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Halloween arrives, and Canadians embrace the season wholeheartedly

The writer’s front door became one of many in her Toronto neighborhood decorated for Halloween, which she found to be about togetherness more than anything else. Source: Sara Miller Llana/The Christian Science Monitor

New to Toronto, I get asked many questions: about how I find the schools or the public transportation system. There’s another topic that has come up with confusing frequency too.

“Have you ever experienced Halloween in Toronto?” asked one father in the schoolyard in the still balmy days of September. “Enjoy your first Halloween in Toronto,” said a Spanish journalist when I introduced myself as a newly arrived colleague.

By October the house decorations in my neighborhood came out, giving the

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