Catching the Halloween Spirit

On October 20, 150 kids came to New Circles for costumes, school supplies, treats, and a whole lot of fun at our annual Halloween Spooktacular.

Halloween is a uniquely North American experience, and one of the most exciting holidays of the year for kids. Going door-to-door to trick-or-treat is of course a big part of the fun. Many schools, daycares or community centres also have Halloween parades or parties, with a chance to show off your inner goblin, ghoul, princess or pirate.

However, many of the families who visit New Circles have never participated in Halloween before and have limited resources to spend on such activities. The Spooktacular (like the Prom Boutique and Suit Event) ensures families living on a low income don’t miss out, by providing great costumes and accessories at no cost. The event also features activities and games that help newcomer kids learn about Halloween traditions.

To get ready for the spooky festivities, we welcomed a big group of Grade 3 students from Toronto French School on October 18, who made Halloween decorations and jack-o-lanterns.

Thanks to everyone who donated gently-used costumes and accessories, as well as our awesome volunteers and staff who helped run the event.

Special thanks to Meredith Ashton Beales, Brooke Beales, and Meghan Lauber and Hannah Crowe from Blythwood Junior Public School for organizing community costume drives, Whittamore’s Farm for donating pumpkins, and Ms. Rehman’s Grade 3 class from Toronto French School.

Click here to check out photos from the event!


New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.