Do It Yourself Scarecrow Day

The suburb’s biggest homage to scarecrow-making returns again to Historic Downtown Long Grove with a new socially-distanced set up!

DIY Scarecrow Day is an afternoon dedicated to harvesting charm and family fun.  Scarecrow engineers are invited to reserve a time to build their own custom scarecrow modeled after any character or idea they can create.  We encourage participants to plan ahead, gather clothing and accessories and register in advance. A $10 registration fee per scarecrow earns each group of builders a wood base, straw for stuffing, and building guidance from our team of volunteers.

**During our scarecrow building event, masks are required, social distancing guidelines will be followed and cleaning of work stations will take place between groups. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Pre-Event Clothing Drive

September 23 – October 8
As Fall has now arrived, take this opportunity to clean out your closets. Drop off any unwanted clothing at the Long Grove Visitors Center. A collection bin will be available. Visitors Center Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm and Sunday, 11am–5pm.


Saturday, October 10, 2020
Rain or Shine! We will cancel only for severe weather.


Brothers Field
(next to Fred Astaire Dance Studio)
342 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove


$10 per scarecrow. Register with credit card online. Cash or credit at the event. This is a non-refundable donation to the HDLGBA.
Registration is HIGHLY recommended to secure a time slot. Walk-ins are allowed, provided that a clean work station is available.

What Happens After the Event

Finished scarecrows will be displayed throughout downtown for the remainder of the month. Visitors have the opportunity to cast their votes online for the Scariest, Funniest and Most Creative.

Scarecrow builders can choose to bring their creation home rather than having it displayed in town. If left for display, builders can pick up their scarecrow after voting has been completed on October 25.


Scarecrow Contest Voting





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