For years, I've been talking about going up to Sleepy Hollow around Halloween as they do a big to-do ever since they changed their name from the much less romantic North Tarrytown. As it turns out, most of the Halloween celebrations are at night, and also booked far in advance, so we didn't partake in them on our day trip. We, however, did walk around and appreciate the creepy scarecrow pillow people they tie to all their fence posts and the various headless horseman themed public art. It was the Sleepy Hollow High Homecoming game the day we were there, but we chose not to attend. I am curious what their mascot (they're the horsemen) looked like though.
On our walk, we hit Philipsburg Manor, an old Dutch settlement farm. This is also the site of the Horseman's Hollow where on nights during October, the house and grounds are transformed into a haunted house or, according to their website, a "terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane." Naturally, we were sorry to have missed that. In daylight, when there aren't masked horsemen chasing you around though, it's rather picturesque.
|It's like you're in New Netherland.|
|Irving's grave, complete with small pumpkin left by some well wisher.|
|Sam enjoying a day at the cemetery.|
|Our cemetery companions--minus Sam, who took this.|
|Another of Sam's artsy cemetery shots.|
|I'll let you guess which one is his prize-winning pumpkin. See answer below...|
|The artists with their pumpkins (and me with an untouched gourd).|