Sleepy Hollow Halloween – Blaze, Legend and Horseman’s Hollow

As a kid, I always loved Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  Well, the Village of Sleepy Hollow exists in Westchester County, about an hour north of New York City, and Halloween is a busy time for the area.  Over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins light the night at the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze; more than 40 undead creatures turn a stately manor into Horseman’s Hollow – complete with one Headless Horseman; a masterful storyteller in a 300+ year old church recreates Irving’s Legend, the famous tale of Icabod Crane terrifying ride; and a daytime Legend Celebration of family fun for the kids – make up a Sleepy Hollow Halloween.  Looking at the photos, our family is definitely interested in checking it out.  Continue reading for all the details of the events that kick off on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Update: October 20, 2014

Click here for our first-hand account and review of Sleepy Hollow’s 2014 Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and the Legend Behind the “Legend” celebration.

Photo by Tom Nycz of the “Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

From Historic Hudson Valley’s Press Release

Sleepy Hollow, NYHistoric Hudson Valley’s roster of four major Halloween-themed events kick off on Saturday, October 6.

Continuing for 22 selected evenings through November 11, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is the tri-state area’s biggest all-ages Halloween extravaganza.  A small team of artists come together to carve more than 5,000 jacks, many fused together in elaborate constructions such as life-size dinosaurs and eight-foot-tall working jack-o’lanterns-in-the-box, all lit up throughout the wooded walkways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Photo by Bryan Haeffele of the “Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze” © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

 

Blaze runs Oct 6-8, 12-14, 19-21, 25-31, Nov 2-4, 9-11.  Tickets cost $16 for adults ($20 on Saturdays), $12 for children 3-17 ($16 on Saturdays), and free for children under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members.

Photo by Tom Nycz of the “Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

 

Washington Irving’s macabre tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inspires Horseman’s Hollow, an 11-night interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor recommended for ages 10 and up.  Stocked with professional actors and state-of-the-art special effects, Horseman’s Hollow has a high fear factor and is not for the faint of heart.

Horseman’s Hollow © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

 

Horseman’s Hollow runs Oct 6-7, 13-14, 19-21, and 25-28.  Tickets cost $20 ($25 on Saturdays), and Historic Hudson Valley members receive a $5 per ticket discount.

Horseman’s Hollow © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

 

Irving’s Legend, recommended for ages 10 and up, brings the master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into the historic, candlelit interior of Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where for 12 evenings he offers a dramatic re-telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow accompanied by live organ music.

Photo of “Irving’s Legend” by Tom Nycz © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

 

Irving’s Legend is performed on Oct 6-8, 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28, with three performances each evening (four on Saturday).  Seating is extremely limited.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for children under 18.  Historic Hudson Valley members receive a $5 per ticket discount.

Legend Celebration at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside is a daytime prelude to these evening events.  Storytellers and magicians are some of the colorful characters that perform for all ages, and visitors are encouraged to come in costume.

Photo of Legend Celebration at the Washington Irving’s Sunnyside by Tom Nycz © 2012 Historic Hudson Valley

 

Legend Celebration is held Oct 6-8, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, from 10-4 pm.  Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children 3-17, and free for those under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members.

All events are held rain or shine.  Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization which owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders).

Readers in the Westchester County or New York City area, have you been to Sleepy Hollow for Halloween?  If so, please leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of the attractions.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.