New TV show boosts tourism in real Sleepy Hollow

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SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York village of Sleepy Hollow is even busier than usual this Halloween, thanks to a new TV series inspired by the tale of the Headless Horseman.

Some tourists say they came to see the real village after watching Fox's "Sleepy Hollow." Restaurants report bigger crowds. The village's website for tourism gets peppered after every episode.

The attention fits Sleepy Hollow's plan to increase tourism. The village changed its name in 1996 to capitalize on its connection to Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

The TV show takes extensive liberties with the story. Ichabod Crane, who was written as a skinny, superstitious schoolteacher, is played by a handsome actor. And the population of TV's Sleepy Hollow is 144,000 rather than 10,000.

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