This Halloween season, Ontarians have a chance to walk through a scenic 2.5 km trail in Milton, Ontario, featuring more than 8,000 hand carved jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin sculptures and live carving demonstrations (did we mention it all takes place after dark?). And with Halloween fast approaching, there are only a few days left for you to enjoy this annual spooky delight!
This is the fourth year in a row that Canada’s award-winning largest outdoor drive-thru Halloween event is taking place in Country Heritage Park in Milton (about a one hour drive from downtown Toronto). And this year, it’s back as a walk-through event! Organizers say attendance is approaching 150,000 this year (in years past, tickets completely sold out).
Although the event takes place in the evening hours, it’s fun for the whole family (kids under three are free).
If you’ve gone before, don’t worry – over 80 per cent of the content is new this year. This year’s sculptures will include a carnival of horrors, a 40-foot long fire breathing dragon, plus brand new scenes with fun themes.
Three full-time carvers will bring thousands of pumpkins to life. For larger sculptures, it can take up to 200 hours to carve. The carvers use a combination of craft (foam) pumpkins and real fresh pumpkins sourced from local Ontario farms to produce the show.
A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to Joseph Brant Hospital in support of frontline healthcare workers. In 2020, the event raised over $25,000 ($20,000 to Country Heritage Park, including $5,000 to CHP Food Bank), as well as $3,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.
Pumpkins After Dark will take place at Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Rd. Milton, Ontario. The event runs until Nov. 5, 2022, and all tickets must be pre-purchased.
For more information, visit https://pumpkinsafterdark.com/ontario/.