updated 10/31/2008 3:25:35 PM ET 2008-10-31T19:25:35

Police are poised to prevent any monstrous Halloween behavior in the area where the Headless Horseman roamed.

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Authorities in suburban Sleepy Hollow say they'll disperse large groups of teenagers, if necessary, and confiscate eggs and shaving cream.

The area served as the backdrop for Washington Irving's 1819 "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which depicts the Headless Horseman charging after a terrified Ichabod Crane.

Parents are asked to voluntarily have children under 17 home by 8:30 p.m.

In his story, Irving describes Sleepy Hollow as a rustic little valley north of Tarry Town where people "are subject to trances and visions."

In 1996, residents of North Tarrytown voted to change the village's name to Sleepy Hollow.

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