Monday, November 1, 2010

Sleepy Holloween!!!


Last year I spent Samhuinn in Edinburgh...and this year I spent it in Sleepy Hollow!  Pretty cool, right?

Even though I live in New York and am a sucker for all things historic, I had never been to Tarrytown...aka Sleepy Hollow before yesterday's journey.  We stopped in on the way to The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY (which I highly recommend to anyone looking to do something different and definitely awe inspiring for Halloween).

First, a photo stop in Dobbs Ferry:





Next we stopped in at the cemetery where Washington Irving is buried...but we didn't have time to walk it (it's huge!) so we missed out on the headless horseman covered bridge.  Next time, for sure! The cemetery alone could take a whole day.









We popped into The Old Dutch church on the way out.  I was completely charmed by the simplicity and drama of its interior.  The little spiral staircase up to the pulpit....I wonder what words were preached up there back in the day?






Then we took a tour of Philipsburg Manor...and I bought some freshly ground cornmeal and wheat flour!  They were even demonstrating herbal medicine making in the activities center (kismet!) I'd love to go back when I have a little more time.








After dinner at The Headless Horseman Restaurant :) We were off to The Blaze! I had dressed totally inappropriately...so a cup of (over priced) hot apple cider was much appreciated! The Blaze was well worth the very reasonable $16 entrance fee.











Thousands of decoratively carved pumpkins surround you as you walk around the Van Cortlandt Manor grounds...flickering spookily and dazzling the eyes. A truly beautiful spectacle. It was definitely enough to bring out the trick or treating kid in all of us.

2 comments:

Brandi Reynolds said...

oh my gosh...Leann...your photos are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

me said...

Wish I'd gone when we were stationed in NY!!! Beautiful pix ~~~