The scarecrows have returned!  No, I'm not talking about a horror movie. I'm talking about the annual scarecrow display on the Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, Ind. 

Every year, the Downtown Danville Partnership allows local groups and businesses to create a scarecrow display advertising their business and showing off their creative, spooky skills during the month of October. This is really such a fun, unique way to usher in the fall season.

The square itself is a great place to stroll anyway, surrounded by local shops and restaurants, so to have these amazing Halloween displays provides an extra treat! 

Harvest of Historic TreasuresHarvest of Historic Treasures display

I'll be honest. This is my first time seeing the scarecrow displays. I grew up in Hendricks County, and I have lived in Avon up until this year.

But now I live in Danville, so the square is just five minutes away from our new house. I took a drive to the square to see what the fuss was about, and I'm so glad I did.

The first display that caught my eye came from the Hendricks County Historical Museum. They kept it classic this year with a harvest-full display of pumpkins, scarecrows, sunflowers and hay bails. This cozy seasonal display reminds us we have such a unique treasure right here in Hendricks County.

The museum is an amazing step into the past. I grew up visiting it on field trips, and I've been able to chaperone my own kids' field trips here. Walking inside feels like stepping into the past, a relic of architecture filled with treasures dating all the way back to 1866.

The house itself served used to serve as the Sheriff's residence and county jail, and it's all set up just how it would have been 150 years ago!

Gardening for Ghouls

The Hendricks County Garden Club showed off their crafty side by creating a ghoulish display out of painted flower pots.

This club exists to encourage more gardening, answer questions and promote more gardens. Their events include plant sales, flower shows, and classes to help gardeners of all levels grow all kinds of vegetables, plants, and flowers.


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Hocus Pocus FunThe Hocus Pocus display is both fun and interactive.

Since one of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus, one of my favorite displays was by Home Grown Salon in Danville!

They even created a great photo opportunity from the famous Halloween movie letting your little ghouls or other family members provide the faces for their three Hocus Pocus-inspired scarecrows.

Choose your favorite Sanderson sister and take a photo with your family. And if the salon can do wonders with some crafting materials, imagine what they can do with your hair.

Blocks and Boos

Every kid will recognize the block zombie from Minecraft in Indy West Snapology's display.

Snapology believes kids learn through playing (and adults probably would, too, if we would just relax and let loose a little). They offer year round programs for kids ages 1-14 using LEGO® bricks, K'Nex and technology.

The kids love it, and they're learning at the same time.

"Ghost Turd"This kind of creativity makes seeing the annual Scarecrow Display an annual tradition.

The Town of Danville Wastewater Department did a poo-tiful job on their "Ghost Turd" display, showing us how scary it can be when we don't flush the correct things down our toilets. Their display is funny, creative and educational.

There are more to see, but I wanted to share a few of favorites and let you be surprised by the others. Viewing the scarecrows is completely free, but they disappear before Halloween.

A jury will choose the top three displays, and the winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 29 at the new Scares On The Square event.

I suggest making a fun, family night of it. Check out the displays, have everyone in your family pick a favorite, take some photos, then head to Mayberry Cafe, The Beehive or even Two Guys Pies for dinner.

If you're going during the day, check out local favorite shopping spots like Seize the Night, Gallery On The Square or Forget-Me-Nots.

And don't forget to grab a box of Red's Donuts for the family before you head home. Happy Halloween!