November 2, 2009
On November 1st, people in our neighbourhood take their jack-o-lanterns from the night before, relight them and place them in our community park - just a minute's stroll from my back door. It is a wonderful, spontaneous tradition, with literally thousands of folks adding their pumpkins to the parade. It's really an awesome spectacle.
This fairly new custom started about 6 or 7 years ago with around 20 participants and snowballing (if I can mix my seasons) into a citywide attraction. Coming home at dusk we were stuck in a traffic jam of parents with their young children and pumpkins in tow; some on foot, some being pulled in their wagons.
The jack-o-lanterns are left to smoulder all night and vandalism is at a minimum. The City agrees to collect them en masse the next day.
Here are some pictures (far too many) of last night's festivities. One person put Cinderella in her pumpkin. My yellow Lab Jersey is on hand to judge.