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Ever thought to visit the REAL Sleepy Hollow for Halloween?

Posted by on September 27, 2013

Disclosure: This is a non-sponsored post.  However, it was triggered by a pitch I received.

With the new TV Series “Sleepy Hollow” coming out, and with Halloween right around the corner I soon googled “Sleepy Hollow” and found out, that there is indeed a place called “Sleepy Hollow” that resides in New York.

Old Dutch Church

Old Dutch Church.  Photo Credit: Jaime Martorano

Upon further research I even discovered this little town tends to go all out for Halloween with a variety of activities:

Horseman’s Hollow 2013:


The Haunted Graveyard.  Photo Credit: Bryan Haeffele

Returning for 2013, this fun event is 13 nights of haunted mayhem.  The 17th century town of Philipsburg transcend into a landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane.

It all starts when visitors begin walking on a haunted trail stumbling upon scenes of a town driven mad by the headless horseman.  Get ready to be scared as creatures, humans and who knows what else lurk in the woods ready to scare you with every step.

After the trail people are then thrown into a twisted maze of horrors and surprises ending with a party in the Headless Horseman’s honor.

Where: Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow NY 10591.
2013 dates: October 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. November 1-2.
Cost: Tickets $20 (Saturdays $25). Historic Hudson Valley member discount of $5 per ticket.
For reservations: buy tickets online, 914-631-8200

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze:

beehive_with_bees_3 Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

The Giant Spider Web.  Photo Credit: Tom Nycz

This event is pretty spectacular in that you’ll be able to see over 5000 Jack O Lantern’s lit up during this fun event that takes place for 25 nights in October and early November.

Stroll through the tunnel of Pumpkin Love, see Jack in the Boxes, slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web and more.

And debuting this year at Blaze is none other than 20 artists creating works inspired by pumpkins, but not made from them coming from the Museum of Pumpkin Art.

Adults, $16; Children 3-17, $12  (Saturdays $20, $16)
FREE for children under 3 + members

Every Weekend beginning Oct. 5 and ending Nov. 11th.

The Irving’s Legend:

Jonathan Kruk, master storyteller, puts on the performance of “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Old Dutch Church.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The show is recommended for ages 10+.  Weekends beginning Oct. 5th through November 2nd.

Adults, $16; Children under 18, $12
Members receive a $5 discount per ticket

The “Legend” Behind the Legend

Legend Celebration

A Guide telling Stories as people tour the Irving Estate  Photo Credit: Tom Nycz

Before you begin your evening of haunts, stories and fun, you may want to stop here to visit Irving’s home.  You will walk through the architectural styles of the home which include objects from his beloved story.

The Haunted Hayride:

Be sure to take a ride on the hayride.  The ride starts out on the streets of “Sleepy Hollow” but soon takes on a path all of it’s own… the same path that Ichabod Crane took as he fleed the Headless Horseman.

Before or after join in on the street party that takes place both dates.

Where: Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, 914-366-5100.
2013 Dates: October 25 and 26.
Tickets: $25/person in advance, $30 at the gate. $15/person for students of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown schools (bring ID). First come first served, arrive early.

They also provide cemetary tours throughout the month of October to partake in.

I don’t know about you, but this is where I want to head to celebrate Halloween.

The Renaissance Westchester Hotel has amazing fall packages for you to do just that:

The “Sleepy Hollow” Package at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations;
  • A copy of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleep Hollow”;
  • Savory Hudson Valley Apple Crisp and Hot Apple Cider for four in the Hive Living Room + Bar at the hotel;
  • Complimentary walking trail map of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail where you can walk by Lyndhurst (a Gothic Revival country house beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown) and see many diverse sights including the High Bride, the Keeper’s House, and the tunnel);
  • Private consultation with the hotel’s resident Navigator for assistance in finding local apple orchards for fall apple picking and for directions to Sleepy Hollow

This package is priced from 139 dollars a night and is good through December 1st, 2013. Advance reservations are required and blackout dates may apply.  For reservations visit and use promotional code ARN.


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