Spooky DoingsPosted: November 3, 2008
I took the boys on a field trip this week to the cemetery around the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow. Living in the lower Hudson Valley means living in the Halloween capital of the world and so it just felt right to take advantage of this. We got there at 5:30 pm, just as the sun was setting figuring that would add to the spooky factor. Unbeknownst to me, the gates officially close at 4:30 so technically speaking we were breaking and entering.
But there we were lurking around the old gravestones as it got darker and darker. I picked them both up to peek inside the window of the church and then we started talking about the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
One of our family traditions is to read the story of the Headless Horseman the week before Halloween. And since it all took place right around the Old Dutch Church I thought it would give them a bit of context to walk the ground upon which the Horseman allegedly trod.
But I also had an ulterior motive: I wanted to link Halloween to All Saints’ Day. Because All Hallows Eve exists only because it’s the night before the great Feast of All Saints’. We mock death by wearing costumes because Christ has conquered death. And this often gets forgotten amid the sugar high.
So, I was able to get a bit of education in this year, between bites of Kit Kat bars and Twizzlers. It’s always a work in progress. For the record, Zack went as Jango Fett from Star Wars. Ben went as the Yankees’ Jason Giambi. Which, to this Orioles fan, was truly frightening.