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?