CHRIS BURROW / Peddler’s Village

Scarecrows are a sure sign of fall, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to make your own cherished harvest decoration? Find out where you can make your own scarecrow during a workshop, or where you can display your very own straw person that you make at home.

September 10, 11, 17 and 18

Scarecrow Making Workshops
Peddler’s Village, New Hope, PA
They provide the straw, clothing and instructions, and you provide the creativity! During the village festival and you can make and take your own scarecrow. Stay for live music, entertainment, shopping and great food.

September 17

Scarecrow Making
Mood’s Farm Market, Mullica Hill
Just bring your creativity, because all of the supplies will be provided to make and take home your own scarecrow.

October 5 – November 13

Scarecrows of the Sea
Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Although you won’t be making your own scarecrow, you can check out “seaworthy” scarecrows designed like pirates, penguins and mermaids that were handcrafted by aquarium employees!

October 8

Scarecrow Contest & Children’s Fall Festival
Hamilton Twp. Public Library, Hamilton Twp.
Set up your scarecrow for judging to win prizes. Afterward, your kids will be intrigued by the Unique Creatures Animal Show and the Mad Science Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree magic show.

October 17 – 31

Scarecrows in the Gardens
Van Vleck Gardens, Montclair
From traditional scarecrows to dark-and-scary tributes to Halloween, from repurposed and upcycled creatures to sewn-and-stuffed homages to characters inspired by history, mythology, film or literature, the only limit is your imagination – if you’d like to submit one, entries are welcome as long as they are family-friendly and homemade. While visiting the gardens Oct. 17 – 31, cast your vote for the best one in each category.

October 22

Fall Harvest
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains
During this family fall festival, your family can make a do-it-yourself scarecrow. Bring an old shirt, pants, hat and pillowcase and someone will help you make a one-of-a-kind creation. Stay for the day and you can also  ride the trackless train, go to the pumpkin patch and decorate what they pick, do other arts and crafts, play games and win prizes, have fitness fun and eat healthy treats.

Throughout the season

Freehold Borough
Add some Halloween cheer to your front lawn by decorating a scarecrow. The scarecrows will be voted on by members of the community and the top three scarecrows on each street will win awards. There will also be a town-wide first place winner. If you don’t live in the borough, make sure you drive around town to see the straw-beings.