East Lynn Pumpkin Parade, 2019

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November 1. Halloween is over, and the city is filled with leftover pumpkins galore. Before heading off to the afterpatch, they enjoy one last shot of glory at the numerous community pumpkin parades held across Toronto.

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East Lynn Park served as the display area in my neighbourhood.

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There were many variations on the classic jack o’ lantern design, including this one that could be a fall version of a snowman.

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A pair of his and hers pumpkins with retro flair.

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People passing this pumpkin couldn’t resist humming the Super Mario Brothers theme.

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Some classic Halloween icongraphy in this cluster.

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But the change in commercial seasons was already apparent in nearby stores. Stacks of fruitcake which may not be enjoyed for nearly two months greet shoppers heading into the Valumart next to Woodbine station…

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…while Dollarama is filled with Christmas supplies.

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So let’s enjoy a few final moments with the pumpkins of Halloween 2019.

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Vintage Toronto Ads: The Town that Sold Itself

Originally published on Torontoist on October 16, 2007.

Vintage Ad #380: Not Selling You On Meadowvale

Source: Toronto Life, June 1975.

Developers had to do very little to attract new homeowners into the rapidly expanding, brand-spankin’ new city of Mississauga in the 1970s. Open spaces, parkland, recreational venues, shopping plazas, and day care spaces were among the tidbits thrown to those looking at suburban creature comforts.

Most of all, new homeowners wanted easy access to rustic jug milk stores.

This development may have touted itself as “excitingly different,” but parting from the norm could only be taken so far. Item #12 makes it clear that eccentricity would not be tolerated in Meadowvale, thanks to tough rules. Discrimination against certain colours nearly led to a lawsuit from the GTA Regional Association of Purple Edifiers.