Scarecrows don't have to be replicas of Dorothy's friend in the "Wizard of Oz." Instead, there is a large variety of themes and costume ideas you can use to spice up your scarecrow and delight onlookers. When the weather gets chilly and Halloween beckons, dress up your scarecrow in a unique way and bring on the impressed oohs and aahhs, or give yourself some variety in your own fields that will keep the crows at bay.
Have the Circus in Town
A circus of scarecrow performers is a theme to centre an entire display around that will have your crows scared and your trick-or-treaters intrigued. For a colourful body suit, buy an adult circus clown costume and decorate the head of your scarecrow with clown make-up, replete with a curly wig and/or hat. To complement your clown, make a scarecrow acrobat by stuffing a pair of thick tights and leotard with straw. Use branches for the arms and add a wig to the head. What you use for the head of your scarecrow is up to you. It can be a pumpkin or other melon placed on a spike, or you can stuff a pillowcase with straw or cotton batting and place it on top of your scarecrow. Regardless of your choice, decorate the face of your scarecrow with sparkly make-up.
Tin Can Scarecrows
Scarecrows don't have to be made from straw. You can vary your materials by stringing together tin cans for arms and legs and attaching them to a larger can (such as a coffee can) on the sides and bottoms. The head can be a larger can with a small can (such as tomato paste) attached as the nose. Tin cans reflect light and are effective in scaring away crows.
Fairy tale Scarecrows
This idea is a derivation of the circus clown theme. The concept is to dress your scarecrow up in a way that wouldn't be expected. For inspiration, think of your favourite fairy tale or nursery rhyme. One example is to buy a medieval dress costume and a long blond wig to create Rapunzel; use branches or straw for her arms and a stuffed sack or pumpkin for the head. Make a Rumpelstiltskin theme by placing the miller's daughter sitting at a spinning wheel and a short little scarecrow standing next to them. Use illustrations from fairy tale books as inspiration for their clothes. Many costume shops have children's and adult costumes you can use to outfit your scarecrows.
One image that passersby will not expect to see in your Halloween decorations or on a pole in your corn field is a futuristic-looking robot scarecrow. Fortunately, this scarecrow is easy to create. Simply wrap cardboard boxes with tinfoil before stacking and gluing together them as the body of the ship. Use markers to decorate the spaceship with windows and a door. In the top box, draw a circle and attach pictures of yourself inside it as if you are in the spaceship looking out. Attach the ship to a pole and display your 21st century scarecrow.
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