Downtown Toms River Scarecrow Walk

The Scarecrow Walk returns to Downtown Toms River for the 4th Year!

    The streets will be lined with this crazy cast of characters! Come downtown to pick the winners - VOTE for your favorite!

    Scarecrows will be on display along Washington Street from October 15 - October 31, 2019.  Participating shops will have ballots.  Just look for the Scarecrow Walk poster in their window! 

    Do you think you have what it takes to enter the contest?!

    Now is the time to start planning your ultimate scarecrow!   So dig out those old clothes from the attic, rummage through your fall decorations and start designing the perfect scarecrow. 

  • The contest is open to all ages and there is no entry fee. 
  • Registration is required and must be received by Monday, October 7, 2019.  
  • Two chances to win!

  • New this year, there will be two chances to win. Your scarecrow will automatically be entered into both contests.
  • Peoples’ Choice - the public votes on their favorite.
  • Judges’ Choice - Special judges will be voting in three different categories, Business, Individual/Family and Community Group.
  • Review the rules below and scroll to the bottom to enter the Scarecrow Walk Contest! All entries must be received by Monday, October 7, 2019.

1st Place Business: A Thyme for Halloween
by A Thyme for All Seasons
2nd Place Business: Gracie
by Bubbys Beanery
3rd Place Business: The Doctor is In
by The Greenhouse NJ
1st Place Family: Manilenian
by Mel Marcelino
2nd Place Family: How About A Little Fire Scarecrow
by Jeff Brown
3rd Place Family: Family Fun In Fall
The Barron-Lowry-Smith-Carbone Family
1st Place Community Group: Smile, Sparkle, Shine
by Toms River Raiders D10 Cheer

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to all ages.
  • No entry fee!
  • Registration is required and must be received by Monday, October 7, 2019. 
Judges' Choice Categories:
  • Business
  • Individual/Family
  • Community Group

Judges' Choice Prizes:

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

Peoples' Choice Prizes:

  • First Place - $100.00
  • Second Place - $75.00
  • Third Place - $50.00


  • 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 - October 31. 
  • 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.         


Delivery of Entries:

  • Entrants are responsible for bringing their fully assembled scarecrows to the courtyard in front of Town Hall on Monday, October 14, 2019 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 along Washington Street!
  • Voting and Judging:

  • Peoples' Choice Scarecrow judging will be done by popular vote beginning October 15. Each person can vote only 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.
  • Judges' Choice judging will take place on December 31.

  • All winners will be announced on Friday, November 1, 2019 on our website and FaceBook page.
  • All scarecrows must be picked up by Friday, November 1 - Saturday, November 2, 2019.


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 15 - October 31! ~ Cast your vote!

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

Ballots will need to be dropped off at the Downtown Toms River BID office at 53 Main Street and in the lobby of the Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street..

Important Dates:
Registration deadline Monday, October 7, 2019
Date to drop off Scarecrows at Town Hall Courtyard Monday, October 14, 2019
Dates Scarecrows will be displayed downtown October 15 - October 31, 2019
HARVEST ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cast your Votes! October 15 - October 31, 2019
Winners announced on website & FaceBook Friday, November 1, 2019
Date to pick up Scarecrows Friday, November 1 - Saturday, November 2, 2019

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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