In its ninth year, the Arc of Loudoun’s popular Shocktober haunted house is coming back bigger and better than ever—and all across Loudoun.
Shocktober is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser. The Arc of Loudoun’s staff and volunteers work on the attraction six months out of the year to get the 150-year-old Paxton Manor ready. Last year, Shocktober saw more than 12,000 attendees and raised more than $400,000. That accounts for about half of the Arc of Loudoun’s fundraising.
This year, Arc of Loudoun has new partnerships across the county, like the new Fears and Beers—a brewery tour to go with the haunted house—an escape room, and The National Conference Center’s new Halls of Horror. There is also the Trail of Terror guide to a three-day tour of Loudoun restaurants, wineries, breweries, places to stay, and things to do. Visiting those places wins Shocktober fans discounts and prizes and sends a donation to the Arc of Loudoun.
“Obviously Loudoun County is a beautiful county,” said Chief Development Office Denise Daffron. “There is so much to do here in this county, so we wanted to figure out how can we bring fans from around this region, outside of Loudoun County, to come in and experience what Loudoun County has to offer.”
Shocktober’s new theme is “Paxton Hall,” a haunted boarding school with a dark history, with new rooms, new characters, and new scares.
The story: Paxton Hall was run by a ruthless headmistress, who did not like children and had a cruel streak. The children rebelled—and she ordered the doors and windows locked so no news of the rebellion could reach the outside world.
What happened in those last bloody days of Paxton Hall has been a mystery for many years. But when a box hidden away by the Headmistress was uncovered and open during renovations, the tortured souls at Paxton Hall were reawakened and unleashed.
The Arc of Loudoun advocates for and provides direct service to children with disabilities, as well as their families, caretakers, and the professionals who work with them through its several programs. Shocktober opens Oct. 5. Find out more and get tickets at Shocktober.org.