While shopping at Savers I found the perfect hat. It appears to be made from a burlap rice bag, perhaps from India or Bangladesh. I knew I had to have it and this would be the foundation of my Halloween costume: a scarecrow.
Scarecrows are a bit overdone, so I decided that I would be a Brainy Scarecrow. My reasoning is that there is this awful stereotype that scarecrows are brainless. Like many stereotypes, this has been reinforced by the media, namely, The Wizard of Oz. So, I sought to present scarecrows in a different light.
So, the costume consists of a plaid shirt, the aforementioned hat, a craft crow that I found at Michaels, overalls, and a scarf. To make the costume more brainy, I am wearing glasses from a nerd costume and carrying a calculator, pens, and pencils.
What does a brainy scarecrow do? Well, they enjoy reading. This is me reading a brochure about composting. The environment and green living are probably very important to brainy scarecrows, as they spend so much time in fields and gardens (when not in libraries and classrooms).
Brainy scarecrows also have a complicated relationship with crows. The purpose of scaring crows is to protect crops, but crows are intelligent, beautiful birds that should not be starved or frightened. So, brainy scarecrows appreciate and study crows as their comrades of the field. After all, scarecrows are put into the fields by farmers and never paid for their labor nor allowed to benefit from the farming enterprise (but for the hats and overalls they are given to wear).
Brainy scarecrows are often critical of capitalism. Thus, here is my hammer and sickle Jack-o-Lantern.
Brainy scarecrows are also critical of patriarchy and don’t believe that reproductive choice is scary. They are wiling to raise their voice in support of women and won’t tolerate any “staw man” arguments that we want legalized murder.