Calling For Scarecrows at Van Vleck House & Gardens

The Montclair Foundation and Van Vleck House & Gardens invite families, individuals, scout troops, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and organizations to participate in Van Vleck House & Gardens second annual Scarecrow Exhibit in the Gardens.

From traditionally designed 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. Just make sure your scarecrow is weather-resistant and sturdy in order to qualify for display and judging.

All entries are welcome as long as they are family-friendly and homemade. Scarecrows must be dropped off on October 4 and 5 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Scarecrows will grace the beautiful grounds and winding pathways of Van Vleck House & Gardens from October 7-October 24. Winners in each category will win $500 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. The community will be able to vote for their favorites in real time online, voting for their favorite in each category.

The winner’s will be announced Wednesday, October 20 and will be presented with their checks to the nonprofit of their choice on Saturday, October 23.

Click here for more information and to register your handcrafted scarecrow. Registrations are due by Thursday, September 30.

This event is free and sponsored by PSE&G, PNC Bank and Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center.

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