On his way home, Crane's active imagination begins playing tricks on him as he recalls the spooky stories he was told at the feast.
He begins to imagine ghostly forms along the way until he encounters a lone rider at an intersection of a swamp.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is a well known tale of a small town's superstitions and the terror of a Headless Horseman.
The famous images this story evokes are of a horseman with his head in his hands chasing the townspeople across a covered bridge.
Tim takes Washington Irving's story to new heights by using his own look and it furthermore adds a higher suspense element to the classic tale.
Tim Burton uses a gothic setting to depict the dark and unchanging mood of Sleepy Hollow.
While at first intimidated by the rider's physical size and presence, Crane quickly notices that the rider's head is on his saddle, rather than where it belonged on his neck.
In a frenzied panic, Crane races his horse to the covered bridge next to the Old Dutch Burial Ground where the legend says the Horseman would vanish, according to rule, in a flash of fire and brimstone.
While attending a harvest feast at the Van Tassels' homestead, he hears the ghost stories and haunted tales of the town from the locals.
His plan to propose to Katrina is ill fated and he leaves the feast crestfallen.