Get Your Scaredy Cat Buns to Sleepy Hollow, NY


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!  ðŸ™‚ 🙂 🙂 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.

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  1. Adaza E. October 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Love Hudson Valley!! Actually planning a trip this weekend to Cold Spring.

    • mara October 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Oh wow – AWESOME!!! Have a LOVELY weekend. Sounds so very dreamy.

  2. Amye Mae October 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    So fun! But more importantly…that wrapped vest hoodie is AWESOME! Details? If these pics are older, I imagine its not available any more but I bet I could make it…..

    • mara October 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Amye – thanks for the compliment. 🙂 The vest is from Harvey Faircloth, the company I used to own. My business partner designed it and it's basically a circle of heavy wool fabric. You totally could make it! Just envision a large piece of wool laying flat on the ground with two armholes in it. That is basically the design, except the bottom end of the circle gets cut straight as that becomes the bottom of the vest. The circular end at the top becomes the collar that folds over on your back. The sides wrap around your body and then you tie it up with a belt or sash made from the same (or a different) fabric. I little drawing or a photo of it laying flat on the bed would probably communicate all of this better. So let me know if you need that and I'll send something your way! It's a brilliant design and I absolutely love it. I have one in black and one in navy as well.

    • Anonymous November 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Mara, I would love a photo of it laying flat. I will try to make one for me , loved it.

  3. Miggy October 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Oh man! This post makes me both happy and sad. One year I bought tickets to the Blaze and was so excited to go. The Mr and I were all ready (as was the babysitter) then we couldn't find the car keys. Like really couldn't find them. We only had one key, and we searched high and low. We ended up not being able to go. Which was super sad. AND a new key would be over $1000. Luckily our car was parked in our space we rented 10 blocks away so we didn't have to worry about tickets etc. Anyway, days went by and I finally figured out I must have lost them on the way home from where our car was parked to our apt. Long story, but I miraculously located them at a deli counter in the Washington Depot Bus station (which is where our parking spot was). I kid you not I screamed for joy and hugged the man standing next to me. So yeah, I never got to see the blaze but I always think about that finding a lost car key on the streets of NYC when I think of Sleepy Hollow. (I loved going up there and Terrytown–best antique stores ever.)

  4. Gina Reedy October 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I love the images! So spooky! The lighting is great as well!

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