Scaring up a good time at St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

With their patched-up clothing, floppy hats and scratchy limbs, scarecrows are practically the mascots of the autumn season. Despite their name, they’re rarely able to frighten anyone (dumb birds excluded), and since all it takes to make one is some old clothes and a bale of hay, they’re one of the most family-friendly decorations there is.

If you go

Downtown St. Charles
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct 11-12; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13
Free admission; some activities cost extra
(630) 377-6161
scarecrowfest.com

So it makes sense that scarecrows are at the center of St. Charles’ most renowned festival, taking place in the heart of the city, right on the Fox River. Scarecrows pop up everywhere you look, from the 150 on display (don’t forget to vote for your favorites!) to the make-your-own versions that families can take home.

Family-friendly activities throughout the festival include a petting zoo, pony rides, fall photo booth, live entertainment, plus carnival rides and inflatables.

The main event is the Scarecrow Display Contest, which judges scarecrows in six different categories. But what’s truly on display is creativity, with past winners including The Munsters, characters from the Madagascar films and scarecrow superheroes.

There is a family category, so if you and your kids (ages 12 and under) have a brain for creativity, it might be time to sign up and test those teamwork skills. For scarecrow newbies, there are tips on the fest’s website. Entry may be free, but the experience … well, that’s priceless.

- Advertisement -

LATEST STORIES

Fashioning Family and Business with Alice and Wonder’s Ali Reff

In 2015, Ali Reff was on top of the world. Living in Chicago, newly engaged and working for one of the largest global public...

10 Kid-Friendly Chores That Can Help Teach New Skills

Household chores are more than inconvenient necessities or things to “make” your children do: They can function as building blocks for a young person’s...

Celebrate Christmas in July at Santa’s Village Amusement & Water Park

Make every day a holiday with kiddie rides, petting zoos, carnival games and more at this beloved holiday-themed amusement park.

Explore Ludington, Michigan’s Timeless Charms and Hidden Delights

Experience family fun in Ludington, Michigan with sandy beaches and sunsets that enchant every visitor, perfect for a serene getaway.


- Advertisement -