Our World Tuesday: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

We trooped out to Sleepy Hollow, New York, on Friday for a lantern-lit walk through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.  The light onf the lanterns gave the family a suitably ghoulish glow.
We had a nice little walk around Sleepy Hollow before the tour.  Actually, we were looking for a public restroom, but none of the business people in Sleepy Hollow were big fans of creating a hospitable feeling by sharing their potties with us.  Not even the guy in the gift shop.  It was a tough half hour before we made our way to the cemetery, where there was a public restroom.  Why didn't we think to check in with the dead first?  Silly us.
The bathroom was in the building.  (Remember this in case you ever go there.)

These were some of our lanterns.  The image is blurry because my phone didn't want to be a camera after hours on a Friday.  Anyway, they had real kerosene in them, but nobody burned down the garden cemetery.
Here in the receiving vault was some vampire paraphernalia.  Some vampire movie had been filmed in this building, but I can't think of the name of it.  In case you're wondering, a receiveing vault receives dead bodies and holds onto them until the grave can be dug.  There were about three dozen niches for bodies, so from that you can imagine how busy this 90-acre garden cemetery was in the days before power equipment could tear through frozen ground.
This guy named Lister who made a fortune in fertilizer had this little monument put together for himself. He never married, so maybe he appreciated having this grieving beauty at his knee for all times.

Ours was a great evening that ended at a diner just across the Connecticut line where the cook knows what to do with a few eggs.   Halloween is a beautiful time.  I am glad it began early for us.

Our World Tuesday


  1. Ha... I am a big chicken when it comes to this kind of entertainment. I can't stand to be scared this way. I am glad you had such a fine venue.

  2. I love that sort of thing. It looks like a great spot for the season.

  3. Perfect multi-generational outing! I'd be the one with the creeping terrors, but I'd do it. Nice, but surprising that they let people go with kerosene lamps ...what with the current tendency toward over-protection.

  4. This was beautiful

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  5. A perfect outing for Halloween!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  6. Oh yeah, Halloween is a great holiday. The weather is halfway decent, you don't have to buy anybody anything or make a big meal or big deal.

    Looks like a great time was had by all.

  7. how fun-we used to live by a small community in so. california called Sleepy Hollow! No cemeteries though.

  8. That's a great Halloween activity, except for the bathroom search. Glad you had fun.

  9. Anonymous11:08 PM

    What a wonderfully scary idea!

  10. Perfect for the upcoming Halloween! :)

  11. Awesome. I'm a big fan of Washington Irvine, and love his Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which I'm assuming is this place. What a great thing to do to get the scary Halloween vibe going. All the best, Bonny


Post a Comment

Thanks for being here.