Heddington Ave Halloween Recap, by Josh Sherman
Residents on Heddington Avenue treat Halloween a little bit differently, and this year was no exception.
As she’s been doing for the past seven years on Oct. 31, Barbara Gordon organized her annual Heddington Avenue Halloween Display along the Forest Hill side street she calls home. The event sees pop culture paintings she’s done prominently displayed on neighbours’ lawns (and in more recent years a SickKids donation box at her house to raise money for charity).
This Oct. 31, however, there were some new additions. On top of an afternoon face-painting session, Gordon also arranged to have actors with gory green face paint staggering around like zombies in the evening to tie into this year’s theme: the popular drama The Walking Dead.
“I don’t watch horror flicks, I don’t do scary things, but for some reason this really appeals to me,” said Gordon. In past years, she’s gone with more innocuous themes, such as Spider Man or The Simpsons, in light of the hundreds of young children who come out. Not so, in 2015. “I thought, you know what, this year we’re ‘gonna scare them,” she said.
If numbers are any indication, people hardly seemed to mind. Gordon said the trick-or-treat festivities attracted about 900 kids on Saturday and helped her raise around $1,500 for the SickKids Foundation so far this year.