If you miss the experience of a haunted house, Paxton Campus in Leesburg is running My Bloody Valentine, a haunted house experience that supports the programs run by Arc of Loudoun. The haunted house is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 9 and 10) at Paxton Manor in Leesburg.
Doors open at 7 p.m. both nights, tickets are sold onsite with the last tickets sold at 10 p.m. The self-guided tour of Paxton Manor’s first two floors features interactive characters who, the website claims, “wear their hearts on their sleeves, dripping with blood.” The website recommends the event for a PG-13 audience.
Arc of Loudoun runs a handful of programs for developmentally disabled people. These include Aurora School, where students with disabilities get 1-on-1 instruction. Students from Loudoun County Public Schools and a dozen other districts send students, which they have identified as having a better chance to grow and reach their full potential in such an environment, to Aurora School.
Arc of Loudoun also operates the Open Door Learning Center, a pre-school that keeps a 50-50 ratio of students with and without developmental issues.
A third program is ALLY – A Life Like Yours – which advocates for disabled people and helps parents of children with disabilities to advocate for their children. Assistance areas include help working with government programs and the legal system.
The Paxton Campus also houses Ability Fitness, a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities or patients recovering from strokes or brain injuries.
Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit organization, opens Paxton Manor for “haunted” happenings every year around Halloween and Valentine’s Day. While Aurora School receives funding from school districts that send students there, these two events provide most of the rest of the funding for its programs.
For more information about My Bloody Valentine, visit shocktober.org.
For more information on Arc of Loudoun programs, visit paxtoncampus.org.