Halloween haunts Sleepy Hollow year-round

Washington Irving's short story comes to life when you visit the quaint Westchester village of Sleepy Hollow. Around here, residents celebrate Halloween all year long.

Phillipsburg Manor is a big draw. Built in the late 1600s, it was owned by businessman Frederick Phillips. The gristmill ground wheat into flour, which was traded for sugar.

The Old Dutch Church and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery that sits behind it are must-see. The cemetery inspired Irving's story. You'll even find him buried here. You can visit the cemetery during the day or come for an evening lantern tour.

Almost everything in this village celebrates its rich tradition. You have the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Headless Horseman statue. The horseman is even immortalized on the street signs. 

When I wanted a bite to eat, I decided to stop into J.P. Doyle's. Everyone said, "Try the burger." Guess what it is called? The Horseman Burger.

Finally, no visit would be complete without a stop into Kykuit, the old Rockefeller estate. Four generations of Rockefellers called this place home. 

Sleepy Hollow is only a 30- to 40-minute ride from Manhattan and easily accessible by Metro-North. If you're looking for a place that embodies the spirit of Halloween, check out Sleepy Hollow. It's closer than you think.