Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ichabod Crane - A Halloween Memory

This Halloween, I was thinking back on all the scary stories and movies I have seen over the years and while there were many, none stand out more than the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

The story isn’t gory, just scary, but why I love this story so much is because my grandmother would read it to me from a large book she had. Even the name of the school teacher, Ichabod Crane, sent shivers down my spine when she read it to me.

For those of you who don’t know who Ichabod Crane is, he is the school teacher in the story who is attempting to woo Katrina Von Tassel. There is another rival for her affections, Abraham "Brom Bones" van Brunt, who tries to humiliate the schoolmaster, but cannot compete with Crane’s social skills at a party.

Ichabod Crane asks Katrina Von Tassel to marry him but the proposal is refused. Upon leaving the party, Ichabod meets the Headless Horseman who is believe to be a Hessian solider who lost his head in the Revolutionary War when he was hit by a cannon ball. Ichabod runs for his life across a bridge and …. Did you think I was going to spoil it for you?

The Legend of Sleep Hollow is the Night Before Christmas for Halloween. It’s a must read. I will be reading it this Halloween from the same book my grandmother read from when I was a child.

Happy Haunting!