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Halloween in Sleepy Hollow

Halloween is just around the corner and there are so many activities and haunted houses to go to all around the country. With the FOX hit show Sleepy Hollow on television it prompted me to want to go there.

If you are unfamiliar with Sleepy Hollow, it is more commonly referred to as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which was a short story written by Washington Irving. There are many different versions of the legend, but they all involve the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. Sleepy Hollow is a really small town in Westchester Country, New York.  It is 5.1 square miles. You can drive into the town and right out in a few blinks of the eye.

So with all that said it is only befitting that this would be a perfect place to go for Halloween. Many others think so as well, seeing as tickets sell out very quickly. They have many Halloween events going on and if you don’t purchase your tickets soon you could be missing out! Some of these events include The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, Irving’s Legend, and The Legend Behind The Legend.

Philipsburg Manor
Philipsburg Manor

I had the opportunity to go to Horseman’s Hollow, which is held in and around Philipsburg Manor. The manor is turned into a village which has been driven mad by the Headless Horseman and all of his minions. Upon arrival they have a huge parking lot. Finding parking is not difficult, just remember what row you parked in.

After parking we had to take a walk towards the Manor which you can see lit up in blues and purples. We could hear screams coming from that direction as the signs led me down a path. The path was pretty awesome. It felt old world with the lantern lights. There were tons of people and lines everywhere. You really need to buy your tickets online, they typically don’t have any once you arrive. We stopped and got some hot chocolate. They also had vendors selling cookies, coffee, and more.

Headless Horseman ©2014 Holly Dayz
Headless Horseman ©2014 Holly Dayz

While standing online waiting for our time slot to move closer I spotted the Headless Horseman. There were also people dressed in scary costumes who were walking up on people and scaring them while standing online. I kept my eyes open in all directions. I watched as one person dressed as a scary witch chased some screaming little kids. There was also a lady in a booth playing music and giving out prizes.

Entrance to Horseman's Hollow ©2014 Holly Dayz
Entrance to Horseman’s Hollow ©2014 Holly Dayz

After waiting on the line for a while, we were able to go past the gate, and wait on another line. We were getting closer so I was getting more excited. When it was finally time to go, we had a game plan, stay close and try not to get scared. I don’t want to give things away because it would ruin the experience if you go, but it was awesome! I would certainly try to go again. Everyone was jumping, screaming, and running. You go inside and outside with mazes and such.

I walked away with a great Halloween experience. I’m  looking forward to the opportunity to return to this quaint little town with a spooky reputation. Even with Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow being published in 1820, the story still carries are a large range of popularity.

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  • Nikka Shae

    Too much fun!! It’s been a minute since I visited a hunted house!!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is a lot of fun. Especially since it comes with a story.

  • patricemfoster

    To be honest I do not celebrate halloween so haunting house is off my radar will share with friends.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. That is cool.

  • staciesayzso

    All this time I thought Sleepy Hallow was just a story. I had no idea it was a real place!

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it is a real place. It is a small town, but very real.

  • glamstyledivas

    Sounds fun! I wish that I lived closer so that I could visit!

    • Holly Dayz

      Maybe if you are ever in the NY area in Oct or early Nov.

  • liberationtheory (@liber8ntheory)

    This looks like so much fun! This would be the perfect kick off for Hallloween if I still lived in the area.

    • Holly Dayz

      It was a lot of fun. A great experience.

  • Tryphena Wade

    Wow! I don’t typically do Halloween festivities but I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It sounds like you had a great time!

    • Holly Dayz

      Once in awhile I will do something involving Halloween. It was intriguing because it is a real place so I had to go.

  • KoKoa Magazine (@KoKoaMagazine)

    Nope I don’t do scary thangs at all lol and sleepy Hollow too no I have seen the show I will pass

    • Holly Dayz

      Well they have other less scary things like hayrides.

  • Valerie Robinson

    I am scaredy-cat , but this looks pretty cool! Looks like a fun time. My husband has been trying to get me to go to a haunted house for the longest time….not gonna happen LOL!

    • Holly Dayz

      It was a lot of fun. Aww give it a go, your husband wants to be your protector!

  • GLO GLO Shanell

    Im a scaredy cat but ai love informatio. You have a great format. I truly enjoyed the read.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. I think you would like some of the other things they have.

  • Joanna

    Sounds pretty cool. Didn’t know it was so close to NYC. I don’t celebrate Halloween, but this is a different approach to the regular stuff in the city.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it isn’t too far out from NYC.

  • BeFree Project (@BeFreeProject)

    I haven’t visited a haunted house since I was a teen and now I don’t think I can do it. I’m too scary! lol Sounds like you had a fun experience.


    • Holly Dayz

      I think you could do it. It was a lot of fun.

  • Chrystal, ChryssVI

    Nice! I love watching SH on Fox. idk if I have the guts to go there though ????

    • Holly Dayz

      The show is so much more extra than the actual legend. Although I am sure that has been helping Sleepy Hollow gain even more attraction. I love the show too.

  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    I get freaked out over the littlest things! But I’m looking forward to making it out to our local Six Flags for their Freight Fest (as long as I have someone to hold onto lol)

    • Holly Dayz

      Freight Fest doesn’t look that bad since it is more family friendly.

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