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Halloween on the Hudson - Westchester County
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Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2021 in Sleepy Hollow and the Rivertowns

By Brianna Staudt — Whether you’re a local anticipating a favorite Halloween tradition or a visitor looking to experience Halloween in Sleepy Hollow Country for the first time, The Hudson Independent has you covered. Read below for all the tricks, treats and h... More »

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Record Number of Dates Planned for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

By Rick Pezzullo — The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze kicks off the first of a record 59 nights today at historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. Back for a 17th year, the Blaze runs until November 21 with reduced capacity and safety measures in place. Wh... More »

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It’s Time To Light The Lights

Fall’s Best Show is About to Begin Blaze: Hudson Valley opens this Friday, September 17. We’re open every night through Halloween weekend and select dates in November, but popular dates and times are selling out quickly, so make sure to get your tickets before... More »

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The Horror! The Horror!: The Great Pumpkin Massacre (by Squirrels!)

By Barrett Seaman– Virginia Kuppek of Tarrytown put out three tastefully carved pumpkins on her doorstep at the beginning of October. By Halloween eve, an erstwhile excellent trio of artistically carved examples of faux horror had become a blood-curdling scene... More »

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A New Hal­loween Ghost Story: Mostly True as Far as You Know

by Elaine Mar­ran­zano –   It was a weird Hal­loween. For one thing it was snow­ing. The “white Hal­loween” of 2011 blew in on a Nor’easter which dumped 12 inches of snow on Westch­ester. Trees that still had their leaves caught the snow and snapped un­der the... More »

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The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns and The Old Dutch

by Linda Viertel –  One congregation and two churches: The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns and the “Old Dutch,” the oldest church in New York, possesses a rich history and cultural heritage. Expanding from this storied past, the Church’s current vision bring... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Lore: Did You Know?

by Barbara Moroch –  Okay, we all know that Sleepy Hollow is the Halloween Capital of the World, but just how much do you know about the legends and lore that have fueled its reputation? Here are some little-known facts about the area we call home that just ma... More »

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Unsung Heroes Behind the Scenes of Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

by Rick Pezzullo –  It’s become the must-see Halloween event in the Hudson Valley for the last 13 years, with the star attractions being more than 8,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns. Each pumpkin and “funkin” are individually hand-carved by a dedicated group of... More »

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Are There Ghosts and Witches in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow?

by Maria Ann Roglieri According to Sara Mascia, Executive Director of The Historical Society, Inc. of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, there have always been rumors about “spooky people and spooky happenings” in our two villages. In the 18th and 19th centuries, to... More »

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Just Where Was That “Sleepy Hollow,” Actually?

by Barrett Seaman    It is, of course, the name of a village in Westchester County—arguably the county’s most famous. It used to be North Tarrytown until administrators decided they’d get better recognition by taking advantage of that famous short story by Was... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is Also for the Living

  By W. B. King Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’s favorite literary son, Washington Irving, once said: “Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” For the approximately 15,000 tou... More »

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World’s Best Pumpkin Pie

| by Marcie Cuff | Ahh! The air has a sudden new crispness. As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, we find ourselves straddling the line between fall and winter. That tiny respite between hot-tempered seasons. An ending, a new beginning. An energi... More »

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The Real Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Washington Irving story that seems to increasingly imbue its village namesake with a literary yet spooky mystique, the haunted part of the story is really only a ruse. The real Sleepy Hollow, however, when you tap into a cer... More »

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