Sure, scarecrows in recent years have come to represent fall and “Autumn Festivals” since Halloween and witches have fallen out of vogue. But Build a Scarecrow Day falls on the first Sunday in July, not in October.
I suppose this makes sense as scarecrows are actually of use in July when gardens are beginning to produce and not in October, post-harvest.
This year the first Sunday is also the Fourth of July, so building your scarecrow early might be best. You wouldn’t want to mix straw and fireworks on the same day.
If we were deciding who in history we would like to invite over for dinner, the first person brilliantly to decide to post a stuffed version of themselves out in the garden would be a nominee. You have to figure that sort of agricultural creativity would translate into sparkling, entertaining dinner conversation.
Of course, one should not be too creative when making a scarecrow. The results tend to look blow-up doll pornographic. Hmmm. Maybe this gardner was trying to keep away neighbors as well as garden pests.
Far more preferable is tongue-in-cheek witty scarecrows with names like Tyrrano-straw-us Rex, Frosty the Snow-crow, Little Crow Peep, A-crow-bat, Double-crow-7, or Scarey Potter.
Ha! Happy building!