Scarecrow

The Scarecrow is a scary story about a farmer who builds the scariest and most hideous of all scarecrows to take care of his farm.

Scarecrow

There was an old farmer in Arizona who owned the best farm in the area. Everybody said his crops were the best and people came from all over to buy their goods from him. Whenever people asked him how he was able to grow such good quality crops, the old farmer would say it was all down to his scarecrow.

“That old scarecrow is the one I have to thank”, said the farmer. “He makes sure no crows or critters or pests come near my crops”.

The old farmer had built the scarecrow himself and it was a fearsome sight. He spent months working on it to make it as scary as possible. He knew how important it was to keep pests away from his crops. So he gave it enormous straw arms that stretched out about 6 feet and big long legs that made it as tall as a tree.

But the scariest thing about this scarecrow was it’s head. The farmer carved it himself out of a huge pumpkin. He spent countless days and nights perfecting his design until it was perfect. The scarecrow’s face and head was so grotesque and ugly that even he was sometimes scared to look at it. But it was very effective, scaring away every rodent and bird that ventured near.

The neighboring farm was owned by two young men who were brothers named Josh and Harold. They were lazy and never did much work around the farm which resulted in their crops being bad. They were jealous of the old farmer’s success and were plotting against him. If they could drive him out of business they could take over his farm and make more money.

So one night, the brothers decided to sneak onto the old farmer’s land. They stole his prized scarecrow and brought it back to their own house, where they stuffed it into an old closet so nobody would ever find it.

The next day, the farmer woke up to find his hideous scarecrow missing and all his crops being eaten by rats and crows. He fell to his knees and cried, knowing that his farm would soon be out of business. Meanwhile, the brothers, Josh and Harld were watching from their own property and couldn’t help laughing out loud when they saw the old man’s tears of grief.

Hearing the laughter, the old farmer came over and asked them if they knew what happened to his scarecrow. The brothers looked him right in the eye and said they had no idea where his precious scarecrow might be.

“But you know I’ll go out of business and have to sell my farm if I can’t find my scarecrow”, said the farmer.

Josh just laughed in his face, saying “That’s just your tough luck, isn’t it?”.

“Sucks to be you”, giggled Harold.

The old farmer walked slowly back to his house, his head hanging down in defeat and depression.

That night, as Josh and Harold had trouble sleeping. Not because they felt any remorse, but because they couldn’t get the image of the scarecrow’s horrible twisted face out of their minds. They decided they would never be able to sleep as long as that ugly pumpkin head was in their house. So they got up and dragged the scarecrow out of the closet.

Harold took a baseball bat and smashed the scarecrow’s head to pieces until all that was left was little bits of pumpkin strewn around the floor. The brothers swept up the pumpkin head pieces and threw them in the trash. Then they went back to bed and were soon fast asleep, having put all thoughts of the disgusting scarecrow face out of their heads.

Some time after midnight, Josh and Harold were awoken by the sounds of scratching and clawing at their bedroom door.

“Did you forget to put the dog out?” asked Harold, sleepily.

“W-w-w-we don’t have a dog”, stammered Josh.

Suddenly the bedroom door burst open and a solitary long straw arm snaked in through the opening. Then a second arm thrashed around, followed by two long stick legs. The two brothers were frozen in fear and could only look with horror as the headless scarecrow’s body rose up on it’s long stick legs and it’s long arms reached out for them in the darkness.

Harold felt a cold sinewy, straw claw close around his ankle and screamed as loud as he could. He begged his brother Josh to help him. But Josh was already running out of the bedroom. Fleeing in terror, he ran down the hallway, crashed through the front door and out onto the moonlit road.

He ran as fast as his legs could carry him, puffing and panting and screaming at the top of his voice. As he passed his neighbor’s house, he saw the old farmer standing at his gate. In the moonlight, he could see the farmer just staring at him with a strange smile on his face.

Josh kept running, his bare feet slapping against the rough gravel road. He glanced back over his shoulder and saw something that scared him to his very soul. He saw the scarecrow running along the road close behind him. It was gaining on him, coming closer and closer. And that wasn’t all he saw. He noticed that the scarecrow had a brand new head. And it looked a lot like Harold.

The End

Comments

  1. iXxBreezyxX says

    I read a different version. The two brothers built I scarecrow and named it after their rival and tortured it till it got possessed and they left then they forgot something and one is sent to get it.then he didn’t return so the other brother returned to the house to find that the scare crow skinned his brother and was drying the bloody skin on the roof

  2. ladyjane says

    That story was so pathetic lol its more funny than scary what can I say karma is all around.

  3. JesusGirl93 says

    Let this be a lesson to all who steal or vandalize other peoples property. It WILL come back on you.🙈🙉🙊

  4. Mutsumi says

    @SFK
    You’re welcome. I actually help some people edit their stories and things on Deviant Art, and some on Quotev. I don’t write much myself, because if it’s going to be a long story, I get writer’s block very easily.
    Oh, and I think I remember reading this in a book called Scary Stories, or something?

  5. XxNightmaregirlxX says

    Alright, but I think that the head, I don’t think it really was a pumpkin. I think that it killed someone else and took its head or something. But that is just one Nightmare’s opinion . . . . I had to say that!! lol

  6. Mutsumi says

    SFK I noticed that the word ‘behind’ in the last paragraph was misspelled probably a typo. it is spelled ‘behing’ in that sentence.

    Scaryforkids says: Thanks. Fixed!

  7. beachgirl says

    i heard a different version where two brothers didn’t like their neighbor so they made a dollish thing that looked like him and as time when on the “doll” started movin and when after the boys.

  8. B-Lovely says

    I happen to like this story. So please stop hating on it!
    But that’s only my thought. >:(

  9. BloodymaryBloodymaryBloodymary says

    @Britt-Bratt It’s not that good. And It shouldn’t be a movie…My thought…..

  10. Britt-Bratt says

    Woah thats scaryHe toke harolds head and put it as his head thats craze right there i love the plot and setting to this i wish it were to be a movie :D

  11. sakura says

    i wonder why the farmer had a strange smile on his face maybe he knows that the scarecrow is kinda alive?

  12. Midnight Spirit says

    It was an alright story, but why couldn’t the farmer have built a new scarecrow? Or was the farmer putting on an act? Who knows….

  13. pinkKaygana says

    interestin’, but i think ya should’ve just ended it at “w, w, we ain’t got no dog.”
    but then again, that’s just one Kaygana’s opinion.

  14. Earth_Demon213 says

    It was good. Could’ve been a bit longer though. But that’s just a lion’s thought.

  15. GothicGurl242 says

    this is actually a poor excuse for a scarey story. I’ve read bedtime stories scarier than that. jus kiddin. but seriously. it was getting pretty gud then it ended. to me it seems as if it wasnt finished. but thats just one girl’s opinion. :(

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