Scarecrow displays range from jovial to creepy at Residences at Coffee Creek

Andrew Redick
By: Andrew Redick Last Updated: October 25, 2019

These aren’t your typical scarecrows standing lonely in a cornfield. The grounds of Residences at Coffee Creek have come alive with artistic and elaborate scenes that range from creepy to jovial during the first Scarecrow Contest at the senior living community.

The wind and rain ruffled a few of the displays, but the scarecrows are expected to make a full comeback now that the sun is out. The public is invited to visit the displays and vote for their favorite, or vote online on the Residences at Coffee Creek Facebook Page.

Residents of Coffee Creek invited organizations throughout the community to create scarecrow displays for the contest. They put loads of hard work into giving their community a creative outlet for fall fun, assembling a wide display of different scarecrows to spruce up the property in true autumn spirit. While the wind did ruffle a few displays, the scarecrows are determined to show they have the same resilience as all Northwest Indiana residents when it comes to tumultuous weather.

Sharyn Rankin, a community member at Residences at Coffee Creek and one of the contestants, created the spookiest display, chucking the happy country scarecrow idea for a masked and ghoulish intruder standing next to a Happy Halloween sign dripping in classic scary Halloween font.

“An activity like this is lots of fun—it brings us and the community together and makes everyone happy for Halloween despite the not-so-great weather,” Rankin said. “[Residences at Coffee Creek is] a beautiful and happy place to live, you never have to eat or sit alone, anywhere.”

The team at Residences at Coffee Creek strives to help residents create a sense of community by inviting the public to participate in activities like the Scarecrow Contest.

“We want to encourage the community and the residents to come out and display their organizations and their creativity and just get into the fall spirit,” said Natalie Reisen, marketing coordinator for Residences at Coffee Creek.

Two displays are particularly heartfelt and sweet. The Porter County Volunteer Firefighters built two firefighters clad in actual firefighting gear. One is battling a house that is ablaze, and the other stands massive, cradling a scarecrow baby in his arms. The Dunes Hospice display features a jovial scarecrow couple sitting on a park bench enjoying the autumn weather. A sign nearby reads Fall in Love.

Chasing Dreams Learning Center made scarecrow Minions from the popular Despicable Me movies, and Girl Scout Troop #35567 built an old fashioned Girl Scout cookies sale Stand staffed by three scarecrow scouts.

Other displays included the Duneland Family YMCA Seniors with a tie-dye country scarecrow scene, Lakeside Wealth Management with their “Don’t Be Scared – Make More of Life” scene, and the Duneland Seniors with a dancing scarecrow couple.

Residences at Coffee Creek invites anyone in the community to vote for their favorite scarecrow before Oct. 31 via their Facebook page or in person at Residences at Coffee Creek by dropping their choice in the ballot box at the concierge desk. Residences at Coffee Creek is located at 2300 Village Point, Chesterton. The winner will be announced on Nov. 1, and the grand prize is $500. Second prize is $250.

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