The Return of Shocktober

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Shocktober in Leesburg runs now through October 31st.

Reilly Hooks, Staff Reporter

The historic Paxton Manor mansion in Leesburg is home to the horror attraction known as Shocktober

This 150-year old mansion with 40 rooms is decorated and turned into a terrifying and thrilling tour. All the proceeds go to a local charity, The Arc of Loudoun. The charity’s goal is to provide children and adults with disabilities a more modern and accessible environment.

This haunted tour is mostly toured by teenagers and adults. Sophomore Abby Stern said her second time through was more enjoyable.  

¨The second time was better because it was so scary, but because it was so scary it made the experience more fun,” Stern said.

Senior Ashlyn Cool agreed.

¨Even though it was terrifying, I would definitely go again because it was a fun experience with my friends,¨ Cool said.  

The event is making a comeback this October with different characters and rooms to share a new story of a group of cannibals hiding throughout the mansion.

This attraction has raised over $3.5 million for The Arc of the Loudoun since 2010, along with The Paxton Manor being ranked fifth in the nation for haunted houses by Travel and Leisure magazine. 

Things to know about this haunt: Tickets are $40 per person, and they offer a chicken glow necklace to wear in the house that lets actors know who not to target.