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Harold (also known as Harold the Scarecrow) is an evil scarecrow and the titular character from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark short story of the same name.
He was portrayed by Mark Steger (who also played as The Pale Lady) in the 2019 film of the same name.
In 1981, Harold looks like a corpse made out of straw. But in 2019, he has a hole in its stomach.
Harold was made out of old sacs stuffed with straw by two stupid cow farmers named Thomas and Alfred who were bored and named him after another farmer they both hated. They treated the doll meanly for fun, and one day they heard it grunt, and Thomas suggested throwing him in the fire, but Alfred insisted it was nothing to worry about. Then, they noticed that Harold was growing bigger, and told themselves that it was their imagination from being in the mountains too long.
Then one day, Harold comes to life, walks out of the hut in front of Thomas and Alfred, then climbs on the roof and starts stomping around on it. Terrified, Thomas and Alfred leave with their cows that same day to get away from Harold, but then they realize they forgot their milking stools and have to go back. The farmers convince each other that there really is nothing to be afraid of and draw straws to see who will go back. It is Thomas who has to go back to where Harold is, and he tells Alfred that he will catch up with him later. When he does not return, Alfred looks back and sees Harold on the roof of the hut holding out Thomas' skinned corpse.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Film
Harold plays as a secondary antagonist in the film, he gets beaten multiple times by a kid named Tommy who beats him with a baseball bat, throws bottles at him and curses at him. One night Tommy went out in the field to do some farm work when he found out that Harold might be following him, Harold begins to chase after Tommy which Tommy tries to outrun Harold but fails, Harold stabs Tommy in the chest with a pitchfork which makes Tommy turn into a scarecrow himself.
- The story was written by the late Alvin Schwartz. While he was created by Stephen Gammell. However, in 2019, he made his appearance as one of the monsters that was summoned by Sarah Bellows who had freed himself from his stakes and kill Tommy. Thereby transforming Tommy into a scarecrow of his family farm.