Let’s Put Scarecrows Higher on the Creepiness Scale

Why are scarecrows so eerie? They’re supposed to scare birds, not people. Right? Yet the creepy ones can drag me into the “uncanny valley” where my brain senses … something … is … wrong.

Halloween is full of creatures that can be scary or cute or fun, but some can be all of the above. Especially scarecrows.

Why Scarecrows? Why Not Clowns and Skeletons?

Clowns? Some are terrifying, but some are funny or even touching (such as Emmett Kelly). Skeletons? We all have one. Even as a kid, I…



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Anne Marble

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