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October in Sleepy Hollow Country by Murphy G. Nuñez

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a popular gothic short story created by Washington Irving first written in 1820. It is about a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane who passes through a mysterious town called Sleepy Hollow, which is now a real place, located just north of New York City, near Tarrytown. The main protagonist falls in love with the town's richest farmer's daughter and is then chased out by the spirit of a headless horseman. He mysteriously disappears. This enduring legend inspired many of the town’s yearly Halloween events and themes. This article will cover some of Sleepy Hollow’s Fall events, their dates, general admissions, as well as details about the event.


The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze

An exciting and remarkable experience, the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze is one of Sleepy Hollow’s several Halloween events and usually everyone’s first pick out of all of the attractions. Featuring more than 10,000 carved pumpkins lighting the way through a long and winding path, it is truly a breathtaking artistic display. This event does not have to do with Washington Irving’s story, but it is still one of Sleepy Hollow’s greatest treasures. Along with the experience, there are fall-inspired food and drinks sold before starting the walk-through event. Not only are there thousands of glowing Jack-O-Lanterns, but there are various structure designs that this display has to offer. These structures include a giant sea serpent, a train, a pumpkin forest, a pumpkin tunnel, and even the Statue of Liberty, completely created out of Jack-O-Lanterns! You won't want to miss this incredible display.

Dates: September 18 - October 31, 2020 (Half the Fall Season)

Cost (based on 2019 prices; 2020 event prices are tentative due to COVID-19): Adults: $22, children 3-17 years old: $16, tickets are sold starting September 3. For reservations, call 914-366-6900.

Horseman’s Hollow

This attraction is essentially a spooky, long walk-through “haunted house.” It is an outdoor/indoor experience, designed to give scares to visitors who walk through it. It takes the tale of Sleepy Hollow and implants it into a very scary (but fun) haunted house, complete with live actors in full costume and makeup jumping out at you. The set is located at Phillipsburg Manor, an old gristmill, and turns the historic vibe into a dark and spooky aura. This experience might be too extreme for anyone under the age of 10, but other than that, it is a very fun event that is usually on everyone's choice of things to do in Sleepy Hollow. An immersive sideshow theater experience is also available.

Dates: The current 2020 dates are not yet known

Cost: $22 per person, $28 on Saturdays

The Sleepy Hollow Experience

The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an amazing event that completely plays out Washington Irving’s haunting "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in the form of an immersive and theatrical performance. And to make it extra enchanting, the play is engaged directly on Irving’s property along the Hudson River, beside his New York home and estate, Sunnyside. The stage performance is of the highest quality, with experienced actors, good lighting, great music, and even a real headless horseman at the end, just like in the story. The Sleepy Hollow Experience is fun for the whole family, but you will be walking or standing most of the time, so keep that in mind if you bring children.

Dates: The current 2020 dates are not yet known

Cost: Adults: $45, children 3-17 years old: $25.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours

A trip to Sleepy Hollow would not be complete without one of itss many Cemetery Tours. There are many famous people buried in the Sleepy Hollow cemeteries, including William Rockefeller, Elizabeth Arden, Samuel Gompers, Brooke Astor, and even Washington Irving himself. These tours offer a spooky but also enchanting close-up view of the cemeteries, as well as history about some of the deceased people. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is one of the largest existing cemeteries in America. It’s definitely worth the visit.

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: The costs vary for each tour, usually between $10 -$20 a person

Irving’s Legend

Held at the Old Dutch Church, this event is more of a "sit down and relax” type of experience. Essentially, it is a complete and accurate story telling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” told by live actor and storyteller, Jonathan Kruk. It features live organ music and a calm and enchanting candlelit atmosphere. For someone looking for a sit-down quieter experience, Irvin's Legend is definitely a worthy historic experience.

Dates: The current 2020 dates are not yet known

Cost: Adults: $28, and children: $22, for reservations, call 914-366-6900

Lyndhurst Mansion: House of Curiosities (and tour)

The Lyndhurst Mansion is a castle-like building located on the Hudson River in Southern Sleepy Hollow. During the day, there is an informative tour that takes place inside the mansion. However, at night, there is an event called ‘Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities,” which is a 40-minute long performance with an eerie but easygoing Halloween vibe. This event is appropriate for all ages.

Dates: The current 2020 dates are not yet known

Cost: $5 (ground fee), visit https://lyndhurst.org/visit/ for tour and House of Curiosities information.

Village of Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride

A simple and fun spooky hayride, starting on Beekman Avenue, and continuing on through the town, it even enters the woods during the ride. An entertaining and fun experience, the hayride is perfect for kids of all ages.

Dates: The current 2020 dates are not yet known, but the dates in 2019 were October 25-26, 2019. (just two days)

Cost: $16 per person.

Individual Ghost Tours

A trip to Sleepy Hollow would need to have at least one of its famous ghost tours. There are many different ghost tours scheduled around Sleepy Hollow, in churches, the cemetery, old buildings, etc. They are, in general, very fun, spooky, historic, and are usually set at night for that extra creep factor.

Dates: Most ghost tours are scheduled in October, but there are also some schedules earlier in the year as well.

Cost: The costs vary for each tour, usually between 15$ - 25$ a person.

As you can see, there are several amazing events and experiences that you can take part in (and there’s more where that came from). However, most of these experiences can only be enjoyed from September to early November, making October (preferably late October) the absolute prime time to go and visit Sleepy Hollow. Most of the 2020 dates have not yet been scheduled. Unfortunately, some events will probably not be scheduled at all due to COVID-19.

Sleepy Hollow, with all of its spooky and fun annual events, many different restaurants and shops, historic homes, apple picking, and its own sacred and enchanting aura make it a great location to visit in the Fall. Make it a goal to go on a trip to Sleepy Hollow as soon as you can. I did, and you won’t regret it!

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Murphy Nuñez is a 9th grader who lives in Miami, is bored out of his mind during the pandemic, and did this to help his mom.

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