Scarecrow Contest

2020 Scarecrow Contest!

Los Alamos Arts Council is very excited to announce our 2020 Scarecrow Contest! To make MainStreet and the Creative District look as festive for as much of October as possible, Scarecrows will go up on Saturday, October 10th! This year, LAAC requests that all Scarecrows fit within the theme of MOVIE MONSTERS. Scarecrows will take their inspiration from all types of Movie Monsters. These can include the classic black and white Movie Monsters. For example, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man. Or inspiration can come from a more contemporary Movie Monster, such as Gremlins, Monsters Inc, or the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man. Please, keep in mind that this is a community/family-friendly event, and Scarecrows should not be overly gruesome or violent.

Applications are now available! You may download the application here, or pickup applications at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, beginning 10 am, Tuesday, September 22nd. Applications will be accepted at the front desk of Fuller Lodge Art Center beginning September 25th through October 9th, 2020, along with the entry fee of $20.00 (payable by cash or check made out to Los Alamos Arts Council). FLAC is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am -4pm. Applications will also be accepted on October 10th , between 10 am and 4 pm, when Scarecrows are brought for Pole Assignment. We will be assigning poles from the Fuller Lodge Art Center courtyard (weather permitting), 2132 Central Ave., Los Alamos. Scarecrows cannot be dropped off at any location before October 10th. If you are unable to come during the pole assignment window, please contact the Arts Council office at 505-663-0477 or laarts@rt66.com to make arrangement.

Scarecrows as a part of Halloweekend!

Community members are invited to start voting for “Fan Favorite” from October. 10th through October 31st at Fuller Lodge Art Center or online. Online Voting will be available by 5 pm, Saturday, October 10th. The winning entry in “Fan Favorite,” as well as four others, will each receive $70 in Chamber Checks — sponsored by Los Alamos MainStreet and the Creative District — and redeemable at dozens of local businesses. Official Judges from multiple local organizations will be looking at all Scarecrows, and giving points for originality, creativity, and construction. Announcement of the winners will be at 6 pm, via phone calls to the winners, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and here on our webpage!

Scarecrows will be on display from October 10th, through November 1st, 2020, for the community to enjoy.

Scarecrow Contest Background:

In collaboration with the Mainstreet and Creative District Office, Los Alamos Arts Council brings a bit of autumn fun to downtown Los Alamos every year by organizing the annual Scarecrow Contest.  Since 2001, scarecrows made by local businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, families, and individuals have graced the walkway lamps along Central Avenue during the week before Halloween, and up to Nov. 1.

2019 Grand Prize Winners

2019 Entries

 2018 Scarecrow Contest Grand Prize Winners:

2018 Scarecrow Contest:

Winners from 2017 Scarecrow Contest:


J&L Storage, Flowers by Gillian, Gordon McDonough, Strohmeyer Family, Lynch Family, Ufemia Bernal;
With honorable mentions to: Los Alamos Retirement Community, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church