By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My children have been hinting at spending Halloween in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Can you provide any info?

A: The gentle rolling hills around this region of Upper State New York was so enchanting, American author Washington Irving wrote a spine tingling tale known as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

The legend focuses on the headless horseman galloping late at night along the dark roads then vanishing into a flash of fire. The folklore continues to hold a strong presence here.

In 1996, the town previously known as North Tarrytown changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, it is a quiet residential area located on the east bank of the Hudson River about 25 miles north of New York City.

If you plan to visit, be sure to stop at the Lyndhurst mansion. Often referred to as "America's finest Gothic Revival mansion," it is a fine example of the many estates that once dotted the banks of the Hudson River.

The peaceful surroundings make Lyndhurst a place to escape the hurly burly of New York City. On October 28 at 4-7 pm, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will host a Halloween Family Event. Children and adults can enjoy "mysterious happenings" as they tour through the mansion and interact with its fictitious residents.

For more information call (914) 631-4481.


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