With a history dating back to the 1700’s, and its fair share of Civil War and other battles, Loudoun has become “HOME” to many ghosts, goblins and other haunted sites certain to scare you to death. Our happy haunts love to come out to play in October and scare the heck out of the most hearty residents and visitors to the area. If you are looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween, check out these local haunts.

Note: Due to COVID-19, a number of attractions this year have been changed or cancelled. Please be sure to call or email in advance to confirm your scare, or you might be surprised when you arrive!

Shocktober Haunted House

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Courtesy: Shocktober Website

Due to COVID-19, Shocktober has gone virtual this year! Check out the virtual tour.

Billed as Northern Virginia’s only “Real Haunted House”, Paxton Manor is the story of the Carver Family who were banished from the Leesburg area and forced to live in nearby caverns. After one hundred years, they have returned and are taking back the family’s thirty-two room manor. Visitors are required to sign a waiver due to the scariness of the attraction. Admission is $30, with all proceeds going to benefit Loudoun residents with disabilities. 601 Catoctin Cir NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Markoff’s Haunted Forest

From the MHF Website: Since 1992, we have been reinventing ourselves to create a new and terrifying experience. Our first year began as a Haunted School Bus driven by the Markoff’s Brothers to events and chasing patrons out the back screaming and crashing to some dirty mattresses waiting below. Over the years, our haunt has expanded, evolved and even changed locations until finally settling on a permanent home in Dickerson Maryland just outside Poolesville. If you are wondering if the Haunted Bus still exists…. dang right it does! While it used to be incorporated on the various trails, age and time have taken its toll and now you can find it in its final resting place in our Junk Yard scene. Size and scale have metamorphosed this event to a “Must See Event”, and our creative team has taken to some very modern scare tactics while never turning our back from the rawness that has made our trail so amazing! Music, lights, actors, make-up and set pieces unlike any other are why we are continually picked as the best haunt in the area, and one of the top haunts in the country. Our continued mission to get people outdoors, make our haunt truly unique and the topography of our forest make each bend in the path truly horrific! There is so much going on that you’re sure to soil yourself!  Markoff’s Haunted Forest is Maryland’s original greatest Halloween event, and you will be amazed by what you find lurking in the woods! Admission this year is “cohort based”, see their website for more details. https://www.markoffshauntedforest.com 19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, MD, 20842

Night Maze at the Plains

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Everyone knows that navigating a corn maze at night can be scary, especially when there are surprises at every turn. In the case of the Corn Maze in the Plains, you need to be sure you bring a flashlight or you might not come back alive. Compared to the “fear factor” of other attractions, its not as scary, however its not for everyone. Admission $10. 4501 Old Tavern Rd. The Plains, Va 20198

Haunted Woods

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Courtesy Haunted Forest Website

On land that used to be the location for an elite children’s boarding school, lives an old caretaker said to have become bitter over his failed career as a circus clown. Taking pleasure in the terrorization of the students, he was said to have “gone too far” after being fired from his job, but he was never charged with a crime. You can now experience the terror in the woods where the school was located, including a special tour where thirteen children from the school disappeared mysteriously one night. Admission is $25 which includes a special ticket to a new attraction, the Haunted Asylum. Algonkian Regional Park 47001 Fairway Drive Sterling, Virginia 20165