Autumn Events in the Cemetery

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe  Edgar Allan Poe, who lived his last few years in a cottage 20 miles from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, rises from the dead for an evening of mystery and the macabre.  Poe will read favorites from his stories and poems.  Monday, October 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and also 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Pro(s)e of Pie The Hudson Valley’s favorite true storytelling series returns to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery for its third annual Halloween Special. The evening starts with delicious homemade pies made by local “pie-trepreneurs”, then listen to local storytellers share their true tales related to this month’s Halloween theme. Before the night is done, you’ll vote for your favorite pie and a new monthly piemaster will be crowned! Your ticket gets you pie samplings, light refreshments, and great entertainment! The event will be held in the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel at the North Gate of the cemetery (540 N. Broadway). Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $24.99.

Champagne Cocktails with the Dead  Join us for a fundraiser to benefit the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund. Mix and mingle over light refreshments – and a champagne cocktail or two! – with some of our most colorful characters who will come back to life for one night only.  The chance to “meet” such notables as Washington Irving, world famous author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Gladys Glad, one-time Ziegfeld Follies girl, and Francis Saltus, the almost famous, very dissolute Bohemian poet, among others is a unique opportunity not to be missed!  Tuesday, October 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.

Spooky Stories from Six Feet Under  Kids aged 7 and up are sure to enjoy spine-tingling cemetery tales of ghoulish ghosts, spooky specters, and fiendish fools.  The family that screams together, stays together!  Sundays, October 18 & 25 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Beyond the Legend:  Irving’s Ghost Stories
Washington Irving wrote a number of haunting ghost stories besides his famous The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Local storyteller David Neilsen brings some of these gripping tales to life in front of your eyes! Thursdays, October 22 & 29 from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

All events take place in the historic Irving Chapel at the North Gate, 540 N. Broadway. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): children 7 to 12: $8. Over 12 and adults: $12.

Ticket sales go directly to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund which helps preserve the monuments and memorials.


Craft Fair  On Saturday, October 24th there will be a small craft fair featuring local artists with handmade items near the cemetery’s South Gate.


Halloween Painting with Artist Heather Gleason


Halloween Painting with Artist Heather Gleason

Join us on Saturday, October 3rd from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for a Halloween fun-filled painting class!

Local Halloween artist Heather Gleason will teach you the step-by-step process of painting a variety of her Spooky Characters to create a one of a kind Halloween-themed painting using acrylic paints.

Let Heather teach you how to create some of her favorite characters like The Sinister Scarecrow, Malevolent Moon, The Primitive Witch, Haunted Victorian or New England Style Homes, and more. Participants get to choose a larger 11″x14″ canvas panel or an Oval wood Flat board which can be hung. No experience required.

All supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself and an open mind to paint spooky! Have fun painting while supporting the non-profit historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Heather will be working with everyone mingling about and showing techniques and other inspiring ideas.

Reserve early – space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Each person will get to take home at the end of the class their choice of surface (canvas or wood piece) which will be your finished art piece, as well as brushes, paints and a handmade goody bag filled with Spooky Things created by Heather!