Parading around dressed like a superhero is all part of Halloween. But imagine if there was a way kids could actually bring their favourite character to life. No special spells, potions or selling-of-one’s-soul required. Cross our hearts.
There is a special parade and party fundraiser known as the Toronto West Halloween Fest, supporting St. Joseph’s Health Centre, including their Just for Kids Clinic. It’s an event guaranteed to be a feel-good treat for everyone in the family’complete with superheroes, goblins and princesses alike.
Since kids can’t get enough of being in their costumes, they’ll be thrilled to participate in a monstrous parade packed with dressed-up families (and pets) routing through the High Park neighbourhood and ending at Palais Royale.
The historic Lakeshore spot will host a family-friendly dance party (including a concert by The Jaymz Bee’s Royal Jelly Orchestra) with magicians, a photo booth, storytelling and pumpkin decorating, Halloween-inspired finger foods, beverages and a (non-terrifying) ‘Thriller’ flash mob dance to keep the fun quotient way, way up for kids and their families.
Individuals can register for the parade ($5 for children ages 4 to 15 and $20 for adults). For access to the after-party, teams and/or individuals must register and raise $250, with proceeds going to The St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
Little ghouls and goblins doing some good? Gives us shivers just thinking about it.