Around this time of year, when Jack-o-lanterns glow, candy flows freely and costumes are of the most atrocious, a strange attitude towards superstition arises. Even the staunchest of skeptics look over their shoulders in the dark, and watch for witches across the full moon. Autumn, and October in particular, sends chills up all mortals’ spines. Maybe it’s the brisk air, maybe it’s the crunchy leaves, or possibly, it’s the ghouls of yesteryear.
One such destination familiar to the occupants of the Hudson Valley is the village of Sleepy Hollow. Founded in 1645, the village of Sleepy Hollow (in Terrytown) has been immortalized in the short story by Washington Irving. It tells of a finicky schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, on his ill-fated attempts to win the love of Katrina Van Tassel. The town, as peaceful as it is, comes a sneaking sense of the supernatural. After a series of events, Ichabod wonders through the dark past a haunted tree, and stumbles upon a headless specter. The rest is history, so they say, and every Halloween the village puts on a myriad of shows, stories and events in honor of old Ichabod.
A trip to the Old Dutch Church will open your eyes to centuries of history. The church and surrounding cemetery were formally opened in 1849 and continue to house worshipers and the deceased. The cemetery is 85 acres and has over 40,000 in-ground graves. Irving is one of those laid eternally to rest here, as well as Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler and Vincent Astor amongst others.
Photos are to follow soon, but for now, dear followers, if you hear a sound behind you or feel a stare from beyond, walk quickly towards friends and family; you never know what could be sneaking up to scare you!
Events for Halloween and before detailed here!
Read the whole original story by Washington Irving here!