Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Perhaps the most famous piece of literature associated with Halloween is Washington Irving’s short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It tells the tale of Ichabod Crane, a teacher, that courts the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Following a party at her home, Ichabod is pursued by the ghost of a Hessian soldier from the Revolutionary War who was decapitated by cannonball. The ghost was known as the Headless Horseman.