Scary (and Not-so-scary) Scarecrows – at New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden, celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year, has planned some wonderfully creepy Halloween-themed activities and sights.

Until October 30th, The Botanical Garden has four fun events, for children of all ages, as part of its "Scarecrows & Pumpkins":

With "Scarecrows: From the Heartland to Horror":

"Sculptor and artist Ray Villafane returns to NYBG to create an original installation that explores the evolution of the scarecrow in the U.S., from its everyday role in agriculture to its status as a cultural icon in films and comic books."

Younger children (below 10-years-of-age), can encounter less scary scarecrows at "Scarecrow Nights".

"Pumpkins: Playful & Plentiful" is a full day of guided activities where children can explore their creativity - and nature! They can put on a puppet show, sprout a seed necklace, and see all the flowers, fruits, and seeds in the Adventure Garden (which also have some friendly scarecrows among the pumpkins and gourds).

Finally, "Giant Pumpkin Weekend & Meet the Growers" has pumpkins that live up to its name - with "some weighing in at more than a ton"!

And by meeting the growers, children can develop a true appreciation for nature, learning more about the growing process during these Q&A sessions.

[caption id="attachment_1580" align="alignnone" width="980"] One of Ray Villafane’s creations. Image from NYBG's Twitter.[/caption]