Washington Irving’s 1820 tale of a headless horseman terrorizing the village of Sleepy Hallow is considered one of America’s first ghost stories. The History Channel’s Elizabeth Bradley theorizes Irving’s likely source of inspiration is a translation of the German poem The Wild Hunstman by Gottfried Burger. It’s no wonder then that Anaheim’s Germanic Colonists would consider the story ample fodder for mining Halloween gold.
The Headless Horseman has made several appearances in the Anaheim Halloween Parade throughout the years. Shown here as a charming paper-mache and metal pipe art sculpture in La Palma Park Stadium, 1949:
In 2015, the Horseman was presented “live action” as seen in the staging area for the parade at Broadway and Manchester:
And here, accompanied by the Anaheim Police Department’s Mounted Unit at staging for the 93rd annual Anaheim Halloween Parade in 2017:
Whenever the Horseman rides down the streets of Downtown Anaheim,
you know the Anaheim Halloween Parade isn’t far behind.