Scarecrow, Costume and Pumpkin Carving Contest

Despite the 2020 HarvestFest event being canceled, SCARECROWS IN THE SQUARE and an online KIDS & PET COSTUME & PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST will take place! Stroll through Glover Park during the month of October to view the amazing scarecrows our local organizations display in this annual contest. Information for all three contests are below. 

Scarecrows In The Square Costume Contest Pumpkin Carving Contest

Submit your non-profit, business or school in this annual contest by following the directions in the application found HERE. Businesses located on the Marietta Square can find additional information HERE. Judging will take place the week of October 12th and Winners announced online Friday, October 16th.

 Get in the fall spirit with your child or pet by participating in this online costume contest! Use your own materials and creativity to design a unique, original, homemade masterpiece. Once your masterpiece is complete, take a picture of child or pet in the costume and submit it online HERE October 5th - 25th. Entries will be judged and TOP 5 placed on the Marietta Parks and Recreation Facebook page for community voting October 26th - 29th. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th and prizes will be mailed.  
(Kids contest is open for children ages 14 and under.)

PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST: Show off your carving skills in this Pumpkin Carving Contest! Once your magnificent showpiece is complete, take a picture of it and submit it online HERE October 5th - 25th. Entries will be judged and TOP 5 placed on the Marietta Parks and Recreation Facebook page for community voting October 26th-29th. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th and prizes will be mailed. 

HarvestFest - CANCELED
Based on guidance and information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and out of an abundance of caution for the health of our staff and community ALL Special Events have been suspended or canceled until further notice.

We are taking these precautionary measures to keep our staff, community and those most vulnerable safe and healthy. City facilities and programs/events which are closed, canceled or postponed will be posted on our COVID-19 webpage and will be updated daily. Please visit to view additional information.

2020 event to include the HarvestFest Market!
The market will include handmade arts, crafts and goods. Marietta's HarvestFest is an annual festival held each October. The festival includes the HarvestFest Market, Touch-A-Truck, Scarecrows In The Square, Costume Contest and Halloween Happenings kid’s festival. The festival is sure to please the whole family!

HarvestFest Market: Handmade Arts, Crafts & Goods | Touch-A-Truck | Inflatables | DJ Entertainment Games | Candy | Scarecrows In The Square and More!!!


Saturday, October 17th, 2020 9:00AM – 5:00PM   CANCELED


 Glover Park at Historic Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square NE Marietta, GA 30060

Event Schedule

  • HarvestFest Market: Handmade Arts, Crafts & Goods 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Touch-A-Truck 10:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Halloween Happenings Kid’s Festival 1:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Costume Contest 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Scarecrows In The Square

The annual Scarecrows In The Square competition will be on display throughout the park during the festival. Take part in bringing your school, club, business or non-profit's scarecrow to Glover Park at Historic Marietta Square! Awards will be given to Best In Show and 1st Place in each category: School/Club, Business and Non-Profit Organization. Scarecrow participants are welcome to participate during HarvestFest Halloween Happenings by hosting kids activities or offer treats at their scarecrow display. Email for more information.  Download the information and application HERE

HarvestFest Market: Handmade Arts, Crafts & Goods

The HarvestFest Market draws exhibitors from the southern states, including many local vendors, showcasing and selling their handmade arts, crafts & dry goods. Exhibitor information and application can be downloaded HERE.


Festival-goers of all ages will enjoy this portion of the event. Many City of Marietta vehicles will be on display for an up-close experience, such as firetrucks, police cars, tractors, tow trucks, and many more!

Halloween Happenings Kid’s Festival

Calling all kids to come dressed in their favorite costume with a trick-or-treat bag! Halloween Happenings is a kid’s festival for children ages 12 and younger. Carnival games, inflatable houses, candy and other special activities make this a safe and fun fall event.

Costume Contest

*Contestants should arrive to the stage at 1:30PM to receive a contestant number.
Come dressed in your best
handmade costume! Contest starts at 2:00PM at the Glover Park Stage with our littlest contestants. Categories for the contest are: 1st-3rd Place Age Group Winners <1 year old, 2 years old, 3 years old, 4 years old, 5 years old, 6 years old, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old, & 11-12 years old. There will also be an Overall and 1st-3rd Group category (groups are minimum of 2 contestants and any age). The pet costume contest at 3:00PM will close out the show with an Overall Grand Prize and 1st -3rd place winners.

Parking - Downtown Marietta Parking Map
Additional Information

For more information, call the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department at 770-794-5601.