Thrill-seekers looking for some truly unforgettable scare your pants off sites will find a variety of them at these haunts in Northern Virginia.
Located just outside of Washington D.C., this area is rich in American history and there is no doubt some of it still lives on long after the Civil War battles have ended and the smoke has cleared.
Here are just a few of the scare your pants off haunts Northern Virginia visitors can visit…if they dare.
4 Scare Your Pants Off Haunts in Northern Virginia
The Workhouse Arts Center Haunted Trail – Fairfax County, VA
Screams will echo across the 55-acre historic Workhouse campus, built on the grounds of the abandoned and notorious DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory (now an exquisite working arts studio).
Chosen as 2018’s “#1 Must-See Haunt” in Virginia by TheScareFactor.com, the Workhouse Arts Center’s haunted trail was fully redesigned for 2019 featuring real-life prison cells, spookier scenes and stories, and creepy characters designed to bring brave attendees’ darkest fears to life.
The new trail will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout October and on Halloween night.
Before you head into the trail, spend time in the Historic Ballfield for classic Halloween movies and drinks at the ghostly bar.
Shocktober – Loudoun County, VA
Northern Virginia’s only REAL Haunted House is not for the faint of heart.
Built in the 1800s, the foreboding mansion on Paxton Campus in Leesburg features more than 100 cast and crew to create the ultimate haunted house experience.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Shocktober also raises money for the Arc of Loudoun while spooking thousands of visitors annually.
Those looking to make a weekend out of it can book a special package at The National as well as visit other places along the “Trail of Terror” including local wineries, breweries and restaurants.
The Legend of the Female Stranger at Gadsby’s Tavern – Alexandria, VA
Founded in 1749, Alexandria has hundreds of years’ worth of ghost stories.
Taking a ghost tour is one of the most popular evening activities as you follow a costumed tour guide by lantern light down historic streets and cobblestone alleys.
The most famous ghost story dates back to 1816 and is known as the “legend of the female stranger.”
Alexandria hosts special events every year in honor of this ghost story, including one at the very site where she died and still haunts.
Find a complete list of Halloween events at the above link.
Wine Guzzling Ghost at The Winery at La Grange – Prince William County, VA
The Winery at La Grange is a scenic 22-acre farm vineyard that is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon sipping wine.
Founded by a group of wine enthusiasts in 2005, the property now boasts eight acres of planted vines and a fully renovated manor house dating back to 1790, now used as their Tasting Room.
The vineyard is located just 40 miles southwest of Washington D.C. in Haymarket, Virginia. It sits at an elevation of about 600 feet, right at the foothills of Bull Run Mountain.
The house and property are rich with history and folklore. Many visitors share their stories of experiences with the ghosts that live here.
Most of the encounters entail the piano in the parlor playing on its own, the ghost of a young girl who inhabits one of the upstairs rooms as well as the spirit of Benoni who guided the homes restoration project in the 1800’s.
Benoni E. Harrison purchased the La Grange estate in 1837 and lived here until he died in 1869. Rumor has it that Benoni still haunts the manor house to this day.
You will find a glass of red wine on the mantel in the Tasting Room, which is set out for his ghost each day to ensure the staff doesn’t encounter any mysterious phenomena while open to the public.
Although some believe the Manor House to be haunted, do not let that deter you from stopping by to experience the unique hand-crafted Virginia wine you can find here.
More spooky haunted events and places can be found at NorthernVA.org
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