Create Your Own Scarecrow to Display in Scarecrow Alley at the Emlen Physick Estate

Create your own scarecrow that will take up residence beside dozens of others along “Scarecrow Alley” this Halloween season, when the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., are transformed into a spectacle of scary and silly, all original, handmade specters from Friday, Oct. 12 through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The 10th Annual Scarecrow Contest sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is underway, and it’s time to rally friends, family, schoolmates and colleagues, or come up with your own idea, for creating a scarecrow. Registration is free. Register your entry and compete for prizes, with an overall prize of $200 earmarked for the People’s Choice Award given to the creator of the scarecrow that receives the most votes from visitors to the Estate.

Submit your registration form to Anna Marie Leeper at Contact Anna for more information at (609) 224-6045. Download an application form and rules at

The deadline to submit the completed registration form is Thursday, Oct. 11. Participants choose to register in one of five categories: (1) Individuals or Families, (2) Businesses (3) Non-profit, Church, Club, or Scout Troop, (4) School Class or (5) Munchkin (children ages 3-10).

Visitors to the Physick Estate will be encouraged to vote for their favorite scarecrow by filling out a ballot in the Carriage House through Oct. 31. Friends and family members are encouraged to visit the Estate and vote for their favorites.

Winners will be notified Friday, Nov. 2. Prizes include a People’s Choice Award of $200 for the scarecrow with the most votes, $100 in the individual/family category, a display ad on MAC’s website in the business category, and a pizza party for the winning nonprofit, community or scout group, the winning school group and the winning “munchkin” entrant and 10 of his or her friends.

For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit