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Halloween In Sleepy Hollow Country Kicks Off This Weekend

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into the historic, candlelit interior of Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, will offer a dramatic re-telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into the historic, candlelit interior of Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, will offer a dramatic re-telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Photo Credit: Tom Nycz

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- More thrills and chills await visitors to Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and Croton-on-Hudson this Halloween thanks to added elements at Horsemans's Hollow as well as new features to the long-running Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.

Starting Oct. 4 and continuing for a record 28 selected evenings through Nov. 16, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze features approximately 5,000 pumpkins, 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.

And for those watching the TV show Sleepy Hollow or just interested in the history behind Washington Irving’s macabre tale, there's Horseman’s Hollow , a 13-night interactive haunted attraction recommended for ages 10 and up at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow which features a host of state-of-the-art special effects. This begins Oct. 4 and lasts through Nov 1.

For the more lighthearted, there's The Legend Behind the "Legend," a daytime experience at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside homestead in Tarrytown that highlights the author of the famous story. Dates run from Oct. 4 to Nov. 2.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley , the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events. Tickets sell out quickly according to a spokesperson, so check the website for information  All admissions are by advance purchase timed ticket.

Costs vary: Blaze tickets are $20 for adults ($25 on Saturdays), $16 for children 3-17 ($20 on Saturdays), and free for children under three and Historic Hudson Valley members.Tickets for Horseman's Hollow are $20 ($25 on Saturdays) with Historic Hudson Valley members receiving a $5 per ticket discount. For Irving’s ‘Legend,’ tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for children under 18, also with a $5 per ticket discount for members. Legend Behind the ‘Legend’ tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 3-17, and free for those under three as well as Historic Hudson Valley members.

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