Patchogue’s Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its first-ever scarecrow making contest Saturday, Oct. 26 — and all kids ages 7 to 14 are invited.

All the scarecrow-makers have to do is supply their own clothing. The village will take care of the rest.

“Come join us in a fun-filled day and build your own scarecrow to display on Halloween night,” reads an announcement. “Each child will also get to make a Halloween craft to take home.”

The fall fun starts at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue Recreation Center, which is located at 380 Bay Avenue.

Prizes will be awarded for the best overall scarecrow, and the most original.

The village will then display the scarecrows outside the Recreation Center from Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

“Then we are asking for the families to take them home for Halloween night,” said the village’s Parks and Recreation department director, Maria Giustizia-Hilton

“We hope we have a lot of scarecrows so that maybe some can be displayed at Village Hall, and even Main Street in front of some businesses,” she said. “The more kids come, the more scarecrows we will have to display in the village.”

Woodside Nurseries donated 25 free pumpkins for the contest, so the first 25 kids to signup will each get a pumpkin. Bay Gardens and Nurseries in Moriches also donated three bales of hay.

The event is free, but organizers ask that would-be participants call ahead to reserve their spot: 631-475-4302.

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