The Wilton Chamber of Commerce is bringing back its popular scarecrow fest this fall in Wilton Center. In cooperation with Trackside Teen Center, the Town of Wilton, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Works, the scarecrow fest will run Oct. 18-31.

Residents, businesses and organizations are invited to participate by creating a scarecrow that will be hung on lampposts around Wilton Center.

“The scarecrows really add to the fall festive spirit in town and help make the village come alive,” says Chamber executive director Debra Hanson. “The scarecrow fest enhances our Halloween Walk and trick-or-treat Pumpkin Parade.” This year’s Halloween Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Scarecrow kits may be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce at 86 Old Ridgefield Rd., and on the Chamber website. Participants may also contact the Chamber office by email or calling 203.762.0567 to request a form.

The cost of the kit is $35 and includes the wooden post frame and hay to build the scarecrow.

Registration and payment must be received by the chamber by Saturday, Sept. 28. Kits may be picked up Oct. 3-4 at Trackside Teen Center (15 Station Rd.), from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. only.

Finished scarecrows must be delivered to Trackside on Tuesday, Oct 15 or Wednesday, Oct. 16 only, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. The scarecrows will be put up in the center of town on Friday, Oct. 18, where they will remain through Halloween.

The Town of Wilton will once again host a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt starting the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 18. Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt forms will be available on the Town website that afternoon. From Oct. 18-25, participants can walk through town at their leisure, search for the selected items on the scarecrows, and record their findings on the form. Drop completed forms in the designated box at Lang’s Pharmacy (28 Center St.) or Wilton True Value Hardware (21 River Rd.) by 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.  A prize drawing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the gazebo on the Town Green at the start of the Pumpkin Parade. The first three forms pulled from the box will win Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. All winners will be notified by email or phone. Participants/winners do not need to be present at the drawing.

For more information or to register, go to the Wilton Chamber website, or contact the Chamber office by email, or calling 203.762.0567.