Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

by jptanabe

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in the Mid Hudson Valley is a truly spectacular (and scary!) Halloween attraction.

Located on Route 9W in Ulster Park, New York in the Mid Hudson Valley this is a great place for a spectacular Halloween attraction! The famous tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman took place in Sleepy Hollow, just the other side of the Hudson River. And this area has great fall foliage in October. Of course, you'll be visiting this attraction in the dark so it doesn't matter much what color the leaves are! But if you plan to stay a while, or just enjoy the drive here it's really pretty. So if you're in the Hudson Valley or visiting in October or November, and are in the mood for a really scary Halloween attraction one evening, this is the place!

The Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is so great it was featured on The Weather Channel in their "Top Hallow Screams" - at #1! It was voted America's Scariest Haunted House in the Northeast by MTV, #1 in America two consecutive years by HauntWorld Magazine, and has been consistently named in the Top Ten Haunted Attractions by CNBC and AOL.

Introduction to the Halloween attraction

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is an amazing Halloween park open from mid-September to early November every year, and it's just a few miles from where we live!

Here's a description of the attraction from the website:

"The property incorporates over forty-five acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. This "family oriented" attraction includes a one mile hayride, a labyrinth style corn maze, three professionally created haunted houses, four food concessions, as well as Ghoulish Gifts, Magic Moon Gifts, Scarewear, Fear Gear and Witchy Woman gift shops. Our attraction is designed and built by professionals from the lighting, costume, sound, set design, special effects, and make-up industries. Over one-hundred actors and employees are trained to provide a memorable and enjoyable evening for the entire family."

By "family oriented" it means that it's suitable for children. Well, children capable of being scared!

Headless Horseman Video

See for yourself how scary the attractions are: These were the new attractions for 2014 - celebrating over 20 years of scary attractions!

Headless Horseman 2014 Promo

"Family oriented" fun

They explain what they mean by "family oriented':

"We do not recommend our attraction for children 8 and under. Due to the fright factor, children 5 and under are not allowed on our evening hayrides, in the corn maze or the haunted houses. Be advised that while the haunted houses have emergency exits, there are no such exits on the hayride or in the corn maze. Children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times."

Well, my daughter would probably have loved this place at age 5, but it was a little older before she actually visited! And just because some 8 year-olds are thrilled by this, some 12 year-olds can't handle it (as well as some of us more timid adults!). Remember that now, no emergency exits from the hayride or the corn maze - you gotta make it all the way to the end!

They do have Children's Days, when they reduce the scare level somewhat. There's a daylight hayride and a friendly storyteller to tell the scary stories! Plenty of fun activities like a walk through the corn maze, haunted gardens, country games, face painting, and entertainment make this the perfect outing for families with young children.

Children's Days - A Tiny Taste of Terrorare on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in October.

Children's Days 2016 will take place on the Saturdays of Oct 8th and Oct 22nd from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, with rain dates of Oct 9th and 23rd.

Quotes from www.headlesshorseman.com.

So, if you want to go and be scared, where is it?

778 Broadway, Route 9W Ulster Park, NY 12487

Who Is this Headless Horseman?

The Headless Horseman is a fictional character from the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving. The Horseman was a Hessian soldier killed in the American Revolutionary War by having his head shot off by a cannonball.

Legend has it that his ghost continues to ride at night, still searching for his head.

In Washington Irving's story, a local schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane is chased by the Headless Horseman on his way home from a harvest festival party. He rides across a bridge near the cemetery and thinks he's safe because the ghost can't follow. However, the Horseman throws his head at Ichabod Crane, knocking him off his horse, and then rides off. In the morning, Ichabod's hat is found beside a shattered pumpkin.

This is the book that my daughter has that contains the story of the Headless Horseman. Her grandparents gave it to her when she was 10, so it's suitable for children who enjoy scary stories of the slightly more literary kind!

Sleepy Hollow Movie

Starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton

This is a movie based on the legend of Sleepy Hollow, without staying true to the original Washington Irving tale.

But who cares, almost any movie by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp would be unforgettable, and this is no exception! And it does still feature the Headless Horseman.

Updated: 10/17/2016, jptanabe
 
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jptanabe on 07/15/2015

Oh that's amazing!

Janet21 on 07/14/2015

She was also a stunt double on horseback in a PBS documentary about Ichabod Crane.

Janet21 on 07/14/2015

My daughter actually was the Headless Horseman at Sleepy Hollow this past Halloween. Her riding instructor usually did this job and she rode alongside, but this year she did it. :)

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