Appalachia Chatter and Chitter

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

A few weeks ago the girls filmed a spooky scene from the movie Sleepy Hollow. Their class had been reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving, and their teacher gave the students the option of writing an essay or filming a scene from the movie, Sleepy Hollow, which is based on Irving’s short story.

As you might imagine, the scene turned out more humorous than scary. The girls improvised the entire dialogue which made for many uncontrolled fits of giggling and screaming. I was manning the camera and everytime we started over-they said something totally different.

I took the time to type out their ‘script’ since I know they’re hard to understand.


See that there.

That tree?

That’s the tree of death.

That’s what I heard.

I pass it every day on my way to school.

You know Granny says if you chop into it with an axe it’ll bleed.

You think?


I hear that its because the headless horseman stores all his head in there.

Cause he needs a head?

He ain’t got one.

Riddle me this why does he never put the head on once he chops them all up and puts them in his tree?

Maybe he’s saving them.


I don’t know. Granny said, I’m… I’m curious but Granny said that if you chop into that tree and try to get to the heads that he’ll come after you on the sixth day of the sixth month.

Hmm…that’s weird maybe we should wait till night time and chop into it. Cause wouldn’t he be like you know out at night?

He might be making his rounds, collecting his heads. We could catch him when he’s not there.

Sounds like a plan. Tonight?

Let’s do it.

It’s bleeding!

What grandma said is true!

Stand back…(scream-scream).

I guess grandma was right. He’s going to come after us!!

I hope you enjoyed the silliness.


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    July 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    We have a road down below where we live and the name of it is sleepy hollow. Greeneville Tn.

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    October 30, 2013 at 7:11 am

    What fun! The girls did a great job!

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    Jane Bolden
    October 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Good job!! Couldn’t help but grin a few times especially at the end. Reminded me of the old scary movies when I a little girl. I would sometimes laugh in the wrong places. My best friend would take a hankie to cover her eyes in the scary parts.

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    October 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Love it! they did a great job.
    Congratulations girls!

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    October 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    You know, just figured out why that girl with the wig scared me so much. She looks like Norman Bates’ Momma!!!!

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    October 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    And here I thought their real names were Chitter and Chatter. I’m been fooled. Actually, that was a rather interesting randition of Sleepy Hollow. Have they seen the TV version; I watched the beginning of the first one. It was back to my knitting when he lost his head and then the sheriff lost his head. Yikes! Such a good Halloween story!

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    October 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    That settles it; ain’t going out after dark to walk our dog no more. well, I might once all this Halloween stuff is over. That girl with the wig scares me! I bet she knows how to use that ax!!!!! Look out, Stephen King.

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    October 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    HI Tipper,great job!!Can’t stop smiling, thank you GIRLS-all 3.God Bless. Jean

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    teresa atkinson
    October 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    it was fun to watch this being filmed. Complete with I’m having Ketchup on my chicken. Much love. Tell Miss Cindy we said hello.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I was wondering if there was anyone else there when the video was taken. I seem to see something odd back in the woods about frame 1:21 and then again about 1:45. Did anybody else notice it? It seems to be a face back among the leaves. It couldn’t be the headless horseman though, he doesn’t have a face. Or maybe he does but forgot where he put it.

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    Ron Banks
    October 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I ain’t skeered of no headless horseman! Shoot, he can’t see you anyhow cuz he ain’t got no head to hold his eyeballs in!!
    Good job ladies!

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    Ken Roper
    October 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I watched Chitter and Chatter’s
    version-skit of the Headless Horse-
    man several times, even went to
    Youtube and opened up the screen.
    Both girls was great! And the camera
    girl wasn’t bad either…Ken

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    b. Ruth
    October 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Chitter and Chatter…great work!
    I loved the term “riddle me this!”
    How cool and Appalachian is that!
    I felt sorry for the poor doll heads posing as folks! But, you gotta do what you gotta do! LOL
    Now then, I really can’t see those pretty sweet gals doing much scareing of anyone! I can see where the giggles come from!
    So good and I am sure the teacher and the peers at school will love it!
    Thanks Tipper and girls…
    PS….The really scary part will be the ending of this story when
    on Hallows Eve those doll heads come back to get the rest of their bodies…LOOK OUT, CHITTER, CHATTER and MAMA! WHOOOOOOO! LOL
    Won’t that make a scary edition for Sleepy Hollow!

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    Ken Ryan
    October 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Well, y’all might have laughed, but I was scairt! LOL Good job, girls.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    October 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Chitter and Chatter reminded me of some great students it has been my privilege to teach in English! Great job in their take-off on Washington Irving’s “Headless Horseman”! And it made good use of “Grannyisms”, too, some of our strong Appalachian traditions of “Listen to the old legends. There’s more truth in them than you might think!” Enjoyed the video! Congratulations, Chitter and Chatter–and a creative teacher–and a Mom who managed the camera!

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    Mrs. K
    October 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Great job, girls! Good camera work too, Tipper. ; )

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    October 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

    They may as well give up their singing career and head on out to Hollywood!

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    October 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    How funny. Hope they got an A+.

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    C. Ron Perry
    October 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Great job girls and Tipper also behind the camera.

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    Mike McLain
    October 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Funny! I think this is the first time I have ever seen Chitter and Chatter’s real names.
    My wife and I just got back from visiting friends in Connecticut and as we were driving, I remember seeing the exit in New York to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. I am glad we got back home before Halloween!

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    October 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

    HOLLYWOOD, HERE THEY COME! This was good Tipper! Chilling! I would not want to take a walk with these girls in the dark!
    Check out the local newspapers soon regarding the signings of “Fiddler” at the Curiosity Book Store in Murphy on WED NOV. 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 and at the Moss Memorial Library BOOK STORE just off the Square in Hayesville on NOV. 15 & 16th. I’m a thinken “Fiddler” would make a fine Christmas Gift for somebody who loves the history of our people and the music played in these counties!
    Best regards,
    Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    October 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

    That is too funny. I was there when you filmed it. They broke down into wild giggles so many times that I wondered if you would ever get a movie out of it.
    Well done to both stars and film crew!

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 28, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Oh my Gosh!! I am still laughing. What a great job. they introduced humor and still made it clear they understood the story. I hope they got an A

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