Sleepy Hollow is going through a makeover this year and we are looking forward to be bringing some new activities in the Fall of 2013. Keep and eye out for some new vendors, kids activities and some scarrier attractions for the older crowds this year. Please check back for more updates reguarding this great family special event!!!!
A Night In Sleepy
Centuries later stories continue of the Headless Horseman riding through
Sleepy Hollow from those who have claimed to witness the ghoulish event! Can it be just their imagination or is the legend of the Headless Horseman
Only you can discover the answer. We dare you
to venture out into the dark of night into the Perry Farm Park woods
and listen for the thundering hoof beats of the Horseman's stallion. The legend will be told! Witnesses will come forth! You
just may see it for yourself!
|Fridays & Saturdays, October 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2013
|Perry Farm Park, 459 N Kennedy Drive, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Sleepy Hollow Village -Times TBA
Look for new activities in 2013!
Activities may include Games, Glow Golf, Hay Rides, Sand Art, Monster Egg Hunt, Photo Cut Outs, Concessions and *Pictures with the Headless Horseman (*additional fee applies)
Monster Egg Hunt - Time TBA
Sleepy Hollow Re-Enactment - 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. (arrive 10 min. prior to show time)
Sleepy Hollow visitors will have to choose a time slot to see the Sleepy Hollow Reenactment performed by the Acting Out Theatre Company. These time slots can sell out quickly. You can purchase pre-sale tickets at the Perry Farm or purchase your tickets on site. Performances will sell out, so please get tickets early. Each night performances will start every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. The last show will start at 11:00 p.m.
Village - $TBA
Village & Reenactment - $TBA (Re-enactment tickets not sold separately)
*This is an outdoor event, tickets are NON-refundable regardless of weather
**Children 2 and under get in free
For More Information on Activities at Sleepy Hollow, Click the Links Below
The Re-Enactment - Performed by Acting Out Theater Company
Again this year, the Bourbonnais Township Park District and the Exploration Station are teaming up with Acting Out Theatre Company. Our local outdoor theatre company, Acting Out performed their first show “Into the Woods” at Perry Farm Park in July of 2011, and recently finished their second show "Big River" summer of 2012. They were a huge success and we are so excited they will be showcasing their skills and expertise for our Sleepy Hollow visitors.
This year the Re-enactment will be bigger and better than ever with everything from lights to sound enhancing the re-enactment experience. Visitors will hear the story of Ichabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow how Washington Irving had envisioned it through campfire visits, you'll join the party in one of our 1840's barns, and even a ride through the hollow itself. Be prepared to duck as you follow Ichabod down Old Church Road, where you just may encounter the headless horseman yourself!
Because of the intense nature of the Hollow we do not recommend it for young children and those with medical conditions that may be sensitive to stressful situations.
Not only is the Acting Out Theatre Company preparing for Sleepy Hollow, but they are also gearing up for their next big production “CHICAGO” which will be held on the streets of the Momence the summer of 2013. For more information on Acting Out Theatre Company, please visit www.actingouttheatreco.org
The re-enactment could not be accomplished without use of this nationally
registered historical 170 acre property and also help from our friends in Thee Olde Time Farm Show.
A Night in Sleepy Hollow Cast 2012 ~
Campfire 1 Storytellers-Jeanne Benson & Rosanne Patton
Campfire 2 Storytellers- Tina Pourroy & Dan Horton
Ichabod Crane- Kyle Ronchettto
Katrina Van Tassel- Hannah Tumblin
Baltus Van Tassel - Bob Guastalli
Matilda Van Tassel - Paula Denault
Brom Bones -Michael Keigher
Tom - Eddie Juarez
Peter- Cory Campbell
Agnes Closson- Shannon Woodruff
Jacob Closson - David Sacks
Rose Closson - Kayelyn Woodruff
Kristina Van Tassel - Britton Fischer
Nathanial- Nathan Pranger
Abraham - Ryan Woodruff
Isabella- Gretchen Fischer
Emma- Baily Testerman 1st weekend
Emma - Kayla Ronchetto 2nd weekend
Jack - Jonah Pettet
Samantha - Samantha LeBeau
Sleepy Hollow Village
Spooky Glow Golf
Test your skills at this new 9 hole golf attraction that has been getting "glowing" reviews. Located beneath a enclosed tent this glow golf course is completely lit up by black lights. Each hole features spooky decorations and eerie characters.
This attraction can contain surprises and actors in costume. May not be appropriate for small children.
Straw Maze -Retired in 2012
Started in 2008, the Sleepy Hollow event is now featuring a straw maze for children. The straw maze is located beneath a 20'x40' tent and features winding pathways through hay bales and a few spooky surprises. The activities and games are now located within the maze of straw so there are even more activities to do within the maze!
This attraction is child friendly.
Each night of Sleepy Hollow features a storyteller who spins yarns around a campfire. Stories range from very spooky to down right gross and are told by local volunteers. Don't forget to check out this must see attraction! Storytellers will adapt stories for the ages of the participants present.
Families love the movie pavilion for it's free showing of popular halloween kids show. Seating is on picnic tables and movies last approx. 15 minutes for each show. Popcorn will be available at our concession stand for a small fee.
This attraction is child friendly.
Halloween Bingo-retired in 2012
New this year we have added Halloween Bingo. Try your skills and a creepy BINGO Game!
This attraction is child friendly.
We have brought the old Mad Lab favorite back but with a new twist. Visitors will be grossed out as they explore in the witches lair filled with magical attractions and ghoulish experiments.
Games -New games coming in 2013!
The Sleepy Hollow event offers kids games and activities at no charge. Game usually include a Potty Toss, Tic Tac Toe (like with the kind on your feet!), and other ghoulish games with assorted prizes that range from fake vampire fangs to glow-in-the-dark snakes. New games are added or created each year so children can experience new activities every year they visit Sleepy Hollow. Again this year the games will be located within the children's straw maze under the Maze tent.
The Gift Shop -New vendors coming inn 2013!
Stop by our gift shop for a Sleepy Hollow souvenir. The gift shop features gross novelty toys, light-up necklaces, slime, stuffed toys, and disposable cameras. The gift shop is located next to the Headless Horseman Photo Booth so you can't miss it. All gift shop proceeds directly benefit the new exhibit fund at the Exploration Station...a children's museum!
The Horseman Photo Booth (Additional Fee)
This recently added addition to the event is where your family can get up close with a real headless horseman.
Photos are an additional charge of $5.00 per photo and include a protective cover. Don't forget to stop and get your souvenir photo early because the booth does stop taking photos 15 minutes before the end of the event. If you want to pick up your photo at a later date, they are available at the Exploration Station...a children's museum front desk.
Monster Egg Hunt - Time TBA
The Monster Egg hunt was an idea borrowed from an old event that was held during the day called A Day in Sleepy Hollow. Instead of running two separate events, we combined the best of both events and made the Night in Sleepy Hollow open earlier to accommodate more kid friendly activities. The monster egg hunt is similar to an Easter Egg hunt except the eggs are orange and black and the goodies inside the eggs are Halloween themed. The eggs are said to be laid by goofy monsters that hide them is areas of the Perry Farm Park for children to find. The monster egg hunt starts right at 6:00 pm so make sure to arrive early and don't forget a bag to help collect and carry your eggs.
The hunt will begin at a starting line and egg hunting is kept in designated areas only. This attraction is child friendly.
Hay Rides/Barrel Train
The hay rides have always been a part of the Sleepy Hollow event. Originally the story of Sleepy Hollow was told as a re-enactment from the hay rides. As the event grew and more people wanted to see the re-enactment, the hay rides were changed to the walking re-enactment to accommodate the increase in participation. Now the hay rides are a separate attraction that wind around on the trails of the Perry Farm Park in the cover of darkness. The Horseman no longer haunts the hayride but see what other creatures you can find out in the woods at night!
This attraction is child friendly.
An old favorite has returned. Children can create their own sand art treasure by making their own “sand” using salt and chalk.
History of Event
Once upon a time there was a Children's Museum located in the
quaint little town of Bourbonnais, Illinois. This museum, a part
of the Bourbonnais Township Park District, was a favorite place for
children and families to visit. The Children's Museum, called Exploration
Station...a children's museum, struggled to provide enough money to
update and repair its exhibits. The museum's director decided
to host a special event to raise funds to benefit the children museum's
exhibit fund. This was to be no regular event. Museum staff
wanted it to be a great family event that was fun, recreational and
educational. It, also, had to fit into the museum's mission to create a magical place
where children can ignite their imagination.
In 1991, through
the creativity of the museum director and staff, the Night in Sleepy
Hollow event was developed. The event was held outdoors on the
Park District's Perry Farm Park. Over 200 visitors attended A
Night in Sleepy Hollow during its first year. The Sleepy Hollow
event was so well attended that the Exploration Station staff decided
to hold it every year in October around Halloween.
A Night in Sleepy Hollow has evolved into the
Bourbonnais Township Park District's most popular event. The event
is still connected to its roots as fundraiser used to support the children's museum.
The event has added several new attractions and is visited by 4,000
people annually. For locals, A Night in Sleepy Hollow is an annual
family outing in October. Some patrons, who had attended
the event when they were teenagers, are now old enough to bring their
This event also gives older children and teens in the community something
to do when they are too old to trick or treat and too young to see most
Halloween movies or haunted houses.
An unexpected and welcomed result of the event is the response from
local teachers and school children. By bringing Washington Irving's
story to life, the event attracts local teachers who use the event to
promote reading. Teachers often incorporate the event into their
curriculum and give extra credit to students who help volunteer at the
event. The re-enactment portion of the event can spark a child's
love of literature by seeing the pages they have read come to life.
- Fridays are typically less busy than Saturdays so to avoid long lines consider checking out the event on one of the two Fridays.
- Show Tickets will sell out. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early.
- Remember to bundle up. The Night in Sleepy Hollow event runs late and the temperature can drop quickly from the time the event starts. Another good tip is to check out the hot apple cider or hot chocolate from the concession wagon.
- The event does take place at night so parents should be watchful of their children so they don't get lost or separated. If someone does get lost please contact the nearest Park District employee or the front gate to send a lost child alert (or lost adult alert).
- If you want to get you picture with the headless horseman at the photo booth, it is recommended to get you pictures early as the photo booth typically stops taking pictures 15 minutes prior to the event closing time.
- Part of the Reenactment will take place in a barn with hay and straw. Those with allergies please be prepared.
Our Night in Sleepy Hollow special event truly does create a magical
place for children to ignite their imagination. This story re-enactment
is like a fable for a child. Families bond together as they laugh and
scream throughout this event. The learning experience and family bonding
that is formed is invaluable. The knowledge and sparks for learning
literature and history will stay with them throughout their school
We Love Our Volunteers!
Volunteers for the event are recruited from local schools,
community organizations and the local chamber of commerce.
Each night 20-50 volunteers run activities including hay rides, games,
gate helpers, glow golf supervisors and movie tent attendants. Volunteers also assist each night in
set-up and clean-up. Volunteers make this event possible
and the Park District and Exploration Station...a children's museum extends their gratitude to all those who have helped!
New for 2013! - Monsters, scarers and make-up volunteers are needed! Please contact our volunteer coordinator to get signed up for these limited opportunities. Please email or call Cathy Gagnon at (815) 933-9905 ext 353.