Our small town had a scarecrow decorating contest for Halloween this year. Here are a few of my favorites.
A mermaid scarecrow? Of course! We live on the coast so why not a mermaid?
Not sure what Terpsi Turvy means but I like her!
And my favorite scarecrow — the Gray Man, ghost of Pawleys Island who has been frightening residents of the coast and warning them of impending hurricanes for two centuries.
Here’s the spooky story, just in time for Halloween.
In 1822 a young man traveled by ship from Charleston to Georgetown to see his fiancée on Pawleys Island. From Georgetown, he continued to the island on horseback. To his dismay (I’m sure ‘twas a dark and stormy night!) he and his horse became stuck in the pluff mud and tragically died, leaving his bereft love waiting forever on the island.
Since that night a lean young man dressed all in gray and carrying a lantern has walked the beaches, swinging his dim light and moaning for the love he left behind. Gray Man appears to residents of the island before hurricanes, warning them to leave the island. If they take heed, they say their house is always the one left standing when all others are blown to bits.
Lots of people in town and on the island will tell you their stories of sighting the Gray Man walking the beach on stormy nights, especially just before each of our major hurricanes.
All these scarecrows must have been effective because we did not see one crow in the park!
Happy Halloween! 🎃