Spooky Factor
Child friendly

A trip to Sleepy Hollow isn’t complete without a visit to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its famous residents, including Elizabeth Arden, Brooke Astor, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, Samuel Gompers, Washington Irving, and William Rockefeller. Author Doug Keister sums it up: “Sleepy Hollow has it all; spooky lilting 18th century death’s head tombstones, twisting narrow roads, majestic mausoleums and magnificent statuary, perfectly placed onto a hilly woodland canvas. It’s a cemetery with a capital ‘C’.”

2018 Daytime guided tours

Advance reservations required. Two-hour afternoon tours $19.99, one-hour Original Knickerbocker tours $9.99.

• The Classic: This two-hour afternoon walking tour offers a great overview of what makes this 169-year old place so special. The first stop is none other than the illustrious Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After that it’s on to the Receiving Vault – a favorite especially among Dark Shadows fans – and some of the most lovely plots in the south end before making your way north to Andrew Carnegie’s final resting place, William Rockefeller’s family mausoleum and much more along the way. Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2 pm – 4 pm through Thanksgiving weekend. The meeting point is the cemetery’s South Gate, 430 North Broadway.

• The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Trace the footsteps of Washington Irving’s most famous character Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” as you walk to the author’s final resting place during this one-hour walking tour. Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving and his influence on popular culture today. Dates: In September every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 12 noon. October through Thanksgiving weekend, every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon and also 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. The meeting point is the cemetery’s South Gate, 430 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

2018 Evening guided tours

Advance reservations required. Two-hour evening tours $24.99. The meeting point for all evening tours is the cemetery’s North Gate, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

• The Classic Lantern Tour follows the same route as the daytime tour, but the atmosphere is completely different in the dark. Dates: In September every Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 10 pm. Every night in October from 7 – 9 pm and November 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, and 23-24th. Also, 10 pm – 12 midnight Friday and Saturday nights October through November 17th.

• Murder and Mayhem Evening Lantern Tours: Looking to hear some darker – but all true! – stories?  Meet fallen angels and helpless victims on this two-hour walking tour through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Visit by lantern light the flamboyant businesswoman branded “the wickedest woman in New York,” a debonair counterfeiter, the scene of a grave robbery, victims of “the Mad Murderer of Sleepy Hollow,” a brotherly murder-suicide, and the celebrated opera singer who was alleged to have assaulted, extorted, and killed various of her seven husbands, and more. Subject matter is not suitable for children under 18. Dates: In September every Saturday night from 8:00-10:00 p.m., except 9/29. Every Friday and Saturday night 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Thanksgiving weekend. Also 9:30-11:30 p.m. in October and November through 11/17. Plus Halloween night!

• The Good, the Bad and the Unusual: Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassell from our local historical society as they dish about our colorful local residents and some of our world famous inhabitants. You can guess who will be good, bad, or unusual! Among the many locals are self-styled frontiersman Alfred Weed, poet and eccentric Minna Irving, and wealthy industrialists William Rockefeller and John Archbold. They will also bring guests to visit some of the individuals who became locals by making Sleepy Hollow their final resting place, such as labor leader Samuel Gompers, and many others all by the light of kerosene lanterns. Yes, Tara is a real Van Tassell! Dates: September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5 and 6th from 7 pm – 9 pm.