Scarecrows will be out on Bay Street this Halloween

Visitors can vote for their favorite at a downtown business

PORT ORCHARD — COVID-19 isn’t keeping Bay Street from celebrating the Halloween season — its business association is staging its fourth annual scarecrow contest this month.

Scarecrows sponsored by local community groups, businesses, families and individuals are being set up at the Port Orchard Market at 715 Bay St. in downtown Port Orchard. Entries can be brought to the location for showing through Nov. 3. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow onsite or at area Port Orchard Bay Street Association businesses.

While POBSA won’t be holding an organized trick or treating activity downtown this year, businesses will be open on Saturday, Oct. 31. But the business organization will be holding a virtual costume contest. From Oct. 28 through Oct. 31, contestants can post their costume selfies — themselves, family members, kids, grandkids and even pets — on social media with the hashtag #boobashcostumecontest or tag @pobsa.

A panel of judges will pick their favorites and prizes will be awarded, said Coreen Haydock of POBSA.