SCHERERVILLE | A scarecrow-making contest has brought out the competitive Halloween spirit at the Residences at Deer Creek.
The senior living facility’s Men and Women’s Club already has a friendly rivalry going. But community entrants like Lake Hills Church and Dyer Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center have really fanned the competitive energies.
Scarecrow contest entries are on display in front of the Residences at Deer Creek, on U.S. 30 east of Austin Avenue, through Halloween. Passers-by and visitors can vote for their favorite, either on Facebook or by casting ballots at the facility’s front door.
Winning entries from outside the facility will win cash prizes, $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third.
The contest is all part of a full slate of October activities for residents. Putting them outside has also been a good way to acquaint the community with the facility, which has been open since January, Life Enrichment Director Cindy Horgash said.
Dyer Rehab’s entry fit its mission statement: Its scarecrow is posed on a treadmill. Girl Scout Troop Leader Noelle Peters and her Scouts have entered their version of Dorothy and the Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz." Lake Hills Baptist Church built three individual scarecrows and Music Therapy with Rachel entered a family of singing scarecrows.
Bethesda Lutheran Communities put together “Crowing Along, Singing A Song,” which combines crows with scarecrows.
As for Deer Creek’s entries, the Memory Care Unit took on the challenge of recreating the farmer and daughter from the famous painting, “American Gothic.” The Men’s Club came up with the idea for “Dr. Death,” a chainsaw-wielding “doctor” made of cardboard.
“I like the way we presented the chainsaw,” said Men’s Club member Chuck Huff, who’s been a Deer Creek resident since May. Huff holds bragging rights, since he helped build both the chainsaw and Dr. Death’s hat. Huff is also convinced the club’s entry will win. He even holds up his fingers in an L shape, for loser, each time he passes Horgash in the hall.
Though the residents aren’t eligible for cash prizes, they will get a night out if they win. “The men have already said they want to go to Hooter’s,” Horgash said. The women, however, think their entry, Women Work While Men Fiddle Around, gives them a good chance, if only because so many women out there will be able to identify with its theme. Their scarecrows are male and female, and the woman is hanging clothes on a clothesline while the man is getting ready to play his fiddle.
“I think we’ve got a good chance (to win),” said Women’s Club member Juanita Novak.