Today in southwestern Alberta, corn mazes tend to be family-friendly destinations, accompanied by petting zoos, pumpkin patches, and scarecrows. Any movie watcher knows a scarecrow is either a lovable best friend who helps you defeat the Wicked Witch or a scary creature who chases you with sharpened pitch fork. In Britain and Europe during the middle ages the role of scarecrow was a job for children. Crow-scarers were small children armed with wooden blocks who would run into fields and scare birds. The population decrease by the arrival of the black plague meant less children. Farmers got creative and constructed scarecrows out of straw, sticks, and old clothes.
Learn more about seasonal traditions and events by visiting Kids Celebrate! the travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History now at the Galt Museum and Archives. This diverse exhibit provokes a sense of connection between families and communities using games, crafts, and hands-on activities. Check for program information at galtmuseum.com to learn about seasonal program and activities at the Galt. Admission fees apply.
Your old photos, documents, and artifacts might have historical value. Please contact Galt Museum & Archives for advice before destroying them.