Yesterday, I took a break from all my edits and event photography work to head north of the city for a visit to the town of Sleepy Hollow. Made famous by the Washington Irving tale of The Headless Horseman, the town joyfully capitalizes on the story’s mythology, and celebrates the spirit of Halloween.
I’ve been wanting to go to Sleepy Hollow, which was just a 40 minute train ride north of the city, for YEARS. I love ghosts, Halloween, and “spooky” things, so I was incredibly excited to finally have time to make the trip.
One of the fun “attractions” I was able to stop by was Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Night time lantern tours are offered, and there is even a two-evening night-time photography workshop (that I’m very sad I can’t attend!) in the month of October.
While I was waiting to meet up with some friends, I got to take a short walk around the cemetery and get a peek of some of the more interesting old gravestones.
At one point, one of the caretakers approached me and told me a bit about the history of the cemetery, and some interesting facts about what the symbols on the headstones mean.
Right down the hill from the cemetery is the creek, and former site of the bridge The Headless Horseman chased Ichabod Crane across.
Once it was dark, I met up with two of my friends over at Horseman’s Hollow, a haunted attraction. I also ran into someone I wasn’t expecting quite yet:
Overall, I had a pretty excellent time in Sleepy Hollow! Horseman’s Hollow was a little shorter than expected, at about 40 minutes total. But there were a few times I genuinely screamed. And the attention to detail within the total experience (props, costumes, makeup, etc), and the actual acting ability of the performers was better than any other haunted house I’ve been to.
I’m hoping to go back to Sleepy Hollow later this month for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a huge pumpkin display that also happens in town. It’s so popular, it’s almost completely sold out!
See the full photo set here.