Shocktober debuts this Friday in Leesburg

Shocktober, the award-winning annual haunted house in Loudoun County will open its 11th season this coming Friday, October 1. The walk-thru thrill fest is set in an actual 150-year-old mansion — Carlheim Manor — in Leesburg.

It’s been named one of the Top 5 scariest haunted houses in the country by Travel + Leisure Magazine and Visit Loudoun, the local tourism organization, has called it the event of the year.

The event benefits The ARC of Loudoun, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people with disabilities. Since the debut of Shocktober in 2010, it has raised $3.5 million for The ARC of Loudoun.

If getting scared witless is your idea of fun, you can check out all the details at the Shocktober website here. The frights are considered PG-13, so take that under advisement. The Burn has toured Shocktober in the past and we find that if you keep your eyes closed the whole time, it’s really not that scary.