Downtown Toms River Scarecrow Walk

Review rules and scroll to the bottom to enter the Scarecrow Walk Contest.
All entries must be received by Monday, October 8, 2018.

Social Worker
2017 First Place winner "Social Worker"
by Ocean Partnership For Children (Business Category)
More photos from the 2017 Harvest Arts Festival.
  • The contest is open to all ages.
  • No entry fee!
  • Registration is required and must be received by Monday, October 8, 2018. 
  • Business
  • Individual/Family
  • Community Group


  • First Place - $100.00 (each category)
  • Second Place - $75.00 (each category)
  • Third Place - $50.00 (each category)


  • All entries must be family friendly.  Scarecrows that reflect controversial social, religious, or political situations will not be accepted.  Downtown Toms River has the right to reject any and all scarecrows they deem offensive or inappropriate. 
  • Each group or individual may enter only one scarecrow.
  • Scarecrows must remain on display outside from October 15 - November 2. 
  • Scarecrows will be subject to the weather for several weeks.  Materials must be firmly attached to the scarecrow.  Use materials that will stand up to all weather conditions. 
  • We recommend that you check on your scarecrow periodically to make sure it remains in presentable condition.  The better it looks the more votes you will get!  If at any time a scarecrow deteriorates due to weather, Downtown Toms River reserves the right to remove it.
  • Display area of scarecrow should be no more than 4’ x 6’.
  • No electric will be supplied.
  • Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District is not responsible for any scarecrows on display.         


Oscar the Grouch2017 Second Place winner
"Oscar the Grouch"
by The McAllister Family
(Family Category)

Delivery of Entries:

  • Entrants are responsible for bringing their fully assembled scarecrows to the courtyard in front of Town Hall on Monday, October 15, 2018 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.
  • At check-in you will receive the pole assignment for your scarecrow, zip ties to attach the scarecrow to the post and a weatherproof sign with the name of your entry.
  • Scarecrows will be affixed to the light posts throughout Downtown. All scarecrows must face in toward the sidewalk and businesses and NOT face the street.
  • Location:

  • The Scarecrows will be displayed all along Washington and Main Streets!
  • Voting and Judging:

  • Scarecrow judging will be done by popular vote beginning October 16. The public can only vote once. Ballots are not valid without your name, address and email address. Ballots will be available in participating businesses in Downtown Toms River. Just look for the Scarecrow Walk Poster.
  • Ballots can be dropped off at ballot boxes located at the Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District Office, 53 Main St. Toms River and in the lobby of the Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street.
  • Public voting takes place between October 16 - November 1, 2018.
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, November 2, 2018 on our website and FaceBook page.
  • All scarecrows must be picked up by Monday, November 5, 2018.


Hold Harmless:

Neither Downtown Toms River nor their agents will be held responsible for any injury or damage associated with the Scarecrow Walk.


It is understood that Downtown Toms River and its agents may use photographs and stories about the actual scarecrow entries themselves, as well as all information contained on this Entry Form for publicity and promotion of the event.

All entries must conform to Downtown Toms River standards.  Downtown Toms River reserves the right to deny exhibition privileges to any entry considered to be offensive in regard to race, sex or religion.


The Scarecrow Walk will be up October 16 - November 2! ~ Cast your vote!

Ballots will be available at participating restaurants with a poster in the window.

Ballots will need to be dropped off at the Downtown Toms River BID office at 53 Main Street.

Important Dates:
Registration deadline Monday, October 8, 2018
Date to drop off Scarecrows at Town Hall Courtyard Monday, October 15, 2018
Dates Scarecrows will be displayed downtown October 16 - November 2, 2018
HARVEST ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Cast your Votes! October 16 - November 1, 2018
Winners announced on website & FaceBook Friday, November 2, 2018
Date to pick up Scarecrows Monday, November 5, 2018

Scarecrow Entry Application

Please support our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!
Xfinity Downs Ford Bath Fitter NJ Natural Gas United Water Toms River First Energy Foundation Shore Community Bank Allied Building Products Magic 100.1 FM WRAT 95.9FM The Rat Rocks! WOBM 99.9 The Hawk Stop & Shop Ocean County Tourism

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the NJ State Council on the Arts.
Photo credits: Vicki Pecchioli, Christine Bonafide and Toms River Online.


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