Sleepy Hollow, NY โ˜ ๏ธ

In spirit of Halloween my mama and I took a trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY last weekend. Sleepy Hollow is considered by some to be “most haunted places in the world”. I had recently watched the Headless Horseman featuring Johnny Depp and was inspired to take this trip. It took about 40 minutes to get there with slight traffic. Its located right over the Tapenzee Bridge. 

Sleepy Hollow Cemetary– this is the old Dutch church mentioned in the classic tale of The Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman commits his last murder here in the movie. 

Admission: Free 

Across the street was …

Philipsburg Manor House- this national historic landmark dates back to 1693. It was a “thriving farming, milling, and trading center owned by the Philipses, a family of Anglo-Dutch merchants. They rented land to tenant farmers of diverse European backgrounds and relied on a community of 23 enslaved Africans to operate the complex”(hudsonvalley.org).

Admission: Free to walk around the perimeter of the manor but tours of the estate require a fee. We didn’t feel like it was worth spending money on the tour because we had seen enough for the day. I believe the tours started at $20. 

There happen to be a Psychic Fair nearby so that was hour first stop. The fair included jewelry, crystals, candles and psychic readings. All the good stuff we like. I bought this energy spray that includes various scents such had lavender and sage two of my favs. Some fun pics my mom and I took with the various Halloween decor around the village 

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Ideal Farm in Lafayette Township,NJ ๐ŸŽƒโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Saturday was a chilly and rainy day but I thought it was beautiful weather with the fall leaves falling and flying everywhere! We woke up bright and early to start our voyage up north. The plan was to go pumpkin picking near Jay’s cousins, about an hour away. Along the road were many farms and open land. The trees and hills presented a beautiful landscape as we drove. 

*Rainy day = less crowds* ๐Ÿ˜‰

 I had never been in the area we were exploring but I found the drive very relaxing. Jays family had been going to this farm for years. The farm was filled with Halloween decor, I was in my element for sure . 

We purchased our tickets at this toll booth for the tractor ride that would bring us up to the pumpkin patch.

Cost: $1
The farm had a handful of ammentities including wooded cut outs to take funny pictures, a haunted house, a bakery, petting zoo, crisp apples, fresh apple cider, homemade apple cider donuts and various homemade/ local products. Yummmmy. 

And these two babies below were the winners we took home ! Can’t wait to carve them and roast some seeds. 

Cost: around $10 each 

Terhune Orchard & Winery ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿท

Jay and I took a drive to Princeton, NJ today about an hour and a half away. I really wanted to go to this orchard because I had seen it come up on various sources when I did my research on Apple/Pumpkin picking. On the premises they currently have blackberry, apple, and pumpkin picking. In addition, they have a wine tasting room. It cost $5 for 5 tastings and $8 for 5 tastings and a souvenir glass. Unfortunately we went on a very crowded day and it was difficult to enjoy at ease. Though the premises were beautiful. 

My first corn maze ! ๐ŸŒฝ๐ŸŒพโ€‹โ€‹
We didn’t get a chance to eat at the orchard because of the crowdedness but they did have apple cider donuts, fresh cider, apple pie, and BBQ food . They also had a .5 mile trail we did walk on, a band playing and a petting zo0. We decided to cut our visit short and drive over to Triumph Brewery for some food because we were starving!


After we ate we took a nice stroll across the street onto the Princton campus. The campus reminded me a lot of the Boston College campus. 

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Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pat’s vs Geno’s cheesesteaks, and Terror Behind the Walls ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

Sunday we decided to hit up Philly since my brother has wanted to go to Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted attraction at Eastern State Pennitentary, a real jail that was closed down in the 70’s. Al Capone is known to have stayed there for his first incarceration. He was arrested for having a gun. The event was a lot of fun and included 5 attractions which all had different haunted themes. Our favorite was the Quartintine 4D which was completly neon, included pop outs and was purposely visually disorienting. Everyone has an option of being interactive or not within the attractions . We chose to be interactive and it was defiantly worth it. By choosing so you can be grabbed by the actors and separated from your group. I definitely would suggest going on the dates that the admission is cheaper like we did. Tickets starts at $19. We bought student tickets which they never checked out student ids. DO NOT buy the pictures they try to persuade you to buy at the end of the event ! You can access them online and save for free. 


Prior to arriving to the event which started at 7:30PM . We decided to compare the infamous cheesestakes, Geno’s & Pat’s. I definitely would say I enjoyed Geno’s more. The steak tasted much better and the provolone cheese was less sharp. But Tony Luke’s still triumphs all ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

We also visited the Philly Muesum of Art for Pay As You Wish Day, in which we payed about $5 total for all of us while it would normally be around $15/$20. This special event occurs the first Sunday of every month.