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Save your jack-o-lanterns for the Pumpkin Parade in downtown Kingston

Jack-o-lanterns lined up around the fountain in Confederation Park for the 2018 Pumpkin Parade. Submitted photo.

This Friday, after all of the ghosts and goblins have disappeared for another year, area residents will find themselves wondering what to do with their pumpkin creations.

Wonder no more! The Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) is once again hosting its annual Pumpkin Parade. Give your jack-o-lanterns another chance to light up the nighttime skies — and save yourself the clean up, as the BIA already has that sorted out.

Residents are invited to participate in the Pumpkin Parade a few different ways. For those that want to see their ghoulish gourds on display in Confederation Park, bring your carved pumpkin to the park anytime after 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Participants are asked to bring their own tealights or LED candles to illuminate their creations.

Then, at 6 p.m., the Pumpkin Parade kicks off, allowing residents to take a stroll through the park and admire all of the different carving work and characters glowing in front of City Hall.

Once the event wraps up, the folks at the BIA will ensure your pumpkin is used in a positive way. Pumpkins will be donated to Queen’s University’s Smash the Stigma, which raises funds for Student Wellness Services at Queen’s, or Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre to feed some of the animals fostered there. Remaining pumpkins will be composted, so no matter where your pumpkin ends up, it will be used purposefully.

Save your pumpkins on Halloween night and join in the Pumpkin Parade celebration this Friday.

For more information on the Downtown Kingston BIA, click here.

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4 thoughts on “Save your jack-o-lanterns for the Pumpkin Parade in downtown Kingston

  • October 29, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    You can also give them to a wildlife reserve like Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre as they will use them as good for the wildlife in their care. Better solution than ‘smashing’ them.

    • October 29, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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      Hi Mabyn,
      As the article states, the pumpkins will be donated to Sandy Pines and Queen’s Smash the Stigma.
      Hope that helps!

  • October 30, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    So many jack o’ lanterns are mouldy already, unfortunately.

  • November 1, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    Pumpkins are always welcome at sandy pines wildlife centre for the animals, especially the deer who love pumpkin.

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