Nightmare on Main Street

Edmonds creature feature is scaring the bejesus out of passers-by
By Brian Soergel | Oct 27, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel “Lord of the Crows” is at 555 Main Street.

During the five years of the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival, there have been cute-kid scarecrows, Disney scarecrows, scarecrows based on historical events and, sometimes, even scary scarecrows.

But not this creepy-scary.

We dare you to stroll by 555 Main Street and take a look-see.

The nightmarish black figure balancing a crow on his arm, dubbed “Lord of the Crows,” is the creation of the Jacoby family – James, Diana, Jenae and Jeremy. You would think the Jacoby family would be a strange crew (think the family Addams), but they’re really quite normal.


“I wanted to make a realistic-looking character that was scary because it seemed plausible,” James said.


“I had the idea of a ghastly figure made of mesh fabrics and burlap who sheds his farmer-adorned attire for trendy thrift store clothes.”

Go on.

“I also liked the idea, although entirely unoriginal, of a scarecrow that is the opposite of its intended purpose. I am an avid bird watcher and admire crows. I have a collection of crow figures around the yard, and I always put out more around Halloween. It seemed fitting that he would be their master.”

Their master.

(What is it about crows? Some hate ’em. Others seem to hold unrestrained admiration for the corvid bad boys who, when they gang up, are called “a murder of crows.”)

James handcrafted “Lord of the Crows” with help from 12-year-old Jenae and 10-year-old Jeremy. Clearly, these youngsters aren’t scared about what lurks under their beds.

“The kids helped with the skeleton, particularly the joints, which are tedious to assemble,” James said.

We get that.

James continued: “At the core is a PVC skeleton with ball and socket joints made from golf balls, which I hope to reuse for future entries. The skeleton can be posed like a mannequin and can stand freely. On top of that is a combination of wire mesh, soft foam, and polyester batting.”

So cool.

“All of this is covered in a combination of burlap and fabric mesh to form a more realistic body. I didn’t want it to look puffed up – I wanted a creature inside clothes. Finally, on the outside, he’s wearing normal clothes with black feathers stuffed in the openings and a black fabric hood scarf.”

You can imagine the comments thrown the Jacobys’ way.

“I’ve taken great pleasure while working in the yard and overhearing peoples' reactions and answering questions,” James said.

Why aren’t we surprised?

“I’d say the most common candid response is, “Oh crap.”

He really said the “s” word, but we are trying to de-escalate the scare here.

“I thought that was a real guy” is another common refrain. “How terrifying” is another.

When the Beacon published a photo of the scarecrow on Facebook last week, Diana Jacoby wrote the following in the comments section: “Even though he has been there over a week, each time I look out our window he startles me.”

Get used to it. This is the first year the Jacobys have entered the contest.

They. Plan. More.

“I’ve always wanted to,” James said, “but have never had the time.”

Don’t forget to vote

If you want to vote for the Jacobys’ scarecrow, or any other around town, you can do so through Thursday, Nov. 2, at

All entries – including pictures and addresses – are on the Edmonds Historical Museum’s website, which created the festival in 2013 as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

A reception is Nov. 6 at the Edmonds Historical Museum for participants who built scarecrows, and those who enjoyed viewing them.

The winner in each category, and the scarecrow receiving the most votes, will each get a certificate for membership in the Edmonds Museum for 2018 and, of course, the bragging rights that go along with it.

It’s too easy, but here you go: That’s something to crow about.


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