Carved sun on pumpkin, HVRA PumpkinFest; photo by MaryAnn Henderson
Photo by Mary Ann Henderson

Halloween in Harbord Village isn’t over on October 31! Every November 1 the sidewalks on Harbord between Spadina and Borden are lined with hand-carved pumpkins collected from local residents and business owners. Some are works of art; most were carved by inventive parents and kids. This festival is sponsored by HVRA and the Harbord Street Business Improvement Association.

There’s free hot cider, musical entertainment, and treats provided by local businesses. The street is thronged with admirers. See some of their photos below.

PumpkinFest 2020 was different: no trick-or-treating on Hallowe’en, no crowds of people admiring the collection of pumpkins the day after. But pumpkin carvers still created original carvings and inventive displays on their home porches and lawns, and lit them on Nov. 1 for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few sample photos — notice the snow in the final one! (Click on any photo to see it full-size.)

Thanks to photographers Dori Aspuru-Takata (and her dog Mazapán), Anne Fleming, Amy Furness, Richard Longley, Peter Macaulay, Lena Mortensen, and Regine Schmid for sharing their shots.

For even more photos of cute, amusing, clever, and scary pumpkins, browse the collections posted to the photo-sharing sites linked below.

PumpkinFest 2019 gave us a Friday night of seasonal sights, sounds, and tastes. Pumpkin carvers were as creative as ever, and the crowds came to admire their sculptures glowing in the dark. Music, hot cider, and other local treats enriched the experience. Many thanks to the dozens of volunteers who collected pumpkins, set them out on tables along Harbord, kept candles lighted, and then cleaned up afterwards. Thanks also to the roving photographers who gave us images to remember.

Two photographers kindly put a selection of their shots online. Click on their names to view their displays:

The weather posed quite a challenge to PumpkinFest 2018 organizers and volunteers. Thank you so much to everyone who helped on this windy and very wet night! Beautiful as well as scary pumpkins and the treats from local businesses rewarded the brave souls who came out in spite of the weather. (Thank you to photographers Anne Fleming and Anne Kerekes for these images. Click on the white arrows to see a slide show, or use the right-arrow button on your keyboard.)

Here’s an array of scenes from 2017—a cold damp night, but with lots of light, fun, and laughter along Harbord Street. Hot cider, chai, and baked treats from local businesses helped keep us warm. Thanks to local helpers who set up and took down the displays. Click the white arrows to see the slide show. (Thanks to photographers Graham Rempe, Richard Longley, Neil Wright, and others.)

Scenes like this happen every year! Click on the names below to see photo galleries contributed by local photographers, going back to 2010: