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  • 601 Catoctin circle NE
  • Leesburg, VA
  • 571-918-9692
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Very Scary
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Organization Type
Charity / NOT For Profit
Listing Categories
Haunted Houses, Other Events
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  • Email Verified Loved the building!

    I thought the building itself was awesome. Not scared at all but enjoyed walking throughout this old building!I just can’t seem to find a haunt that scares me. This is for a good cause, so glad I went!

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Email Verified A solid haunted house attraction

    Went on a Sunday evening (10/21/18) around 8:30pm. Was expecting a long wait but there was no wait to check in and only had to wait in line for an hour. The decorations and actors inside were very good and well done. Some of the rooms were scarier than others but those darn trap doors/sliding windows throughout the hallways definitely get you! I got a few solid scares but overall was expecting it to be scarier considering other reviews I had seen (and I tend to scare/jump easily). I don’t think the waiver is necessary but I can understand the reasoning behind it. It took about 10-15 minutes to go through the main house (Paxton Manor) and then immediately after waited maybe 15 mins before entering the Basement (Carnival of Souls), which was about another 7-10 minute walkthrough. Many people have said the basement is scarier than the main house but I found them to be about the same scare-wise, though our group of 4 was mostly by ourselves going through the basement which made it a little scarier. All in all, it was definitely fun and I would recommend if you are fan of haunted attractions. Haven’t been to other similar attractions in the area other than Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear so I can’t really compare or say that this is the “best” in the area but it is fun for what it is. Also can’t say the original price point ($40 onsite, $35 online) is very fair considering what it is but it’s NOVA so what can you expect. Luckily our group of 4 had a Groupon that saved us $15 each, which made it more reasonably priced. I would probably return again next year!

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    Length of Event: 21-30 minutes
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted October 2018

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  • Email Verified Love Shocktober

    Scary as hell! Also, it is awesome to know that all of the proceeds benefit a charity. Shocktober is a Northern Virginia treasure and everyone should check it out. Rumor is there are some awesome new surprises in store this year.

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    Posted September 2018

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  • Email Verified Friggin Scary Haunted House - definitely not for little kids!

    The attention to detail and the incredibly scary nature of this haunt is AWESOME! It's definitely not for the faint of heart. The basement..oh the basement. That's just plain terrifying! Plus - they have an awesome concession with beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches, baked goods. Definitely worth every penny. Fabulous experience.

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    Posted September 2018

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  • Email Verified Great Scare!

    This is the best haunted house I've been to. As a fan of haunted houses and horror movies I find that's I'm not easily scared. Shocktober definitely proved me wrong. I was terrified! The actors are very professional and wear extremely convincing and realistic makeup as well as scary costumes. The mansion is huge and serves as an eerie setting for the event. I'm certainly going again next year.

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    Posted June 2017

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  • Email Verified Not Handicapped friendly

    Visited Shocktober in Leesburg with my wife tonight. We chose this haunted house based on the fact that this facility deals with Disabled Individuals on a daily basis. Based on this, my wife thought it would be okay for a mildly handicapped individual with limited mobility issues. This was not correct. Three quarters of the house was fine and not a problem. I was laughing myself crazy as my wife screamed her head off. Then all of a sudden there was a point where you had to crawl to get through followed by an area where you have to walk through air bags that are so tight that not even light gets in. Both of these were extreme challenges to my mobility. On top of this, there are areas where they purposely reduce the size of doorways and you have to squeeze through. Even the non-handicapped people were talking about how they didn't "know how they were going to squeeze their fat bellies through." Nowhere that we read on their website stated "not handicapped friendly" though they do warn people who are sick, pregnant or have heart issues that it may not be advisable to enter. By the time we exited, I was in serious pain from having to push through the air bags. When we came out, the staff asked me if I needed water and had me sit down - I looked that bad off. I was also advised that I probably did not want to visit the "Well of Souls". their other attraction. I decided not to visit this attraction but in a way was not happy because I had paid for it. When I asked the staff why they didn't warn me about the house as a handicapped individual, they just stated they thought "your cane was a prop" despite not being in costume or dressed up. I complained to the ticket booth and was asked "Didn't they warn you at the entrance?" I responded that I was only asked to do a 15 second countdown and nobody stated anything to me or my wife despite the cane and the limp. Plus I told them what their staff stated to me. Surprised that a place that deals with Disabled Individuals on a normal basis would not make a "handicapped friendly" haunted house and did not warn about it not being handicapped friendly. Though the staff was friendly and did apologize.

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    Posted October 2016

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  • First Rate Haunted Attraction

    I visit a lot of haunted attractions and these guys have it down. The mansion provides an amazing setting for a haunt (worth the price of admission just to see it). The Shocktober folks then add professional sets, props, detail, actors, lighting, costumes, and make-up. Absolutely worth the trip!!

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    Posted December 2015

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  • Email Verified Loved the building!

    I thought the building itself was awesome. Not scared at all but enjoyed walking throughout this old building!I just can’t seem to find a haunt that scares me. This is for a good cause, so glad I went!

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Email Verified A solid haunted house attraction

    Went on a Sunday evening (10/21/18) around 8:30pm. Was expecting a long wait but there was no wait to check in and only had to wait in line for an hour. The decorations and actors inside were very good and well done. Some of the rooms were scarier than others but those darn trap doors/sliding windows throughout the hallways definitely get you! I got a few solid scares but overall was expecting it to be scarier considering other reviews I had seen (and I tend to scare/jump easily). I don’t think the waiver is necessary but I can understand the reasoning behind it. It took about 10-15 minutes to go through the main house (Paxton Manor) and then immediately after waited maybe 15 mins before entering the Basement (Carnival of Souls), which was about another 7-10 minute walkthrough. Many people have said the basement is scarier than the main house but I found them to be about the same scare-wise, though our group of 4 was mostly by ourselves going through the basement which made it a little scarier. All in all, it was definitely fun and I would recommend if you are fan of haunted attractions. Haven’t been to other similar attractions in the area other than Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear so I can’t really compare or say that this is the “best” in the area but it is fun for what it is. Also can’t say the original price point ($40 onsite, $35 online) is very fair considering what it is but it’s NOVA so what can you expect. Luckily our group of 4 had a Groupon that saved us $15 each, which made it more reasonably priced. I would probably return again next year!

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    Length of Event: 21-30 minutes
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted October 2018

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  • Email Verified Love Shocktober

    Scary as hell! Also, it is awesome to know that all of the proceeds benefit a charity. Shocktober is a Northern Virginia treasure and everyone should check it out. Rumor is there are some awesome new surprises in store this year.

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    Posted September 2018

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  • Email Verified Friggin Scary Haunted House - definitely not for little kids!

    The attention to detail and the incredibly scary nature of this haunt is AWESOME! It's definitely not for the faint of heart. The basement..oh the basement. That's just plain terrifying! Plus - they have an awesome concession with beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches, baked goods. Definitely worth every penny. Fabulous experience.

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    Posted September 2018

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  • Email Verified Great Scare!

    This is the best haunted house I've been to. As a fan of haunted houses and horror movies I find that's I'm not easily scared. Shocktober definitely proved me wrong. I was terrified! The actors are very professional and wear extremely convincing and realistic makeup as well as scary costumes. The mansion is huge and serves as an eerie setting for the event. I'm certainly going again next year.

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    Posted June 2017

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  • Email Verified Not Handicapped friendly

    Visited Shocktober in Leesburg with my wife tonight. We chose this haunted house based on the fact that this facility deals with Disabled Individuals on a daily basis. Based on this, my wife thought it would be okay for a mildly handicapped individual with limited mobility issues. This was not correct. Three quarters of the house was fine and not a problem. I was laughing myself crazy as my wife screamed her head off. Then all of a sudden there was a point where you had to crawl to get through followed by an area where you have to walk through air bags that are so tight that not even light gets in. Both of these were extreme challenges to my mobility. On top of this, there are areas where they purposely reduce the size of doorways and you have to squeeze through. Even the non-handicapped people were talking about how they didn't "know how they were going to squeeze their fat bellies through." Nowhere that we read on their website stated "not handicapped friendly" though they do warn people who are sick, pregnant or have heart issues that it may not be advisable to enter. By the time we exited, I was in serious pain from having to push through the air bags. When we came out, the staff asked me if I needed water and had me sit down - I looked that bad off. I was also advised that I probably did not want to visit the "Well of Souls". their other attraction. I decided not to visit this attraction but in a way was not happy because I had paid for it. When I asked the staff why they didn't warn me about the house as a handicapped individual, they just stated they thought "your cane was a prop" despite not being in costume or dressed up. I complained to the ticket booth and was asked "Didn't they warn you at the entrance?" I responded that I was only asked to do a 15 second countdown and nobody stated anything to me or my wife despite the cane and the limp. Plus I told them what their staff stated to me. Surprised that a place that deals with Disabled Individuals on a normal basis would not make a "handicapped friendly" haunted house and did not warn about it not being handicapped friendly. Though the staff was friendly and did apologize.

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    Posted October 2016

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    1 out of 4 found this review helpful

  • First Rate Haunted Attraction

    I visit a lot of haunted attractions and these guys have it down. The mansion provides an amazing setting for a haunt (worth the price of admission just to see it). The Shocktober folks then add professional sets, props, detail, actors, lighting, costumes, and make-up. Absolutely worth the trip!!

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    Posted December 2015

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  • Great Haunt!!

    This event is in a HUGE, real, creepy 1870s mansion with a very creepy basement. There are a few pneumatic props but the haunt really shines because of a cast of 50+ actors in excellent make-up and costumes. The haunt has very well done scenes, props, and lighting. This is a non-profit event with proceeds going to a great cause.

    Posted November 2014

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  • We went last year, freaking awesome

    This is one of the best haunted houses I have every been to. Looks like the cross between the psycho house and an insane asylum. Just want until you go into the basement and clown house.

    Posted October 2014

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  • Moderately Scary?

    Moderately scary? Paxton Manor, the Fun House and the Haunted Well of Souls were three of the most terrifying places I have ever been. They were awesome! Hands down the best haunt in the area!

    Posted October 2013

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  • What a great house!!!

    You could not ask for a better place than a real haunted house. They do an awesome job and also have three other attractions as well. Wearing 3D glasses in the clown house made my head explode.

    Posted October 2013

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