Tilda first appears asking someone what’s the new school master’s name, which she is told by him, Ichabod Crane. She then appears when Ichabod makes her along with two other girls sing. During the party organized by Baltus Van Tassel, Brom Bones notices Tilda has no dance partner and decided to use her as a way to swap her with Katrina. This comically backfires as Tilda, excited about having someone to dance with, will not let go of him.
She is last seen listening to Brom's story of the Headless Horseman and singing a few parts. Though not seen, she leaves for home after the party ends.