The leaves are falling, the air is getting crisp and All Hallows Eve is almost upon us. This season if you are looking for an extra thrill and spooky excursion, Sleepy Hollow County in New York’s Hudson Valley has something for everyone. Sleepy Hollow Village is the literary home of Washington Irving’s headless horseman, and the area still has many of the original Dutch buildings and many themed attractions. Steeped in history, legend, and fantasy; this historic place offers visitors a wide range of frightful sites and activates.
During the month of October, one of Sleepy Hollow’s oldest colonial mansions is converted into one of the most exhilarating haunted houses in the country. Because the house itself is old with rumors of being haunted, it has an extra layer of spookiness. Horseman’s hollow operates for 15 terrifying evenings during which guests can tour the property and walk the haunted trail that is decorated with many scary scenes. In the shadows, townspeople dressed in costume are ready to jump out and scare tourists and the trail also features a real headless horseman who rides through the night terrifying passersby. The mansion is jam-packed full of themed rooms, special effects, lighting props and professional actors that provide quite a thrill for those brave enough to venture in.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours.
For those of you brave enough, the tours operate at midnight and visitors get to wander through the famous sleepy hollow cemetery where Irving himself is buried. The tour passes graves and crypts rumored to be haunted, from the revolutionary war militia captain to the grave of a nameless convicted witch. As you walk amongst the tombstones in the dark gloom of the cemetery, guides share ghost stories and legends. For those over 21, there is also the Champaign cocktails with the dead tour.
Right in the heart of Sleepy Hollow Village you can climb aboard the haunted hayride and enjoy a tour of the village sites and watch out for sightings of the headless horseman. As you ride through the historic village you will hear all the ghost stories and legends of the town. As the ride passes by the Old Dutch Church you better hold on to your head as you follow the exact path Ichabod Crane did as he fled from the horseman. From there you go through the iron gates that lead to the dark wood of the legendary hollow. In almost complete darkness the ride passes over the old wooden bridge and then heads back towards the towns’ block party where you can grab refreshments. All along the route, there are several scares hidden for passengers to discover.