Morris Arboretum’s

Scarecrow Design Contest is Back


Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for the 13th year (spooky right?) with the 2020 theme, “Fairy Tale ‘Crows.”  Think back to your favorite fairy tales. Who was the character you liked or feared most?  It’s your chance to re-create a scarecrow version of a fairy tale character for display at the Morris Arboretum. Could it be Goldilocks and the three bears, the beautiful Snow White or her evil Queen, or Ali Baba mouthing ‘Open Sesame’, or maybe it’s the brave Moana or the boisterous demigod, Maui? All fairy tale characters are welcome. Registration is open now and deadline to register September 25. $25 for Arboretum members, and $30 for non-members. The Arboretum supplies a frame, straw and burlap to get you started. You provide the creativity. Scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum from October 3 through November 1. Visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.  Top prize for the winning scarecrow is $250. Now is the time to register! Go to:


New this year! Lighted Lantern Halloween Walk

Don your costume and come to the Arboretum for a special nighttime walk through the Arboretum with lighted lanterns. Fairy Tale Scarecrows will be lit for viewing. Advance tickets are required and registration will be at Thursday, October 29, Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31 from 5:30-8pm

Morris Arboretum is one of more than 30 Philadelphia gardens in America’s Garden Capital. This 92-acre horticultural display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape.  The Morris Arboretum offers educational programs for many audiences ranging from youth to professional, and is a leader in botanical and horticultural research.  The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums.  For more information, visit:

Photo caption: Morris Arboretum’s annual Scarecrow Design Contest is open for registration. This year’s theme is Fairy Tale Scarecrows. All characters are welcome. Scarecrows will be on display from October 3 through November 1 and visitors will vote online for their favorite. Summon up your creativity and register at:

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