The 31st annual Great Pumpkin Trail is coming soon!

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“There is magic in the night
When pumpkins glow by moonlight”
~unknown

Glowing jack-o-lanterns, an ‘abandoned’ village, characters in strange costume—it’s the perfect setting for some Hallowe’en fun!

Every year, the pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place is transformed into a trick-or-treaters paradise: no cars and candy galore. Plus it’s low on scare factor, making it ideal for wee ghouls and goblins, princesses and superheroes.

On your way in, pick up a toothbrush—because cavities are really scary!—courtesy of these local dentists and hygienists: Dr. Sukhman Chauhan, Dr. Richard Cook, Dental Hygiene by Dezarae, Dr. John Koncan, Dr. Sharon Koncan, Dr. Deane Murdy, Dr. Chris Pearce, Dr. Doug Raynor, Dr. Shervin Rowshani & Associates, and Dr. Marc Yarascavitch.

Then visit each of the village’s buildings, which are decorated by sponsoring businesses and families, who will be doling out the goodies. Building sponsors this year are: the Allen family, The Banger, Falls Law Group, the Huddlestone family, Huntsville Forester, Huntsville Hospital nurses, Huntsville Lake of Bays Fire Department, Huntsville Public Library, Kelsey’s, Moose FM, The Nutty Chocolatier, Santa Claus & the Tooth Fairy, and Strata Wealth & Risk Management, each aiming to be chosen for the best-decorated building award.

Alice Cooper in Wonderland, Matt Allen, with Red Queen Lori Allen

Alice Cooper in Wonderland, Matt Allen, with Red Queen Lori Allen, at the 2018 Great Pumpkin Trail. What will they be this year?

(Clockwise from front left) Alexander and Nolan Stevenson with pirates Cortney LeGros and Amber McNair

(Clockwise from front left) Alexander and Nolan Stevenson with Huntsville Public Library pirates Cortney LeGros and Amber McNair at the 2018 Great Pumpkin Trail. The library won the best-decorated building award last year.

The first Great Pumpkin Trail was held in 1989 and now in its 31st year it remains an annual tradition for many families.

“It’s a great event for families, especially those with younger kids,” says Muskoka Heritage Place manager Ron Gostlin. “Kids can run around and have fun without worrying about cars, and parents can socialize at the same time.”

There are even prizes for families who all come in costume.

Admission to the Great Pumpkin Trail is $3 per head – head must be attached to a body – or $10 per family. As adorable as they might be in costume, no pets are allowed – registered service animals only. The event runs from 5-8pm on October 31 with last admission at 7:30pm.

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