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Leesburg’s award-winning haunted house, Shocktober, opens for its 11th season

Uplift Loudoun

The historic Paxton Manor in Leesburg has once again transformed into the scariest haunted house and is now ready for visitors. Enter if you dare, that is.

Shocktober has been named the fifth scariest Haunted House in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure as well as awarded Event of the Year by Visit Loudoun. On Oct. 1 the haunted house opens for its eleventh season with a new theme, packages, and attractions.

The site of this haunt, Carlheim Manor, is a 150-year old, 43-room mansion that is transformed into a haunted attraction each year to raise funds for The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities. Shocktober is a major production that entertained more than 17,600 Shock Fans and benefited from more than 10,000 volunteer hours in 2019. Since 2010, Shocktober has generated $3.5 million for The Arc of Loudoun.

This year, guests will experience new rooms and characters. “The story of Carvers weaves in the true history of the manor and its property, with a story about its haunted past and modern-day terror,” says Matt Smith, Director of Facilities for The Arc and creative genius behind Shocktober. The Carvers are fictional group of cannibals and are hiding in the mansion.

Shocktober 2021 Details:

Dates: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 1st through October 30th.

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays: 7-10pm; Sundays: 7-9pm

Location: Carlheim Manor, located in the historic District of Leesburg, VA

Parking: Pennington Lot 112 Church Street NE, Leesburg, VA.

Cost: General Admission $40 including 4 levels of Carlheim Manor and its basement; RIP Fast Pass available at $60 per person. $125 R.I.P. (Really Important People) Package including R.I.P.-Only Manor Fast Pass, Shuttle Fast Pass, exclusive Shocktober 2021 t-shirt, two drink tickets, $10 food credit, and exclusive access to R.I.P. Tent while at Shocktober. Limited number of tickets available per hour of Shocktober.

$5 Shocktober Grounds (No Manor Access)

$4.99 – Accessible online 2-hour experience

Tweet about Shocktober by copying and pasting the following tweet: Loudoun County’s destination haunted house, the terrifying @ShocktoberHaunt is open every weekend from 10/1-10/30! Buy your tickets now: https://shocktober.org/ @Shocktoberhaunt #Shocktober2021 #CarlheimManor

Follow and tag Shocktober on our social media handles: Facebook-@Shocktober Twitter/Instagram- @ShocktoberHaunt

Arc of Loudoun

All proceeds from Shocktober benefit The Arc of Loudoun, a local nonprofit that advocates for, educates, serves, and supports people with disabilities and their families. Through its five primary programs—Ability Fitness Center, A Life Like Yours (ALLY) Advocacy Center, Aurora Behavior Clinic, The Aurora School, and Open Door Learning Center preschool—The Arc serves more than 7,000 people each year including people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, educators, advocates; Arc volunteers; and members of the law enforcement, first responder and judicial system communities. The Arc of Loudoun strives to bring about a just, equitable world for people with disabilities. To learn more, visit thearcofloudoun.org.

Paxton Manor, the 150-year-old mansion where Shocktober is hosted yearly.photo provided/Shocktober staff

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