It's a classic story and evokes all kinds of creepy images. It is so iconic that it was made into both a Disney movie and a few times into a horror movie (including the Johnny Depp version).
Washington Irving is also famous for his short story about Rip Van Winkle, the man who fell asleep for 20 years. This one is also classic and has been retold time and time again, especially in the form of a children's story.
Adaptations have their merit, but it is always best to visit the original.