Sleepy Hollow’s ultimate season begins with a bang this year…starting with Monday’s premiere of our very own Fox TV show.
Well it’s not ours, but they took our name, by golly, and are tearing up our Legend with a time-traveling twisted version we can’t help but be super-excited for, even if they are not sharing the spotlight as well as we hoped.
USA Today just did a spot on just how excited we are, called “’Sleepy Hollow’ series turns heads in namesake village” with a few people you’ll recognize.
Even the Wall Street Journal is in on this “trending” topic with their cool review of the show and its unique look at the Legend of Sleepy Hollow itself.
Sleepy Hollow airs on Monday nights starting September 16 at 9 p.m. on Fox. Representatives of our village, including yours truly, have been reaching out to people connected with the show to 1) get a pre-screening here, 2) get more footage in the show that’s actually from here, 3) try to get some stars in town for some kind of promotional event and, 4) cut a little deal on exorbitant airtime costs for our own Sleepy Hollow commercial (see below). We’ve really only had a little luck on 2).
At first the show promos only had the briefest stock aerial footage of the village at night, but the producers have reportedly decided to come back and shoot some better b-roll here of a few of our quintessential sites. So look out for (just a bit) of The Real Sleepy Hollow in the opening moments!
Meanwhile, the village has seen some film action of our own, as they have hired a local ad writer Scott Kaplan to make us a short-short commercial to brand the season itself in this place we call “Sleepy Hollow Country.”
I was privy to a special viewing of the commercial before it goes into post-production and, I think, it’s just the right mix of funny, spooky, quirky, and attractive to get visitors fired up and clicking for tickets. And is it just me, but aren't kids (see film still above) just the creepiest?
For tourists and residents, kids and adults alike, there’s of course a ton to do here, all being updated constantly on the go-to-website VisitSleepyHollow.com.
There’s also our ever-growing Patch event listings, where you are encouraged to post whatever you’re organization is up to this season.
_First up: Oktoberfest is coming for its second stint in Kingsland Point Park on Saturday, September 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Grab your Lederhosen! This year's Oktoberfest will feature multiple food, drink and souvenir vendors selling authentic Bavarian fare. A six-piece polka band, John Steven's Doubleshot, will entertain the crowd. Admission is free, parking is $5.
_The Haunted Hayride/Block Party will be Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26, with tickets on sale in mid-September. Stay tuned. Look forward to a new addition this year to the block party: the Westchester Circus Arts school based in Tarrytown will have performers roaming around on unicycles and stilts. Click here for tickets.
_The Old Dutch Church and Reformed Church a mile south will see seasonal action from September 29 through October 27 with an ongoing Old Dutch Fest, all accompanied by a mobile carillon musicians and visitors can play each weekend. On Sept. 29, there will be an organ concert at the Old Dutch church with world class organist David Hurd. On October 12, a locally casted and produced new Rip Van Winkle play will be held in the Reformed Church. Things really pick up the last two weekends of October with food sales, face and pumpkin painting, the Headless Horseman picnic grounds, trinkets and books for sale, and more.
_The Costumed 10K through Sleepy Hollow is Saturday, October 19 and accepting registrations here.
_There’s a ton down the road at Lyndhurst, from scarecrows invading to Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities.
_A slew of Historic Hudson Valley keep the region busy from The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze in Croton to Horseman’s Hollow that transforms Philipsburg Manor by night into a fright fest.
_Then there’s the Cemetery itself, of course, home to a tour for every taste and really where this madness really all begins…and ends. RIP