New Halloween Show "The Sleepy Hollow Experience" Rides Into the Rivertowns

The Sleepy Hollow Experience brings Washington Irving's famous ghost story to life.
The Sleepy Hollow Experience brings Washington Irving's famous ghost story to life.
9/13/19 - By Susan Miele

Sleepy Hollow is the place to be during Halloween season, with a slew of large-scale holiday attractions throughout the surrounding area. From walk-through fright fests to cemetery tours and more, the village made famous by Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman piles on the spook. This year, a new attraction is coming to town: The Sleepy Hollow Experience, an immersive theatrical production presented by the producers of the renowned Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze.

Shows are selling out quickly, with limited tickets available. Read on for the skinny on The Sleepy Hollow Experience, and be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletters and follow us on Facebook to stay in the know about Halloween and other happenings throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley!


The performance takes place at Washington Irving's Estate, Sunnyside.

For 19 nights, between October 4 and November 3, The Sleepy Hollow Experience will bring to life the classic ghost story’s famous characters: Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and the Headless Horseman. This production fittingly uses Washington Irving’s estate, Sunnyside, as the set. An interactive experience, the show features instrumentalists and singers who engage with the audience, including during the Van Tassel party scene, when refreshments are available to all. It is a walk-through performance, so audience members will follow the performers from scene to scene. The show is deemed suitable for all ages.

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Meet Ichabod Crane and other characters from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Though new to the Tri-State area, the Sleepy Hollow Experience, created and produced by Brian Clowdus, has been presented at other locations in the U.S. Of note, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” will celebrate its bicentennial in 2020, having been published in 1820.

The production runs approximately one hour. The performance schedule is as follows:

  • October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 31; November 1-2: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • November 3: 5:30pm and 7:30pm

Ticket prices vary by date and demand, with ranges given from $45 to $65 for adults and $25 to $45 for children. This provides an incentive to purchase tickets early to avoid higher fees later on.

The production has some "light scares," but is suitable for all ages.

Know Before You Go

  • Though the production is deemed suitable for all ages, a caveat in the FAQs notes "light sexual innuendo and a handful of scares."
  • Wear your walking shoes and don’t expect to be seated.
  • Historic Hudson Valley members receive a 10% discount per ticket. Especially if you anticipate attending multiple events or tours, this might be an economically advantageous purchase.
  • Orders purchased on-site or by phone incur a $2-per-ticket surcharge.
  • Beverages (including a signature cocktail for the grown-ups), and snacks will be available for purchase.
  • A gift shop with related merchandise is on-site.

Looking for something to do before the show? Consult our guide to things to do in the Rivertowns for families.

Photos courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley

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