Downtown visitors may vote for favorite scarecrow in annual contest

Scarecrows will be on display in downtown Toms River over the coming weeks.

The annual Scarecrow Walk will be held in Toms River from Oct. 16 through Nov. 1.

All eligible scarecrow entries were received by the Business Improvement District on Oct. 8. The Scarecrow Walk is a contest with three categories: Business; Individual/Family; and Community Group.

According to the Business Improvement District, each category will have a first place prize of $100, a second place prize of $75 and a third place prize of $50. There was no limit to the number of entries for an individual or a group.

“We wanted to create an event the whole community can become involved in. We hope people will come downtown to see the scarecrows, vote on their favorite, and visit our local businesses,” said Kim Dippolito, marketing director for the Business Improvement District.

The scarecrows will be attached to light posts downtown. Judging by the community began on Oct. 16 and voting will end on Nov. 1. Individuals may cast one vote in the contest.

“We have received a great response from the community in the couple of years the Scarecrow Walk has taken place,” Dippolito said. “Every year we get more people to register to create a scarecrow.

“There is so much going on at this time of year in Toms River. Between the Harvest Arts Festival, the Scarecrow Walk, Toms River High School South students decorating the windows for Halloween and the Halloween parade, it is a great time to visit downtown Toms River.”

Individuals may cast their ballot at the Business Improvement District office, 53 Main St. A ballot box is also available at the Ocean County Library, Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.

The winners of the scarecrow contest will be announced on Nov. 2 on the Business Improvement District website,, and Facebook page.