The Great Blaze
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

For those who love all things Hallowe’en, visiting the effectively renamed New York village of Sleepy Hollow is a must. Whether with or without the kids, Sleepy Hollow, and its neighbor Tarrytown, is sure to give its visitors a spooky, autumnal good time.

Use the car ride over the Tappan Zee Bridge to re-read Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in preparation for visiting Sunnyside, Irving’s cottage, where he created his most famous characters. Too quaint? Not spooky enough? Enjoy the crisp autumn weather in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which hosts several family-oriented (best for ages 7 and over) events throughout October. Families with older children can enjoy a retelling of the classic tale with a master story-teller. Recommended for children 10 and up.

Kids ages six and up will have fun with the Rivertown Artists Workshop presentation of Grisly Kids.  In the evenings, the Hudson Valley Writers Center hosts storyteller David Neilsen for slightly scary and silly Halloween tales for the whole family. Want to end the day with a Blaze? Take a short ride to Croton-on-Hudson for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze where the whole family with be amazed by the lights and artistry in the display.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

For filling the family bellies, try affordable and family-friendly meals at Eldorado West Diner in Tarrytown, Fleetwood Pizzeria, Santorini Greek Restaurant, or The Horseman Restaurant, all in Sleepy Hollow.

There is lots to see in the Hudson Valley for both adults and children. Keep in mind that this time of year is bustling with activity and eager horror-seekers, so plan your visit with flexibility and options in mind. The views are spectacular from both Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, take a moment to stop and take them in before crossing back into New Jersey.