Stony Brook’s popular scarecrow competition returns for its 30th year


The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Annual Scarecrow Competition is back in Stony Brook for its 30th year. 

This October, scarecrows will once again line the sidewalks of Stony Brook Village Center — socially distant, of course. 

The WMHO’s Halloween tradition continues Ward and Dorothy Melville’s legacy of creating positive and fun activities for the Three Village area in order to promote unity during hard times in the community. 

Kids, adults, and families are encouraged to explore their imaginations and create one’s very own, unique scarecrow in a location where they can maintain social distancing. 

Winners are chosen by the public and receive a cash prize. 

The registration deadline for the event is Friday, Sept. 25. 

The winners will be announced virtually on Oct. 30. Stony Brook Village frequenters can vote for their favorite scarecrow between Oct. 1 and Oct. 26. 

Simply fill out a ballot and return it to any shop or restaurant in Stony Brook to be counted. 

Registration for this event is required. Registration forms (pictured below) can be picked up at any of the shops in Stony Brook Village, or it can be downloaded on the Stony Brook Village Center website here. 

The form also lists the rules and requirements for participants and their scarecrows.

To enter this competition, please return the completed registration form and the entry fee of $25 to The Ward Melville Heritage Organization – P.O. Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790. Checks should be made payable to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. 

For more information, please call the Ward Melville Heritage Organization at 631-751-2244.

Top: Picture of a scarecrow at last year’s competition in Stony Brook

All other photos provided by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.