200 Years of Sleepy Hollow
In 1819 American writer Washington Irving penned a short story that would go on to become one of the most enduring Halloween classics, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” For just over 200 years, Ichabod Crane and his advisory the Headless Horseman have been interpreted time and time again and in variety of ways. Last weekend LEGEND: 200 Years of Sleepy Hollow opened at Anaheim’s Muzeo, which explores the impact that “Sleepy Hollow” has had over the centuries.
When it comes to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I love almost any and all interpretations of it. From its original story, which I’ve seen adapted on stage, to the Disney cartoon, to Tim Burton’s dark film version, and even the 2013 TV show, which cast the charming Tom Mison as Ichabod. Burton’s 1999 version is perhaps the most popular, and it’s easy to see why. Burton created stunning visuals, with characters dressed in stunning costumes designed by Colleen Atwood, all of which was set to Danny Elfman’s spectacular score. Burton’s take even inspired a clothing collection last year from La Femme en Noir, and I purchased the dress based on Katrina’s black and white stripe dress, which felt ever so fitting to wear to the exhibit.
The exhibit features various publications of Irving’s story, an original Mary Blair concept piece as well as publicity pieces from Disney’s cartoon, which was released in 1949 under The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, a recreation of the iconic Katrina dress, and more. An additional portion of the exhibit was original artwork, which showcases a variety of different interpretations of the Headless Horseman.
Those in the area can visit the “Sleepy Hollow” exhibit at the Muzeo, located in downtown Anaheim at 241 S. Anaheim Boulevard. You can purchase tickets on their website.
Is there a version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” that is your favorite? Is watching some version of it part of your Halloween time traditions?
Mask: Made by me, using fabric from Caley Hicks
Undermask: RZ Masks
Choker: Nordstorm Rack
Dress: Katrina from La Femme en Noir
Sleepy Hollow Pin: Walt Disney Family Museum years ago
Boots: Jasmine Courtesy of Oak Tree Farms
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4 comments on “200 Years of Sleepy Hollow”
Thanks for posting about Sleepy Hollow! I am a big fan of the story and various productions – I have quite a few of them on DVD (the 1911 silent movie is currently Paramount+). Always fun to see how each interprets the story.
We have been to the actual town 4-5 times already and are planning to go again this year. Love the night time cemetery tours and the Sleepy Hollow play which is performed at Irving’s home Sunnyside.
I have been wanting to visit since I can remember! One of these years!
Fittingly, your outfit here is head-turningly spectacular! What an awesome way to celebrate this beloved eerie tale (which I madly adore, too) all the more.
Happiest start of fall, my dear friend. May it be one of your happiest and most thrillingly enjoyable ever!
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And then there’s the SNL skit. (Very funny, and VERY off-color.)
By the way, I love your dress!