Oakville’s Pumpkin Parade gives jack-o’-lanterns one more day to light up the night


Published October 27, 2023 at 4:42 pm

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‘Tis the season for parades but not to worry – it’s not time for Santa to make an appearance in Oakville just yet; at least not until the annual Pumpkin Parade of jack-o’-lanterns at the Oakville Museum.

Wednesday will be the day to give your carved pumpkin another day to shine and feed local farm animals at the same time by participating in the Oakville Pumpkin Parade, hosted in partnership with the Oakville Public Library and Oakville Historical Society.

Oakville residents are encouraged to bring their creative pumpkin carvings to the museum’s Erchless Estate and settle in for some crafting, story time, and treats while staff light the pumpkins and line the paths near the Coach House.

Jack-o’-lantern drop-off is between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., followed by a craft activity, stories, treats, and the parade. Halloween costumes are encouraged for a fa-boo-lous time.

Following the event, pumpkins will be given to local farms to help feed their animals.

“Oakville is getting into the Halloween spirit and I hope residents will join the town for family-friendly activities at Oakville Museum this month,” enthused Mayor Rob Burton. “Council and I always look forward to seeing the community come together to connect with each other and have fun.”

In the event of rain and thunderstorms the Oakville Pumpkin Parade may be delayed or cancelled for the night. Follow the Town on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for updates. Parking is limited. For more details, visit the Oakville Museums Programs and Events page.

For Halloween fun at the Oakville Museum before trick-or-treat day, families with kids aged 4-9 can craft their very own paper cat mask and explore purr-anormal activity this Saturday.

Kids can also learn why cats were so special to the Chisholm family who once lived at Erchless Estate. The museum will host two sessions from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

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