The Headless Horseman

By request, we look at the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow, as told by Washington Irving. Thank you, Janelly, for the excellent suggestion. Full shownotes at Go there and tell us a story which makes you lose your head.

Read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving yourself, if you’d like.

Read Washington Irving’s reflections on Sleepy Hollow, written years after the story.

More about Sleepy Hollow:

You can look at their local website, the Chamber of Commerce website, or the site for Sleepy Hollow’s Old Dutch Burying Ground.

Wikipedia’s entries on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Ichabod Crane.

Find out about Marvel Comics’ Headless Horseman.

Enjoy an audio version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” starring Kyle Hebert & more.


“Angel of Death” by VTZ/Twilight Productions (from

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10 thoughts on “The Headless Horseman

  1. Enjoying your podcast! Thanks.

  2. Thank you, SoonerThought. I’m glad you like it.


  3. MistyMidnight says:

    two things, first off I love your podcast, and also I was wondering, I know that you talked about the Headless Horseman, but I was wondering if mabye you could actually tell the story instead of just summing up. If you did I’d greatly appreciate it, that’s my favorite ghost story.

  4. Thank you, MistyMidnight, for the nice comment. The Headless Horseman is one of my favorite stories, too. The show is designed to be a short show with each episode self contained. I’m afraid I couldn’t do the story justice in the time I’ve alotted myself. I may, in the future, adjust the format. I’ll keep your request in mind. I would love to tell the full story myself, but in Mr. Irving’s own words.

    Hope to see you next year….


  5. Tony says:

    In 7th grade, I was a stage hand in my middle school’s production of Sleepy Hollow. It was so much fun, I wish my school system would do more tie-ins with Halloween. If they ever do it again, I’ll be sure to go and watch. I love that story so much. Best. Play. Ever. Still waiting for Season 3, but keep Twittering!!!!!

  6. Tony,

    I always wanted to play the Headless Horseman, but I was never willing to be a method actor, so my drama teacher wouldn’t let me. I’ll bet it was a fun production.


  7. Alyssa says:

    I do like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’ve seen the Disney animated version which kinda scared me a bit and 1999’s Sleepy Hollow. The 1999 movie really didn’t scare me; it made me laugh because it was so cheezy.

  8. Alyssa says:

    My mom teased me about getting scared by the Johnny Depp movie when I told her I wouldn’t be. The Disney one was a work of art because Walt Disney was just a genius by everything he accomplished in his films during his life.

  9. john shupe says:

    Halloweens story of sleepy hollow allways is a thrilling experience! I remember watching the original movie and still think to this day thrilling, even though lacking the special effects of today like the remake of johnny depps version was quite intriguing as well. I’m sure these movies are to be remade over and over in the future like we do to older versions of movies today. All in the name of entertainment.

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