Cranford is gearing up for its 7th annual Scarecrow Stroll.
From Oct. 23 through 31, residents and visitors will see fun and creative scarecrows decorating street lamps and many other areas downtown. Families, school groups and business owners will all be competing this year to have their scarecrow voted a favorite.
There will be several special activities at this year’s event, according to organizers at the Cranford Downtown Business & Economic Development Office. Mommies 24/7, a women's group with members from Cranford, Westfield and other nearby towns, will run a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt. Trick or Treat Day downtown will be held Friday, Oct. 31.
Visitors can expect to find wild and crazy creations on every street and in store windows, according to organizers. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in the following categories: 12 and under, 13 and over, and business owner.
“We look forward to seeing what people come up with, and every year we are impressed,” Downtown Director Kathleen Miller Prunty said in a written statement about the event. “Of course, the best part is seeing people walking throughout the downtown enjoying the scarecrows and voting for their favorites. Every year, we count thousands of votes.”
Need ideas for your own fall decorating at home? See some of the Cranford scarecrows from previous years on the Scarecrow Stroll Facebook page.
Cranford residents and business owners can register by Oct. 4 and get entry guidelines at Cranford.com.