Hey hey everybody! Today’s 31 in 31 brings us the classic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
There haven been many incarnations of this story, and for good reason. This is one of the most classics stories every written that just so happens to be a ghost story. It was written by Washington Irving and first published in 1820. For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the book follows the events of Ichabod Crane and set in the early 1790′s. Crane was a school teacher from Tarry Town that was relocated to Sleepy Hollow, NY. Once there he learns of the local legend of the Headless Horseman who rides on his horse at night through the surrounding woods of Sleepy Hollow looking for his lost head. Does Crane make it to the end of the story alive? Well, I can’t spoil everything. You’ll just have to read the story.
However, if you’d rather not read it, there are many versions and incarnations of this story adapted for the screen. Two of my personal favorite versions are the 1949 Disney animated feature The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, that’s narrated by Bing Crosby.
And the second is Tim Burton’s 1999 version just titled Sleepy Hollow. In Burton’s version, Crane is a doctor rather than a school teacher, and there is an added aspect of murder and mystery added to it.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of my personal favorite stories and it’s always a Halloween must in my home. I hope whatever version you decide to check out that you enjoy it as much as I do!
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