It's time! It's time! We've been decorating for days
We've shined our pointy shoes
We've gotten our witchy manicures
And donned our witchiest hats
Everything is ready, so let the soiree begin!
On this fine autumnal day when the sky is clear and serene, when nature wears that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance,
In a forest where trees have put on their sober brown and yellow, and some have been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet, join the inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow
Glimpse the small pond in these woods, tranquil enough to lull one to repose; and the occasional whistle of a quail or tapping of a woodpecker is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquility.
Step over an ancient tumbled stone wall to the shade of a grove of tall walnut-trees.
Meet Ichabod Crane a worthy wight, tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves.Indeed one might mistake him for some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield.
Katrina Van Tassel, a blooming lass of eighteen; plump as a partridge; ripe and melting and rosy-cheeked as one of her father's peaches.
She is withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which is a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set off her charms
She displayed the prettiest foot and ankle in the country round
See the sequestered situation of this churchyard that seems always to have made it a favorite haunt of troubled spirits surrounded by locust-trees and lofty elms.
Behold the luxurious display of the ample charms of a genuine Dutch country tea-table, in the sumptuous time of autumn.
Partake of autumn’s bounty and revel with the witching influence of the air. Grow imaginative, dream dreams, glimpse apparitions and goblins among the tranquil solitudes of Sleepy Hollow
Remain with us and listen to tales of apparitions and ghosts until the very witching time of night. Then loiter homeward in the twilight air.
(paraphrased shamelessly from Mr. Washington Irving)