Downtown Kingston! gets in the Halloween spirit with two spooky events

Photo by Jessica Foley.

Every year Downtown Kingston! celebrates local creativity with a Pumpkin Parade the day after Halloween. This year, due to COVID-19 and the challenge of controlling crowds, the annual Confederation Park Pumpkin Parade has gone virtual.

According to a release from Downtown Kingston! (DK!) dated Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, they are hoping to create the world’s greatest online gallery of pumpkin art. Instead of bringing your jack-o-lantern to Confederation Park on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, interested participants can take a picture of their handiwork and post it on social media starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov 1.

When you upload your images be sure to use the hashtag #PumpkinParade2020 and also tag @downtownkingston. Downtown Kingston! says they will share, retweet, and repost all submissions.

“All boos, ghoul, and jack-o-lanterns welcome!” DK! said in today’s media release.

But before we get to see all the amazing pumpkin carvings, Downtown Kingston! wants to showcase the Halloween spirit of downtown businesses.

Participating Downtown Kingston! businesses will dress up both October 30th and 31st, according to the release. Visit businesses in-person, or online at the Downtown Kingston! website,, to see all the magnificent costumes. Always maintain physical distancing based on KFL&A Public Health guidelines.

Cast your vote online at for your favorite business’ staff costume and be entered into a draw for a $50 gift card to the winning business. Only one vote per person.

Voting starts Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.

And don’t forget to share your own Halloween plans in Kingstonist’s poll: Will your family trick or treat this year?

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