The Sleepy Hollow-Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce and the Sleepy Hollow Downtown Revitalization Corporation have compiled a rough calendar of events for the month of October (see attached .pdf).
There are over 45 art, music and festive Halloween activities to enjoy in both Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in the guides, with many more to come.
Events include a 10k run through Sleepy Hollow, numerous fundraisers, scary movies at Sleepy Hollow's new senior center and a Halloween block party on Beekman Avenue. We'll keep you up to date as the events are finalized.
If you know of more events, add them to our calendar and the comments section below.
Not included in the Chamber of Commerce calendar are the dates for Sleepy Hollow's Haunted Hayride – there is still some debate over whether that event will continue this year.
Will Haunted Hayride Roll?
At this week's Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees regular meeting, trustees expressed concern over the cost of the Haunted Hayride, an event that has been a staple in the village for over 15 years.
The event is organized by the village, but in the past accounting has been poor, and revenues have not met expectations. Most trustees expressed concerned that the village would be handed yet another $50,000 bill for running the event, as had been the case in year's past. You can read the full story in our meeting roundup, here.
Since the meeting, many local businesses began to hear that the Haunted Hayride might be at an end and have since expressed interest in closing the perceived funding gap.
"I'm going to fight tooth and nail about this," said Co-President of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of J.P. Doyle's restaurant, Brian Doyle. "I think it's vital, especially because they are trying to promote this image of historic Sleepy Hollow."
Part of the plan to make the hayride sustainable this year is to raise ticket prices to $20 (from $17.50), seek out business sponsors, run the event for one weekend, and increase the amount of community participation – in the past, organizations such as the Boy Scouts have been integral to operating the hayride.
Sleepy Hollow Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio, who has taken over planning duties, said there had been a spike in businesses looking to sponsor the hayride.
"The community seems to be galvanized by the issue, and were getting calls from people who want to help," Giaccio said. "There are a couple big sponsors lurking, three in particular, and if we can get them on board, I think we can justify the cost to the board."
Although the village is seeking sponsors for Halloween events until the end of next week, Sept. 24, the board is looking to make a decision at next Tuesday's work session regarding the hayride.
At this week's Chamber of Commerce meeting, some business owners expressed their interest in petitioning the board to keep the hayride at their next work session, even though there is not a public comment period at the next meeting.
"People are going to do their best to raise for this," Doyle said. "It's a tradition and huge exposure for all the restaurants, stores and hotels."
Editor's note: Patch has offered to sponsor the Haunted Hayride.