The Hackettstown Business Improvement District with WRNJ Radio, will hold the 6th Annual Scarecrow Contest presented by Hackettstown Parking Authority, Centenary University, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Maser Consulting, The House of the Good Shepherd, MedExpress, and Dunkin’ Donuts. HKTWN BID businesses will be displaying Scarecrows around town in this year’s theme: Villains, taking inspiration from diverse characters, creepy and cute alike. Look out for those dastardly Villains at your favorite shops.

Last year, Steve’s Pit Stop Automotive, located at 147 Main Street, was the winner with a great scarecrow creation of a NASCAR Pit Crew, under the “SPORTS” theme for 2017.


This year, the BID again invites visitors and residents to take a Scarecrow Selfie, and submit the photo to or message through Facebook. The BID will create a Facebook photo album where everyone can vote for his or her favorite—one like per person per photo entry. The selfie with the most likes will win $25 in BID Bucks to spend at any business in Hackettstown.



HKTWN BID Executive Director Claudia Hadley said, “Our business owners and the community have enjoyed the Scarecrow Contest and we look forward to seeing their creative scarecrows designs on display. The excitement of Halloween encourages visitors to enjoy all the scarecrows around town, and to take a Scarecrow Selfie.”




  • Please sign up HERE with your choice of Villain. Villains are first come first serve, and must all be unique– no copies!


HOW IT WORKS:  HBID Businesses wishing to participate will create a scarecrow to be displayed outside their store. The Hackettstown BID must be notified by the participating businesses no later than October 3, 2018.  Scarecrows need to be in place by October 8. Scarecrows must be removed by November 12.


THEME: Villains  Participating businesses may chose a villain from any movie they wish. This includes Disney and cartoons. Every scarecrow must contain the basic characteristics of a traditional scarecrow, which include stuffing or hay that protrudes out of the hands, head, feet and neck.  It cannot just be a mannequin in a costume!



10/7 – All Scarecrows placed in front of participating businesses

10/8 – Contest begins; Scarecrow Selfie Contest open

10/26 – Judging deadline

10/31 – Winner announced on WRNJ

11/9 – Scarecrows can begin to be removed by businesses

11/12 – Deadline for scarecrows to be removed by all businesses


BENEFITS of Participation: Ample publicity from the Hackettstown BID and a chance to win phenomenal advertising!


JUDGING:  Scarecrows will be judged by the HBID Event Committee by October 26, 2018.  A prize will be awarded to the most creative scarecrow.  The winner will be announced on WRNJ on October 31.


PRIZE:  The winner will receive (50) 30-second radio spots on WRNJ.  Total value $1,500


For more information, please email the BID at, or call (908)-850-5004

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