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The 20 best jack-o’-lanterns from last night’s pumpkin parades

The 20 best jack-o’-lanterns from last night’s pumpkin parades

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The night after the trick-or-treaters pack it in, Torontonians lug their jack-o’-lanterns down to their local park for a final hurrah before they hit the green bin. Every year, these pumpkin parades—there are now more than 20 across the city—become less cute community event and more pop-up art exhibition, featuring intricately carved pop-culture references (Pokémon, Star Wars characters) and characters that range from mildly frightening (ghosts and demons) to downright terrifying (Donald Trump). Here, we count down our 20 favourite squash masterpieces.

#20. Here’s an iconic image from Mary Poppins:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious #marypoppins #pumpkinparade #creative #halloween

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#19. We love this R2-D2’s scrappiness (there were a few BB-8s rolling around, too):

R2-EatToo #pumpkinparade #creative #halloween

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#18. It’s me, Mario:

 

#17. This one’s Slimer, from Ghostbusters:

 

#16. The blood dripping from this vampire’s mouth is a nice touch:

 

#15. Ordinary idea, extraordinary execution:

 

#14. No Halloween’s complete without a zombie nun:

Epic pumpkin #pumpkin #carving #jackolantern #Soraurenpark #theconjuring2

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#13. The first of our twofers, featuring a haunted house and Gandalf:

Haunted House & Gandalf #pumpkinparade #creative #halloween

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#12. Twofer number two, with another haunted house and a raccoon:

Coons & Creepy Houses #pumpkinparade #creative #halloween

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#12. This E.T. is straight-up art:

#pumpkinparade #friendsofbell #halloween #et #pumpkin #toronto #canada

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#10. Here’s another impressive combo:

Fright Night #pumpkinparade #creative #halloween

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#9. Fittingly, this Trumpkin somehow seems more orange than all the other jack-o’-lanterns:

"Make Halloween great again!" #spooky #trumpkin #pumpkinparade #soraurenpark #toronto

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#8. Here’s the requisite Bowie pumpkin (we think):

Who is this even?

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#7. Is this another Bowie, Labyrinth style? Or Tina Turner? Or Steven Tyler? You decide:

David Bowie? Tina Turner? Not sure, but it's certainly artistic! #pumpkinparade #creative #halloween

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#6. These aren’t the pumpkins you’re looking for:

 

#5. This batch gets extra points for originality:

 

#4. This might be cheating, because there are three of them, but, just, wow:

 

#3. Well, we know how this artist spent their entire October:

 

#2. We’re suckers for this one’s shadows and storytelling:

Who knew John had such artistic talent? First prize for this guy! #proudwife #happyhalloween #pumpkinparade

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#1. Someone should really tell La Carnita to hire this artist, pronto: