Some of the scarecrows hiding in downtown Arlington's businesses as part of this year's Hometown Halloween Scarecrow Hunt.

Scarecrows have come to roost in downtown Arlington to take part in the Hometown Halloween Scarecrow Hunt.

Families can pick up a list of clues for all 19 scarecrows in the downtown and are encouraged to find them all from now until Oct. 31.

The clues are found in the gazebo at Arlington's Legion Park.

The event has been put together by the Downtown Arlington Business Association and the city of Arlington.

"We have a committee that works on Hometown Halloween every year and this year we had to rethink what we usually do because of the pandemic," said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington.

There's usually a trick-or-treat event for local businesses. "We couldn't hold that because it would create a crowd," said Lopez.

Instead, they are putting scarecrows throughout downtown for families to find.

"This is something you can do on your own," said Lopez.

The event is also encouraging people to come down and explore some of the Arlington downtown.

"Hopefully have people can down and shop in the downtown," said Lopez.

There are 19 scarecrows in total and they were built by local clubs and groups.

"The Arlington Garden Club had already created some scarecrows that they donated to us," said Lopez.

The garden club was also in contact with a local fifth-grade class that helped to create some of the scarecrows.

"There was also a Girl Scout troop which usually does service projects but this year all their usual projects have been canceled so they helped create some scarecrows for us," said Lopez.

Participating families who have found all of the scarecrows can send their list to the Downtown Arlington Business Association.

"You write down where you found the scarecrow and what it looks like," said Lopez.

"The Downtown Arlington Business Association will draw names and give out prizes," she said.

Two age groups will receive prizes as part of the event.

Many of the Hometown Halloween events this year have had to transition to distanced events, but organizers who usually take part are still planning a variety of activities.

"The Farmer's Market is going to have a special market on Oct. 31," said Lopez.

The Downtown Arlington Business Association is having a window display contest for businesses and the Biringer's Black Crow Pumpkins and Corn Maze is still open.

"The Arlington Arts Council, instead of having a live costume contest, is holding a contest on their Facebook page," and individuals can send in photos online, said Lopez


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