Shocktober, the annual fund-raiser for Arc of Loudoun programs on the Paxton Campus in Leesburg, offers even more ways to get chills and thrills every weekend through Nov. 4.
Shocktober is back for its ninth season, with the 150-year-old Paxton Manor again transforming into a haunted house experience, with proceeds going to benefit programs for people with developmental disabilities.
This year, the fun doesn’t start and stop in the mansion’s darkened doorways. This year’s version features a new theme, new packages and new attractions for an expanded Halloween haunting.
The new theme is “Paxton Hall,” a haunted boarding school that adds a riveting plot to the traditional three R’s of education. The on-site Shocktober experience includes three levels of Paxton Manor and its basement, Carnival of Souls.
“The story of Paxton Hall centers around an evil and terrifying headmistress, which results in the school students rebelling,” Arc of Loudoun Director of Facilities Matt Smith said.
A new feature inside the manor this year is “Escape Paxton,” a five-minute escape room of sheer confusion. Escape Paxton can be booked online for up to six people at $5 per person during Shocktober.
Another new feature this year is Shocktober’s “Trail of Terror,” a three-day passport guide to Loudoun County restaurants, wineries, breweries and lodging accommodations that tie into the haunted theme. Businesses on the Trail of Terror include 14 Loudoun, Black Olive, Delirium Café, Exit Plan, Ford’s Fish Shack, Ghost Hunt of Leesburg, Leesburg Public House, Notaviva Vineyards, Old Ox Brewery, Paisano’s Pizza, Tarara Winery, Vanish Brewery, and Zephaniah Farm Vineyard. Hotel partners include Lansdowne Resort and Spa and The National. There are prizes included, with each stop visited on the Trail of Terror providing another chance to win.
Looking to make a frightening night of it? Try the new “Fears and Beers Package.” Shocktober has partnered with Reston Limousine (restonlimo.com), which will transport passengers in a limo or van to Old Ox Brewery, Delirium Café, and Paxton Manor. The $140 van ticket and $199 limo ticket includes a six-hour van or limo ride to the breweries and Shocktober, a Really Important People (R.I.P.) Shocktober fast pass, a flight of beer at Old Ox Brewery and Delirium Café, and a Shocktober t-shirt.
Old Ox Brewery, Tarara Winery, Paisano’s Pizza and Chick-fil-a will have food and beverages on sale at Shocktober.
The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit providing services to people with disabilities and their families. Its programs, operated on the Paxton Campus, include The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center Preschool, ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center, Aurora Behavior Clinic and Ability Fitness Center.
More than 12,000 people attended Shocktober last year and the event raised more than $400,000 in 2017 – about half of The Arc of Loudoun’s fundraising revenue.
Shocktober’s hours are 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 4. Paxton Manor is at 601 Catoctin Circle NE in Leesburg. Tickets include three levels of Paxton Manor and the Carinval of Souls in the basement. They cost $35 if purchased online and $40 if purchased on-site.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit shocktober.org. For more information about the Arc of Loudoun and its programs, visit thearcofloudoun.org.