The Search for the Headless Horseman

by Rachel Baker on October 31, 2014

This is a wonderful piece on where the Headless Horseman myth came from – hint: not exactly from Washington Irving. Its worth a read on this wonderful Halloween morning!

Stay safe, if you or your young’uns are participating in Halloween festivities.

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The Headless Horseman may have become one of America’s oldest ghosts, but his story was born in Europe and variations of him have long existed in Irish and German folklore. Even in Irving’s story, he is a Hessian soldier whose head is taken clean off during the Revolutionary War, leaving him to rides around at night in search of it. We’ve taken a monster that is foreign in all regards and we’ve kept telling his story for over 200 years.

I took my trip up to Sleepy Hollow on a Sunday morning. Early enough to beat the traffic, I made it there in a shorter amount of time than Google Maps had predicted it would take. I beat the crowds that flock to the area throughout most of October to take the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours, or to see the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. It could be said that no city in America does Halloween quite like Sleepy Hollow. It’s a place that doesn’t necessarily look like it depends on the Season of the Witch tourist dollars, but it embraces the tag as a famously haunted city nonetheless.

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