"The Scarecrow" was the fifth short story featured in the book Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps.


Darleen, Scott, and Melanie are best friends who hear about a mysterious scarecrow that suddenly appeared in the yard of an abandoned house. When they check it out, they find that it's wearing a red baseball cap like Scott always wanted, a yellow scarf Melanie coveted at the mall, and a pair of leather gloves Darleen loves. Melanie later shows up in the scarf, but she later develops a sore throat that eventually causes her to lose her voice. Scott steals the hat and complains about headaches and becomes so forgetful that his mom thinks he hit his head. Darleen finally works up the courage to steal the gloves, only to have the scarecrow grab her. She passes up and wakes to see her friends staring at her. They apologize for scaring her and admit that they set the whole thing up and faked their symptoms because they knew she really wanted those gloves and they were tired of her saying Halloween was boring. Darleen asks how they managed to make the scarecrow smile, they seem confused, and they all turn to see the now smiling scarecrow looking down at them.