Welcome to our second annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013
Last year, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again this year and we have a TON of fun Halloween things planned for you!
I am not a big fan of the scary side of Halloween, I must admit. I’ve been a chicken all of my life and now that I’m a big girl at 26, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Even as a two/three/four-year-old, I was ridiculously afraid of the aisle with the Halloween masks — like TERROR, would not go down the aisle, would not even LOOK at them while passing, tried to avoid that side of the store if I could. Why? I really have no idea, but I’ve always been a big ole scaredy cat. I’m not AS scared as I once was, but I’m still PETRIFIED of ghosts, haunted houses still make me want to freak out and panic, and I don’t do horror movies.
One thing I can handle — and LOVE — is FOX’s SLEEPY HOLLOW. It’s not only because of Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison), although… Have you seen him?
Okay, Tom Mison isn’t the reason we started watching the show, even though Alyssa, Amy and I are so in love with the way he says “BROADAXE” that we actually call the show “BROADAXE” now and our phones autocorrect and autocaps the word… (Seriously though.)
SLEEPY HOLLOW is such a fun show because there are so many elements to it. It does follow the traditional story line of the Headless Horseman terrorizing the town of Sleepy Hollow, but there is so, so much more than that. Time travel, witches, apocalypses of biblical proportions, demons, possessions, spirits — pretty much everything Halloween should be, which is why now is the perfect time to talk about it… And fangirl about it.
Sleepy Hollow isn’t just horror. There’s a lot of really interesting history tie-ins (three corner hats, anyone?) — For example (ahem), Crane was in George Washington’s army in the Revolutionary War. There’s mention of the Boston Tea Party and how it really came about. We get a glimpse of what happened to the lost colony or Roanoke. And people speaking MIDDLE ENGLISH, holla!
Along with THOSE fabulous elements, there’s also a lot of humor and witty moments! For one, I love that Ichabod Crane is a member of WASHINGTON’s army and that Abigail Mills’ commander is Frank IRVING. WASHINGTON IRVING! Ha! The show is full of other delightful cleverness and I’m so glad that they make it so enjoyable because for someone who’s easily spooked, the humor and other underlying story lines make it easy for me to enjoy the show and not be TOO creeped out by all the demons and whatnots!
So how close is it to Washington Irving’s original story? Well… Not very. We’ve got the main characters, the Headless Horsemen, and the town of Sleepy Hollow of course, but so many things set in a modern-day world that Crane has magically plopped down into. I really do enjoy the liberties that the show has taken though! Now instead of a skinny, knobby school teacher, Ichabod Crane is a handsome and clever solider from a distant time who mentioned he was a professor at Oxford. He’s already won the heart of Katrina and they were married — well, back in his time. Obviously there’s a lot more paranormal going on than just a headless horseman and there’s SO much more modern versus historical weaved into the plot. None of that bothers me one bit though! I’m already a diehard fan of Sleepy Hollow and if you haven’t watched it yet, start out with the pilot and let me know what you think!