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5 things to do this weekend: Pumpkins, parties, and an independent publishing fair

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Church Street Halloween Festival Church Street shuts down from Gloucester to Alexander streets in order to do Halloween right. Wellesley Steet East will also be closed at Church to allow costumed revelers to crawl and creep. Church and Wellesley. Friday, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, 3 a.m. Free. churchwellesleyvillage.ca

Sorauren Pumpkin Parade For the 10th year in a row, jack-o-lanterns gather in Sorauren Park for one last glorious, glowing evening. Over 2,000 pumpkins are expected to line the park in the sunset ceremony that has inspired spin-offs across town and as far as New York City. City parks staff have agreed to collect the pumpkins for composting. Sorauren Park, 289 Sorauren Ave. Saturday, Sundown (around 6 p.m.). Free.soraurenpark.wordpress.com

Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture Writers and readers of independent art can browse the 200 tables of zines, comics, small press books and more. And budding scribes can compete for glory and a prize pack in the book pitch contest. 918 Bathurst Centre, 918 Bathurst St. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 (includes a copy of Broken Pencil magazine). facebook.com

The Luxury Chocolate Show For grown-ups who are sad to be missing the trick-or-treat fun on Friday, there’s always the Luxury Chocolate Show. Chocolate fans can buy, make, and, of course, eat chocolate while taking in chocolate sculptures and classes in chocolate and wine pairings. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $25, $15 for children 5 to 13, free for children under four. torontochocolateshow.com

Toronto Downtown Record Show Hunting for a vintage Patsy Cline or Roy Orbison? Whatever your vinyl taste visit the record sellers at the bi-annual record show. Toronto Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. facebook.com

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