What a rip roaring hair-raising tale for kids of all ages (me included)! With fall in the air, dead leaves doing creepy whispery things in the wind at night, owls hooting, birds darting for cover, any half-wit would sense something is “afoot”–especially someone as susceptible to frights as the incomparable buffoon Ichabod Crane.
If you haven’t read it, give yourself a treat. Today I find it amusing and so very clever, but when I was a kid it gave me a serious case of the creeps. The story is so American, as told by Irving, and yet (God forefend!) this preternatural monster and its image has stalked cultures all over the world, so our particularly delicious Yankee dementia at the very mention of its name is not unique or confined to Sleepy Hollow.
It is a hoot and will ramp you and your kids up for Trick or Treating like nothing else and turbo charge your imaginations re: “things that go bump in the night!”
Accept no substitutes, a la TV or movies, for the original just can’t be beat