Do you guys like to get freaked out? In a really classy and family friendly way?
You absolutely MUST visit the little town of Sleepy Hollow, NY!! It is one of our favorite places to visit this time of year.
Here are some pics from a year past.
We drove there with many Brooklyn friends and even spent the night.
The families with little ones went to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor where no less than 5,000 carved pumpkins are on display!
Danny and I went to the haunted Horseman's Hollow. OH MY. An old 17th Century Manor gets turned into a town driven mad by the Headless Horsemen. That place is really creepy scary. They have you walk along a swampy path, past grave yards and knights and old men and women who have gone insane. You end up in Ichabod Crane's school house. And then the headless horsemen will be waiting for you at the end and roaming around in the parking lot. EEEEKS!!! GO THERE!!! And take a sweetie pie someone with you so you can grab their arm and SCREAM! :) :) :) It's so fun. And I think it would really fun for a first date or two (with someone you like, of course. :)
Then go hear a master storyteller tell Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church in town.
Then go to a late, late night Lantern Tour of the very historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. FREAKY.
Or, go back to your hotel room and cozy up to watch Disney's Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Sleepy Hollow (the movie with Johnny Depp). We did this very thing and it was so fun.
The next day go apple picking and pumpkin picking while you see the most gorgeous leaves of your life in the Hudson Valley, one of my favorite places on earth.
(those are four of my favorite Brooklynites.)
K, now please brag about your favorite kind of Halloween. I have to live Halloween vicariously through all of you because Halloween isn't quite celebrated the same in Ecuador.
P.S. I will admit I've been dreaming of candy corns. But I'm making due with this delicious pumpkin bread (I used raw honey instead of coconut sugar and omitted the stevia. It was delicious!) I can't get canned pumpkin down here so I made my own pumpkin puree and it was so easy I'll never turn back.
A big surprise: Remember how I was wistfully dreaming of Christmas in NY? Well, my dream will come true. My sister in Brooklyn just had a baby and it turns out that her husband will be in Colombia for work for the entire month of December. Soooo....off we will go to NY!!! I cannot believe it. I've been working on planning the best New York Christmas ever. And I cannot wait to meet my beautiful baby niece, Nadine.