Maneuver through these haunted houses and fields

In these Halloween themed walk-throughs, fear will surely follow.

haunted house
Photo courtesy of Shocktober

Ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? While costumed actors look on, try to keep your cool as you make your way through these Northern Virginia venues.

Cox Farms Fields of Fear
Sept. 22-Nov. 4, 7:30-11 p.m.
Featuring the introduction of Foamhenge (recently relocated from Natural Bridge), a zombie zoo, a bonfire, dance party, a “Cornightmare” cornfield filled with clowns and a lost circus-themed hayride, the Fields of Fear are a destination for teens and adults in search of a night of fright. This event is recommended for guests ages 12 and up. // Cox Farms: 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville

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Shocktober
Sept. 29-Oct. 29: Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m., Sundays 7-9 p.m. 
Self-guided tours through this haunted Leesburg mansion benefit the Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, which supports people with disabilities throughout the county. For those afraid of getting overly scared, “no-scare” glow necklaces can be purchased. This event is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. // Paxton Manor: 601 Catoctin Cir NE, Leesburg

Spirits of Rippon Lodge
Oct. 20-21, 7-9 p.m.
Tiptoe through this large 18th-century home and its immediate vicinity by candlelight as you meet the ghosts of folks who once lived there. Bring a flashlight along so you don’t miss any sightings. // Rippon Lodge: 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge

Zombie Escape at the Historic Carlyle House
Oct. 28, 6:30-10 p.m.
This new Alexandria attraction melds escape room with haunted house. Visitors who manage to escape the haunted garden without getting “infected by zombies” receive a survival kit. The front yard will also be home to ghost storytelling and cupcake consumption. his event is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. // Carlyle House Historic Park: 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria 

scary clown
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Spirits of Manassas
Oct. 28, 7-8 p.m.
For nearly 15 years, the Manassas Museum has hosted this tour, which includes legends about frightening incidents at the 100-plus-year-old train depot building and Civil War stories. Visitors may meet some historical figures as they venture through town. // Manassas Museum: 9101 Prince William St., Manassas

Hospital Horrors
Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m.
This circa-1832 home once served as a hospital for wounded Confederates. For one night only, creep back in time as the building transforms into a Civil War-era hospital where you can learn the trials of soldiers and others who suffered through their stay. This event is recommended for guests ages 10 and up. // Ben Lomond Historic Site: 10321 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas 

(October 2017)

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