Halloween Scare… crows

I knew something was amiss as my car approached the village of Leap in County Cork when, from the window, I spotted a body face down by the side of the road.

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From a neighbouring field a banshee grimaced with hands outstretched…

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…and a witch soared overhead.

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It was the very first Hallowe’en Scarecrow Festival, a competition staged by the village to see who could come up with the scariest and/or funniest scarecrow in time for Hallowe’en, and it has proven to be insanely popular. Cars lined the road as I pulled into town and people milled around the main street ogling the hordes of scarecrows on display – I spotted well over a hundred of the spooky little guys popping out of windows, hanging from trees, dancing on rooftops and lolling in coffins.

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My favourites of the festival – well, you’ve got to love a pumpkin on a bike with ET in the carrier basket…

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…and everyone needs a little Nightmare before Christmas, right?

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Here’s hoping this becomes an annual event! Hope you had a very Happy Hallowe’en.

xxx Ailsa

 

For something a little less contemporary, check out how I celebrated Hallowe’en, or rather Samhain, last year: Echoing the Ancients in the Cradle of Samhain.

 

 

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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27 Responses to Halloween Scare… crows

  1. We had some amazing decorations around us as well, but not many trick-or-treaters, as the weather was chilly and a bit rainy. Had to hide the rest of the candy so my husband wouldn’t eat too much. 🙂 Now I have to figure out what to do with it.

    janet

  2. What great community spirit!

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, such a brilliant idea, I do so hope they turn it into an annual event, people were coming from miles around to see those scarecrows. 🙂

      • We have a similar event in our area but focused on decorating hay bales – often hilarious, sometimes political, but always creative!

      • Yes, the decision that this will be an annual event has been made! The whole village has been thrilled with the success of the first (of many… ) Scarecrow festival… hundreds of visitors daily, from far and wide, in our small village. At the end we had nearly as many scarecrows as our about 200 inhabitants. And the whole thing ended with a big fancy dress party. Check it out on our FB page: An Leim – Leap . We are so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  3. There are a lot of scary scenes here!

  4. Sure hope this becomes annual treat! Awesome parade of ingenuity 🙂 my favs are that guy lounging under a tree and the witch by the green trash bin – super naturalistic!

  5. tms says:

    Love those scarecrows!

  6. Sallyann says:

    Brilliant. I’m one of those old ladies who sits in the dark on Halloween, but this might even entice me to join in. 😊

  7. 76sanfermo says:

    I’ve never been a fan of Halloween , but I realize now , (never say never) that this is a great opportunity of socializing and meeting people in a creative and traditional event!

  8. Fabulous and so creative. My favourite scare is the banshee. 😯

  9. Wow…all the photos are really awesome!!

  10. Loved this. It’s always great to see a collaborative effort that really works.

  11. Joanne says:

    What a great idea and how much fun would this be – what a fabulous event to witness! 🙂

  12. These are wonderful – it’s always great to see people’s ingenuity! I like the mermaid.

  13. What a great idea – love them all. Great community spirit

  14. I love these! Some of the villagers have a great sense of humour! My favourite one is the first one I think.

  15. That’s totally awesome!

  16. Scary, but big fun, Ailsa. I love your assembly of scare crows, witches, pumpkins and aliens! 😉

  17. These are fabulous! I wish we had halloween scarecrows here in South Africa!

  18. Donna Yule says:

    NOVEMBER 6,2015 LOTS OF WONDERFUL SELECTION OF PHOTO’S FROM ALL OUR WONDERFUL GROUP TODAY THANK YOU

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