At the end of Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Ichabod Crane disappears after he is frightened by the headless horsemen. A search turns up the saddle of Ichabod's horse, his hat, and a pumpkin.
One old farmer claims that Crane has moved to a distant part of the country where he has become a lawyer, a politician and a judge.
The old women of the town believe that Ichabod has been "spirited away by supernatural means."
Brom Bones, who was Ichabod's rival for the hand of the beautiful Katrina, "was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh at the mention of the pumpkin." This, of course, supports the theory that the Headless Horseman was none other than Brom Bones hiding his head under his coat and displaying a pumpkin in its place.