Halloween in Sleepy Hollow
There’s something for everyone during Sleepy Holloween: haunted hayrides, Gothic mansions, blazing pumpkins, farmers markets, live music, street fairs, parades, and of course, the Headless Horseman. Read on for some of our favorite October treats in Sleepy Hollow Country. See our big calendar of events for even more things to see and do.
Featured Sleepy Hollow Halloween Events
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours
Tours offered April through November.
Take an evening lantern tour of the final resting place of author Washington Irving in the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Creep though the winding roads and soaring monuments that peek through the shadows of the night. For those of us who remember the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, here is your chance to enter the crypt of vampire Barnabas Collins. You may also visit a Revolutionary War militia captain, a notorious counterfeiter, a noted spiritualist, industrialists Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, and others. 2017 dates: April through November. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org
In October, the cemetery hosts literary events featuring the work of Roald Dahl, Edgar Allan Poe, and ghost stories by Washington Irving. For younger children there is shadow puppetry, for older children Spooky Stories.
Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, NY
Are you ready to be scared out of your mind?
Taking the tale of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow returns for 15 terrifying evenings! For the month of October, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor transforms into a fearsome landscape ruled by vampires, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls, and ghosts, all serving the Headless Horseman himself!
Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow’s unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving.
Creatures, some human and some not, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Heads will roll…maybe even your own!
This event is NOT suitable for small children or for the faint of heart, but it is Sleepy Hollow’s premiere haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Stocked with professional actors and state-of-the-art special effects, Horseman’s Hollow has a very high fear factor. You have been warned!
All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders).
2017 dates: Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 5. Members of Historic Hudson Valley may purchase starting Aug. 18.
Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Park at Philipsburg Manor lot.
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling captivates all audiences.
Admission for this 45-minute performance are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Performances times vary each evening. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders). .
2017 dates: Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-21, 26-31. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 5. Members of Historic Hudson Valley may purchase starting Aug. 18.
Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, 914-366-5100.
Climb aboard Sleepy Hollow’s annual Haunted Hayride and watch out for the Headless Horseman! Join the block party on Beekman Avenue before or after your hair-raising ride through the real Sleepy Hollow. Contact Village of Sleepy Hollow recreation department for tickets and information, www.sleepyhollowny.gov, 914-366-5109. 2017 dates: October 27 and 28, 7 pm until closing. Tickets on sale in late September.
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze
Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
The Hudson Valley’s biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 40 nights! See more than 10,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in an elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display. Wander along our main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and gasp at the sight of a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the plus-sized Pumpkin Planetarium. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. All made of jack o’ lanterns! Tens of thousands of visitors came to last year’s sold-out Blaze. Complete with original, atmospheric music, sound effects, and professional lighting, this is the tri-state area’s largest and most innovative Halloween happening.
All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders). Tickets go on sale to the public on September 5. Members of Historic Hudson Valley may purchase starting Aug. 18.
2017 dates: Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1, 5-9, 12-31, Nov. 2-5, 9-12, 17-18, 24-25.
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY.
Clueless: The Mansion Murder Mystery. There’s been a murder, and the Gothic mansion is filled with madcap suspects who each hold a clue to the crime. Move through the first floor and basement of the mansion where each character will reveal part of this chilling mystery. Help to solve the case before the menace gets away!
Buy tickets online at www.lyndhurst.org or call 914-631-4481 for information.
2017 dates: October 19-22, 25-31.
Sunnyside: Home of the ‘Legend’
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, NY.
During October, Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This daytime event is the perfect prelude to an evening at Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, or Irving’s “Legend.” As you tour both floors of Irving’s fascinating home, you will hear stories about what inspired Irving to write his most famous short story and see works of art inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour also features a display of previously unseen objects from HHV’s collection—from special edition books to pop culture artifacts—related to the famous story. Historic games and Headless Horseman art activities are great for families. Concessions are also available for a picnic and a stroll through the Romantic landscape.
Tickets: $14; $12 for seniors; $10 for children 3-17. Free for Historic Hudson Valley members and children under 3. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by phone at 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders).
2017 dates: October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 5. Members of Historic Hudson Valley may purchase starting Aug. 18.
TarryHollow: Walking Through Time
Historical Society, 1 Grove Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-8374.
Truth is stranger than fiction as you walk through the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow–and that says a lot for a place with a reputation for headless horsemen! Hear tales both spectral and earthly of the mystical and unexplained incidents of the area’s eerie and legendary past. Past residents have left ghostly marks on the community, and a few of them may still linger nearby!
Two-hour walking tours cover parts of downtown Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a brisk walk!
2017 Dates: to be announced.
Buy tickets online at www.thehistoricalsociety.net.