It seemed the crows like to use them to rest upon.
But, those silent sentinels of country gardens were things of nightmares; a human-like figure crucified against the setting sun between rows of bright green corn stalks….
A REAL scarecrow is scary. Not a happy autumnal symbol sold at craft stores in happy clothes with rosy cheeks.
In one of my candlelight tales, I told of my own creepy countryside experience with scarecrows -
I was very inspired this year to make a scarecrow head. He is for sale in my etsy shop and I call him “Crow Eater.”
Along the line, we learned to regard them in darkened fields as ominous effigies.
Today, birds are discouraged with sound cannons and silver shiny streamers, but our “field people” are still around as a nod to planting season and culture.
Movies like “Jeepers Creepers” (1 and 2), they took on a very sinister life -
In the movie “Sleepy Hollow” one greeted us in a sinister manner in the opening scene.
And while you have the costume on, perhaps you should….
You can make scarecrows lots of ways and here's an example below – just take the concept and create -
Had enough scarecrows? Never! There's a terrifying scarecrow short story in my huge horror short anthology book.
Here's a sample of it:
The squeaking scarecrow stands whined around him like pleading children. He couldn’t resist the grim desire to view the spectacle. The amber hazy last bits of sunlight cast on the pumpkin heads making them glow. The wind created a sail effect on the clothing, making each scarecrow seem to inhale and exhale painfully as they pivoted on their poles, arms swinging stiffly to and fro.
If I look at them long enough, they really appear alive!
There was even a scarecrow miniseries – let's go back several decades…. “The Scarecrow Romney Marsh”
This year, our favorite pumpkin carving artist of all time, Ray Villafane (I buy my carving tools from his online studio), has taken on scarecrows – bless his soul! This unbelievably talented artist is going to forever change the art.
The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (miniseries)
Night of the Scarecrow (my favorite from the 1990s)
Wizard of Oz
Jeepers Creepers 2
Kakashi (2001, Japanese)
Messengers 2: The Scarecrow
If you're in St. Charles, Illinois, you might go to the Scarecrow Festival October 7-9 (LINK). Every year they have this fun shindig with all kinds of vendors and contests. Walk among the scarecrows!
Hungary has been using creepy scarecrows to scare of migrants. It works for me. How about you?
Want to wear a scarecrow costume?
Want to enjoy a scarecrow prank?
Now, if you are sufficiently ready for the season, enjoy some Scarecrow ale as you watch one of the movie suggestions above. Perhaps the creepiest one with a scarecrow main character is – Night of the Scarecrow (1990s)