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The Scarecrows are animate scarecrows that appear in the twentieth Goosebumps book, The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight.

History

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight

The Scarecrows appeared in the book and TV episode. They are inanimate scarecrows brought to life by the main villain of the book so that he can take over the farm. They attempt to get into the house multiple times in the episode. One of them is later seen attacking one of the protagonists, Jodie. They break through the barn house wood and attack everyone. In the book the scarecrows all die by being burned to ash by Sticks, one of the protagonists' friends. In the television episode, the scarecrows are shredded by the thresher, activated by Mark, one of the protagonists.

Goosebumps films

Three Scarecrows are among the many monsters that are released by Slappy in the 2015 film Goosebumps. They are taller than the other monsters, similar to the Pumpkin Head. Despite that, their appearance is not unlike their television look. Around the end of the movie when the monsters are dragged back into the book, one Scarecrow is visible as he is pulled in after losing his grip on a nearby tree.

In the end credits, the same scarecrow as seen on the original cover of the book the Scarecrows appeared in is animated and wakes up from a long slumber, his eyes glowing.

The Scarecrows return in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. A button-eyed Scarecrow is first seen as a Goosebumps-themed Halloween costume brought to life by Slappy. Several others, including a male and female couple, are later seen as Halloween decorations brought to life by Slappy using the Wardenclyffe tower. The first Scarecrow appears to be the same height as the original and TV versions, while the rest are taller as in the first film. All Scarecrows' designs are different from their appearances in the first film.

Other appearances

Merchandise

A scarecrow was released in 1996 by Kenner, appearing in a toy line called the "Goosebumps Monster Bags." The toys come in a bag filled with "slime," and you must first soak the bag in water for five minutes before opening. Another scarecrow was released in the Goosebumps: Collectibles line.

Actors

In the television adaptation of the book, the scarecrows were portrayed by multiple unknown actors.

In the first Goosebumps film, none of the scarecrows' actors were explicitly named in the credits, however John Herndon is known to have portrayed one. In Haunted Halloween, Alex T. Hill is credited as a scarecrow.

Trivia

  • In the first film, one of the scarecrows is missing his hat. This may be a homage to events in the book, where Jodie dressed Mark up as a scarecrow to scare Sticks. Mark mentions that he doesn't have a hat, and so Jodie replies that they will obtain a hat from one of the scarecrows.

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