Shocktober 2018 Press Release

Leesburg’s Award Winning Haunted House, Shocktober, Opens for its 9th Season on October 5th

LEESBURG, Virginia – August 28, 2018 – Shocktober’s Paxton Manor will open its ninth season this year with a new theme, packages, and attractions. Paxton Manor is a 150-year old mansion located in Leesburg, Virginia, that has been transformed into a professional haunted house that raises funds for The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit providing services to people with disabilities and their families. Shocktober is a major production that raised over $400,000 for The Arc of Loudoun in 2017 (about 50% of The Arc’s fundraising revenue), and had more than 12,000 attendees last year.

This year, the haunt will have a new theme, along with new packages and attractions, which will make Shocktober better than ever!

New Theme: This year, we have created a brand new theme, “Paxton Hall,” a haunted boarding school with a dark past. Attendees will experience new rooms and characters. “The story of Paxton Hall centers around an evil and terrifying headmistress, which results in the school students rebelling,” says Matt Smith, Director of Facilities for The Arc and evil creative genius of Shocktober.

New Trail of Terror Passport Guide: Shocktober’s Trail of Terror is a 3-day passport guide to Loudoun County restaurants, wineries, breweries, places to stay, and special experiences (with a haunted twist) during the Shocktober 2018 Season. Businesses on the Trail of Terror guide 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. The more places patrons visit on the Trail of Terror, the more prizes they can win!

New Fears and Beers Package: “Get shocked in luxury.” This year, Shocktober attendees can enjoy a mini brewery tour of Loudoun County and experience Shocktober all in one night! We’ve partnered with Reston Limousine, where passengers ride in a limo or van to Old Ox Brewery, Delirium Café, and Shocktober. The $140 van ticket and $199 limo ticket includes: a 6 hour van or limo ride to the breweries and Shocktober, a R.I.P. (Really Important People) Shocktober fast pass, a flight of beer at Old Ox Brewery and Delirium Café, and a Shocktober t-shirt.

New Escape Room Attraction: Located in the haunted manor, Shocktober attendees can race against the clock in “Escape Paxton,” our five minute escape room of sheer confusion. Open only during Shocktober, Escape Paxton can be booked online for up to six people at $5 per person.

Partnerships: This year we have amazing community partnerships and sponsorships including our own special brew, the Oxorcist II, that is brewed by Old Ox Brewery in collaboration with Shocktober, for sale directly at Old Ox and distributed throughout Northern Virginia. Tarara Winery is creating a brand new wine in collaboration with Shocktober and on sale at Shocktober. Paisano’s Pizza and Chick-fil-a will be on sale at Shocktober. We thank Loudoun County and Virginia Tourism Corporation as our tourism destination sponsors. We thank Ford’s Fish Shack as a Scary-Good sponsor, The National as a Shock-tacular sponsor, and Cuccinelli Greiger as a Ghoulishly Great sponsor.

Grants Program Giving Back: We Scare Because We Care Mini-Grants Program, is an opportunity for human service nonprofits in Loudoun to serve more children. It is The Arc of Loudoun’s mission to maximize the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community and this program will be impacting more families by providing five $1,000 mini-grants to human service nonprofits in Loudoun County.

Shocktober Attractions include: Three levels of Paxton Manor, and its basement, Carnival of Souls.

Dates: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 5th through November 4th
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays: 7-10pm; Sundays: 7-9pm
Location: 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Cost: ONLINE: $35 including the 3 levels of Paxton Manor and its basement, the Carnival of Souls; TICKET OFFICE: $40 including Paxton Manor and its basement, the Carnival of Souls

Tweet about Shocktober by copying and pasting the following tweet: Loudoun County’s destination haunted house, the terrifying @ShocktoberHaunt is open every weekend from 10/5-11/4! Buy your tickets now: https://shocktober.org/ #PaxtonHall #Shocktober2018

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

Although known for its frightening PG-13 tours among thrill-seekers and locals, all proceeds from Shocktober benefit The Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit organization that advocates for and provides direct service to children with disabilities, as well as their families, caretakers, and the professionals who work with them through its many programs: The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center Preschool, ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center, Aurora Behavior Clinic and Ability Fitness Center. The Arc of Loudoun celebrated 50 years of serving people with disabilities in 2017 and is also the charity behind the fan favorite Shocktober, opening October 5 for the 2018 season.If you have a child with special needs, want to volunteer, attend our events, or support The Arc of Loudoun, visit www.thearcofloudoun.org .

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