will be a bouncy castle at Junction Health too!

As a follow up event, on November 1st, from 6pm-9pm, there will be a Pumpkinwalk in the Vine Park (200 Vine Ave), as part of the City of Toronto’s Pumpkin Parade tradition. The Junction Project and Councillor Sarah Doucette will host this year’s event. Show off your pumpkin one last time before its fateful drop to the green bin, and line the park’s paths with all your beautifully-light creations.

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