So much to do, it’s scary
Cox Farms Fields of Fear, Centreville
The Fields of Fear offer three terrifying attractions: Cornightmare, Dark Side Hayride, and The Forest: Back 40. That’s right, there’s something for every kind of fear imaginable. The most terrifying part? Touching is allowed, and the monsters in the fields of fear know it. Anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Fields of Fear is open every Friday and Saturday night September 21-November 3, plus Sunday, October 7. Fear Basic tickets are $15 and are valid any night of Fields of Fear. Fear Deluxe tickets are valid only on certain nights and prices vary. For complete details, visit http://FieldsOfFear.CoxFarms.com
Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion, Doswell
Starting October 5. Terror lurks around every corner at the annual Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion. From the thrilling rides to the frightful attractions, you’re in for some extreme screams. Are you brave enough to venture through haunted mazes, terrifying scare zones or sit in the fright zone? Over 400 monsters descend upon the park each night of Haunt. Note: This event is too intense for young children. Parental discretion is advised. Dates: Friday Oct 5-Sunday Oct 7, Friday Oct 12-Sunday Oct 14, Friday Oct 19-Sunday Oct 21, Friday, Oct 26-Sunday, Oct 28. Visit KingsDominion.com for lowest ticket prices.
The Death Trail, Dumfries
Looking for Virginia’s best place for screams? You’ll find it at the Death Trail. Located just two miles from I95, this 30-minute trail will bring you face to face with your worst fears. Now in its 9th year, The Death Trail is one of the fastest growing haunted attractions around and has been voted one of the top three best haunts by Virginiahauntedhouses.com. Experience the new 5-minute Escape Room and bring the kids for a non-scare night on October 29th. 2018 dates for those ready to be truly terrified are: October 12,13, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! For more information, visit Facebook at @TheDeathTrail.
Starting October 5. Paxton Manor, a real life haunted mansion, is open this season for a blood-chilling experience. Feeling extra brave? Try their separate basement experience, the Carnival of Souls. According to the story, this manor is overrun with “carvers,” gruesome zombies determined that you won’t leave in one piece. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights October 5 – November 4. For more information, visit Shocktober.org and on Facebook at @Shocktober.
Trick or Treat at Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon
Saturday, October 27. Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft during this unforgettable evening. Watch wool carding and spinning, historic chocolate-making, and fishnet making demonstrations in the historic area. To burn off all the excitement, try 18th-century dancing in the upper garden before greeting Martha Washington. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begin at 5PM and prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes. Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine, and pets are welcome to attend. $14 Adult, $8 Youth (11 and under). Saturday Oct 27 3:30pm-6:30pm.
Haunt the Town, Occoquan
Throughout the month of October, this terrific spot filled with shops and restaurants in eastern Prince William County celebrates “Haunt the Town.” Stores throughout Occoquan display life-size Halloween characters on benches, porches and doorways to bring a spooky vibe to the town known for its haunted history. More than 20 buildings are said to be haunted and Haunted Occoquan offers family-friendly walking tours to share stories of the haunted houses, stores and other structures. Tours are conducted Tuesday through Saturday, from 8pm to 10pm. For information and reservations (required), visit http://hauntedoccoquan.com/
Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods, Sterling
The Haunted Forest is a terrifying walk through the haunted woods of Algonkian Regional Park. Once in The Woods, you will find yourself in the dark, but definitely not alone. Enter at your own risk. Can you face the Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods? 2018 opening weekend: Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th. Ticket sales start at 7pm. Haunting starts at dusk! 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling
Haunted Hollow, Warrenton
This haunted trail in and around the barns of an abandoned haunted farm will leave visitors breathless or gasping for your last breath. Only the bravest should attempt Haunted Hollow. Not recommended for children under 12. Open Friday and Saturday nights, September 28 – October 27. Tickets: $18. Cash and major credit cards accepted. HauntedHollowVA.com.
Warrenton Ghost Tours, Warrenton
Hosted by the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, the hour-long tours give history buffs and paranormal enthusiasts an opportunity to hear ghost stories grounded in real events. Each year there are between 12 and 15 spooky stops on the tour, and each year organizers add new stories between old favorites. In recent years, the historical society has recruited actors dressed in period garb to perform scenes at some stops. This year, five new stops have been added and tours are available on Friday, October 19th and 26th at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm, and on Saturday, October 20th and 27th at 6pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tours start at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, and tickets go on sale September 18th. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online at www.FauquierHistory.org.
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
Starting September 15. Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™ and darkly entertaining live shows. Guests should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding whether Howl-O-Scream is appropriate for young children. For more information, visit howloscream.com/va. The haunts begin Sept. 15 and continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and select Thursdays through Oct. 28. Event is free with park admission. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/va.
Haunted Nightmares Haunted House, Winchester
Haunted Nightmares is an intense, high energy haunted attraction that uses the latest technology available to the haunt industry. With over 4600 square feet, trained actors, professional makeup, highly detailed sets and, new for 2018, 5 differently themed 10-minute escape rooms certain to make those ten minutes feel like the longest and most terrifying of your life, this haunt is one you’ll never forget. Haunted Nightmares Haunted House opens October 5th. For complete information, visit Facebook at @HauntedNightmaresHauntedHouse and HauntedNightmares.net.