Does matter accelerate to the speed of light as it approaches the singularity?
In a way. But let's get rid of that word "singularity", and replace it with "black hole". Yes, falling bodies fall faster and faster. As you know, falling bodies do not slow down. Taken to the limit, the falling body would be falling at the speed of light.
Since the event horizon is defined as when the escape velocity reaches the speed of light for a black hole
Where did you get that definition from? I don't recognise it. Let's just agree that the event horizon is the location from which the upward light beam cannot escape.
Would matter accelerate near the speed of light as it approaches the singularity?
Yes, but again let's replace singularity with black hole. As the falling body approaches the black hole, it falls faster and faster. Eventually it approaches the speed of light. But there's a catch, and it is a whopper.
Accretion disks are known to move t relativistic speeds near the event horizon, but perhaps oddities occur beyond this point?
Perhaps. However we don't know what happens on the other side of the event horizon. But we do know that oddities happen on this side of the event horizon. Such as gamma ray bursts.
The event horizon can be derived from setting the escape velocity of an object to the speed of light, it is a point of no return...I understand there are better definitions, but this is not really germane to the question at hand. How about from the perspective of another in-falling observer?
See what Einstein said in 1920: “Second, this consequence shows that the law of the constancy of the speed of light no longer holds, according to the general theory of relativity, in spaces that have gravitational fields. As a simple geometric consideration shows, the curvature of light rays occurs only in spaces where the speed of light is spatially variable”. The falling body is falling into the black hole because the speed of light is reducing. It falls faster and faster, until at some point it's falling at the local speed of light. Then it erupts into a gamma ray burst.
For some strange reason not many people know about this. But see the 2013 AMPS paper an apologia for firewalls. Tucked away in the conclusion is footnote 31, containing a reference 87 to Friedwardt Winterberg’s 2001 paper gamma ray bursters and Lorentzian relativity. Winterberg talks about the direct conversion of an entire stellar rest mass into gamma ray energy. See the Wikipedia gamma ray burst article and note that “a typical burst releases as much energy in a few seconds as the Sun will in its entire 10-billion-year lifetime”. I think this is the hard scientific evidence that Winterburg is correct, it ties in with what Einstein said about the speed of light, and it clears up the issue wherein falling bodies are said to accelerate to the speed of light and decelerate to a halt.