08 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow




In this DSO Halloween Special, we compare and contrast Disney’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with Washington Irving’s classic short story.


 Produced By

Princess King Taylor, Kyle Allcorn, Amanda Urrutia and Frankie Dain



“The Witching Hour” by Peter Grundy

“Bonny Broom” by Hesperus Early Music Ensemble

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 99 (I. Nocturne) By Hilary Hahn & The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra




Recommended Reading











The Historically Annotated Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (Author), Henry John Steiner





Irving, Washington, and Henry John. Steiner. The Historically Annotated Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow, NY: Millstone Productions, 2014. Print.

Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon New Edition in Two Volumes. Ballinlough: Belser Wissenschaftlicher Dienst, 2009. Print.


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Walt Disney, 1949. DVD.

World Wide Web

“Diedrich Knickerbocker | Fictional Character.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. http://www.britannica.com/topic/Diedrich-Knickerbocker Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web.

“Headless Horseman.” Headless Horseman. http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/AboutUS/Trivia/HeadlessHorseman.aspx N.p., n.d. Web.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Its Origins.” Suite. https://suite.io/john-k-davis/2df42tj N.p., n.d. Web

“Rare Halloween Videos: 1955 Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Intro.” http://rarehalloweenvideos.blogspot.com/2011/10/1955-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-with-intro.html

Shmoop Editorial Team. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Themes.”Shmoop.com. http://www.shmoop.com/legend-of-sleepy-hollow/themes.html Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web.



  1. Great episode! Love this story in all forms… Disney, Tim Burton, a version narrated by Glenn Close, and the original.

  2. My school is doing the play, and when I was listening to the podcast, I was reading the script! Sometimes when I read a line, you said that!

    Thanks for doing these amazing podcasts (I listen to them while doing homework!!)!

  3. Thank you so much for the time and the effort that you put into these. The work is truly appreciated. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow happens to be one of my all time favorite stories, both the original Irving and the Disney film. Your story here does it justice. I have listened to this episode a few times now and enjoy it more and more each time. I also love the fact that the Horseman is the only Disney villain to “succeed.”

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