Organizers of Shocktober—the region’s largest haunted house production and a core fundraiser for the Arc of Loudoun—are promising to make the 10thannual project scarier than ever.The screaming begins Friday night.
This year’s theme, Camp Carlheim, incorporates elements of the property’s actual history, hearkening back to the actual history of Paxton Campus in Leesburg. The estate was built in 1872 by Charles and Rachel Paxton, and Shocktober takes place inside what was originally named Carlheim Manor.
Rachel Paxton willed the estate into a charitable trust to benefit needy children. In 1967, a group of parents of special needs children formed the Arc of Loudoun to start a preschool for their children, and in 2009 the Arc of Loudoun moved to Paxton Campus, where it has been growing ever since.