Halloween: Haunted houses and walks in the Washington D.C. area

Halloween is right around the corner and haunted houses and fun houses are up and running all over the region. Photo: Haunted house/ AP

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2013 — Halloween is fast approaching and if you are looking for some of the best scares in the region, there are many to choose from. There is something for everyone across the Washington D.C. region from Hollywood caliber presentations to local community haunts designed for the young ones. Look below for some of the best haunted houses and walks Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland has to offer this year.

MARYLAND


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Bennett’s Curse:

Address: 8024 Max Blobs Park Rd, Jessup, Maryland

Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 2. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on Halloween week. Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween 7 – 11 p.m., All other days 7 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $30 general admission (all tickets include free entry to Blob’s Park Bavarian Beer Garden)


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Description: Bennett’s curse has three different haunted houses under one roof. This haunted house uses film quality props, sets, characters and unique themes to keep people coming back year after year. The three different houses are House of the Vampyers, Zombie Kingdom and the Sanctuary of Insanity.  This year, one of the haunts, Zombie Kingdom, will include 3D effects.

Bennett’s Curse is one of the largest in the area. It takes about 40 minutes to complete.

November 1 & 2 are flashlight nights. The travel channel has called Bennett’s Curse, one of the scariest haunted houses in America.

The events take place outdoors so dress accordingly. No open toed shoes or flip flops. Consider boots if it has rained recently.

Not appropriate for young children.

Field of Screams:

Address: 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd, Olney, Maryland

Cost:    Trail of Terror: $20, Saturdays $25

              Paintball Apocolypse - $18

              Lusion Manor - $15

              Hades Hayride - $15

Combination and group discounts available.

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 6:30 – 10 p.m. Sundays and Halloween 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Field of screams is one of the largest and most popular. It covers 40 acres and in addition to the haunted houses, has a carnival feel with bonfires and roasting your own s’mores. There is additional carnival food and music.

There are deep fried Oreos and Twinkies for sale but alcohol is prohibited on the site.

The trail of terror and Lusion Manor take about 35 minutes to walk through and Hades Hayride is another 20 minutes.

Dress appropriately for the outdoor events.

Parental discretion is advised.

Wicked Woods:

Address: 120 Dorsey Road, Glen Bernie, Maryland

Cost:   Asylum - $10

           Circus - $8

           Both - $15

           Wee Maze - $4

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays in October 7:30 – 11 p.m.

This haunted attraction is perfect for those with younger children or those who are not looking for the intense scare provided at some of the more intense activities.

Edals Valley Asylum and Syngaro’s Sinister Circus will scare and entertain guests aged 8 and over and the Wee kids maze will provide an adventure for those under 8 years.

The Asylum takes 20 -30 minutes to complete and the circus about 20 minutes. The wee maze can be finished in as little as 5 minutes but the maze guests are welcome to repeat the trip as many times as they like.

Wicked Woods is a cash only festival and there is hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

Wicked Woods strives for a PG-13 type of event so they ask for no foul language or drugs and alcohol on the premises.

Dress for a walk in the woods.

Kim’s Krypt:

Address: 431 Eastern Blvd. Essex, Maryland

Cost: $15 general admission

          $5 Hearse Rides

Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Halloween until November 3.

Kim’s Krypt is advertised as more than just a haunted house, it is an adventure.

This is an entirely indoor haunted house and show complete with an awning covering the outdoor line.

The tour lasts 25 – 30 minutes and promises to be more than just actors jumping out at the group as they go by. Every year Kim’s Krypt change aspects of the show to make a new experience yet they do keep the more popular elements.

It is intended to be frightening but feel like they cannot put an appropriate age on their show since everyone is different, but parental discretion is recommended.

There is a concessions stand but no alcohol is allowed.

VIRGINIA

Fright Night:

Address: 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, Virginia

Cost: Friday and Saturdays, $20 general admission

Hours: Closes at 10 p.m.

Fright Night is a scary walk through the woods in Ashburn. Once a guest enters the trial it will take about 30 minutes to complete it. The trail is dark and uneven in places and all outside so dress accordingly.

While waiting to enter the trail, there is music, bonfires, concessions, face painters, photo booth and paintball course although not all activities are available every night.

The decision to bring children on the trail is up to the parents but Fright Night recommends the trail for those 12 years old and older.

Fright Night is created by the youth ministry of the community church and the proceeds will go to the youth outreach but do not let the church association fool you, this is an exciting and scary experience.

Shocktober:

Address: 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA

Cost: Paxton Manor - $20

         Funhouse - $5

         “Haunted Well of Souls” - $5

Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 – 10 p.m.

There are three separate haunts at Shocktober and all of them take place indoors.

Shocktober says that if the guests do not touch any of the ghouls then none of the ghouls will touch the guests. All of the events are PG-13 rated events but they are designed to be extremely scary. If someone is attending but does not want such an intense experience they can purchase a glow in the dark necklace for $5 and the wearer will not be targeted by the ghouls or zombies.

There are also emergency exits along the haunts in case anyone becomes too scared to continue, but there are no refunds or re-entries.

Each separate haunt will take about 20 – 25 minutes to complete.

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, Shocktober-fest will take place and during that festival beer will be served. It is the only time that alcohol will be permitted.

The Death Trail:

Address: 16120 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, Virginia

Cost: $10 per person, not recommended for children

Hours: October 25, 26, 27, 31 November 1 and 2. Fridays and Saturdays 7 – 11 p.m. Sunday and Thursday 7 – 10 p.m.

The Death Trail uses the Halloween season to attract visitors but does not celebrate Halloween. There is no emphasis of the celebration on the trail or in the activities.

The death trail is a presentation of the salvation message of Jesus Christ. The death trail shows hell and death with sin and the judgment after death.

They understand that some people take issue with the way they chose to deliver this style and method of evangelism but ask that their goal is to attract those who might never attend services but will come to an understanding of eternity through this method.

The Devil’s Den:

Address: 1900 Valley Ave, Winchester, VA

Cost: $15 general admission

Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Halloween week. 7 – 11 p.m.

The Devil’s Den is a 6,000 square foot attraction that is dedicated to scaring everyone from children to adults. They use Hollywood quality sets and professionally trained actors to provide a first class scare. The attraction is based on the tragic events that took place in Winchester during the 1970s.

The Devil’s Den recommends not bringing children under the age of 12 because it is an “ultra intense” attraction that might be too frightful for children under the age of 12.

Bradley Farms Haunted House:

Address: 13159 New Parkland Dr, Herndon, VA

Cost: $5            

Hours: October 25, 6 – 10 p.m.

           October 26, 1 – 5 (kids haunt)

                               6 – 10 p.m.

There are no gross out gory scares here so it is a good haunt for families with smaller children. There is even a special, daytime kid haunting.

The haunted house is indoors but all of the other activities take place outside.

There will be a magician, face painting and trick or treating inside the haunted house for the younger children where the monsters will hand out candy.

“Monster repelling” bracelets can be purchased for the little ones.

All proceeds go to the Reston-Herndon Fish.

 


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