Are you ready to walk explore the terrors of Paxton Hall? You can take the challenge starting this weekend at Shocktober opens its month-long run at the Paxton Campus in Leesburg.

In its ninth year, the Arc of Loudoun’s popular fundraiser bigger than ever. Last year, Shocktober saw more than 12,000 people tour the 150-year-old mansion that is decked out as one of the region’s most elaborate hunted houses—and raised more than $400,000 for the Arc of Loudoun. The nonprofit provides direct service to children with disabilities, as well as their families, caretakers, and the professionals who work with them through its several programs.

This year’s Shocktober theme is “Paxton Hall,” a haunted boarding school with a dark history, with new rooms, new characters, and new scares. The tour is built around the story that Paxton Hall was run by a ruthless headmistress, who did not like children and had a cruel streak. The children rebelled—and she ordered the doors and windows locked so no news of the rebellion could reach the outside world. What happened in those last bloody days of Paxton Hall has been a mystery for many years. But when a box hidden away by the headmistress was uncovered and open during renovations, the tortured souls at Paxton Hall were reawakened and unleashed.

Also this year, Arc of Loudoun has new partnerships across the county, including the Fears and Beers—a brewery tour to go with the haunted house—an escape room, and The National Conference Center’s new Halls of Horror. There is also the Trail of Terror guide that offers special deals for visitors at Loudoun restaurants, wineries, breweries, places to stay, and things to do on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visiting those places wins Shocktober fans discounts and prizes and sends donations to the Arc of Loudoun.

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