Autumnal figures are common and popular in New England. Many are home-made, some are bought at farm stands somewhere. Where did they originate? No one knows. It seems as if they have always been here.
We like creating them. It’s fun. They can be any size, any shape. Scarecrows or political figures, Guy Fawkes. Your annoying boss at work. It doesn’t matter. We make them, put them wherever we have room. They make us laugh, smile, remember.
Do these common autumn figures have special meaning? Some kind of spooky history? I doubt it. You’ll see them everywhere you go. On front porches, benches, along driveways. Kids make them. Families create them together.
I made these from left-over clothing. Their heads are from old pillow cases on which the kids drew faces. We left the figures sitting on their bench until the spring.