If you are in the Hudson Valley area, a great Halloween thing to do is the Midnight Tour at Sleepy Hollow.
In complete darkness, except for some hand held lantern glow, a guide tours the cemetery, (part of it, Sleepy Hollow is immense).
I have taken the tour…..thought I would share a few tips for novices.
First of all, wear good walking shoes…..that is common sense, but needs to be repeated.
Sleepy Hollow is hilly and uneven terrain…..when those 20 year olds are running up those hills, (as Kate Bush sings)…….you will be lagging behind in pain if you dress for the Holiday, not for the hike.
Dress warm…..it is pretty chilly up there. A couple of years ago, on Halloween night, I had a down coat, a scarf, a hood, and I was glad I did, believe me…….
Bring a good camera that shoots in the darkness. Infrared would be great, I captured a lot of orbs.
One year, while on the Midnight Tour, we heard strange rustling in the leaves and the whispers of ???????
We investigated, a group of teenagers had sneaked or climbed in. They were seated on Washington Irving’s grave and were reciting The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The cemetery ushered them out; too bad, I think Mr. Irving might have liked that.
People leave coins on his grave now; the money is collected and used to help care for the cemetery upkeep.
The tour includes a visit to the inside of one of the mausoleums. It is empty now. Years ago, during the deepest winter freezes, bodies were temporarily stored here until the ground was soft enough for interment.
Sleepy Hollow’s Mausoleum also gained fame as the home of one of the most famous vampires, Barnabas Collins.
Listen for the Horseman’s faithful companion’s hooves as they travel across the Bridge. The Bridge is now a replica; the true location of the original stands a short distance away.
While you walk inside the dark paths of this erie place; the outside world slips away…..and you are transported back to a time of Ichabod and Katrina and legends.
Taking this tour would make for a memorable Halloween and memorable night in your life.
If you are nearby, come out and say hello……..
I will be here at these October events.
9:00am to 1 p.m.
Art on the Avenue Festival …
Nutley, New Jersey
I will be selling my prints
Booksigning and Selling Artwork, Reading Auras
Zombie Dog Walk
Erie Park Montclair, New Jersey
The Wellness Center for Pets & Their People at Hasting Farm