Shocktober: Closed for the 2018 season, join us for our 2019 Paranormal Investigations. Buy your tickets now!

Shocktober 2018- Closed for the 2018 season

Welcome to Shocktober’s Paxton Manor and its basement, Carnival of Souls. Paxton Manor is Northern Virginia’s only REAL Haunted House and the best destination for Halloween entertainment in Leesburg, Virginia and the DC area. Carnival of Souls, the basement of Paxton Manor, an attraction full of creepy clowns and carnival carnage. Our haunted attractions are not for the faint of heart, this annual event is PG-13 Scary Fun. The haunt features more than 100 cast and crew to create the ultimate haunted house experience.

Whether you’re looking for fun and unique weekend entertainment or are hunting for just the right Halloween attraction, you won’t want to miss this haunted house. Are you brave enough to face the horrors around every corner of Paxton Manor’s Haunted Mansion?

Dates: Closed for the 2019 season Join us for our 2019 Paranormal Investigations.  Buy your tickets now!

Location: 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Before entering Shocktober, ALL MUST SIGN A WAIVER.  SHOCKTOBER involves participating in various physical activities, including but not limited to climbing steps, crawling, or squeezing through tight spaces WITH LITTLE TO NO LIGHTING. You can print and sign your waiver beforehand HERE (please bring to  Shocktober) or sign onsite. After signing the waiver, we will stamp your hand and then you may proceed to the Ticket Office to exchange your ticket for a wristband. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Shocktober 2018 Ticket Prices


Not for the faint of heart, Shocktober Haunt Pass includes two PG-13 attractions: Paxton Manor (Haunted House) and Carnival of Souls (the Basement of Paxton Manor).




R.I.P. (Really Important People) Fast Passes allows ticket holders access to a special designated R.I.P. line, minimizing the wait time.Not for the faint of heart, R.I.P Fast Pass includes two PG-13 attractions: Paxton Manor (Haunted House) and Carnival of Souls (the Basement of Paxton Manor).



Shocktober Haunt SEASON R.I.P. Pass

Shocktober Haunt SEASON R.I.P. Pass allows you UNLIMITED entries to the Shocktober Haunt all 15 nights of the 2018 Season!*A valid ID must be presented every time the SEASON Pass is used.

Not for the faint of heart, Shocktober Haunt SEASON R.I.P. Pass includes UNLIMITED access to two PG-13 attractions: Paxton Manor (Haunted House) and Carnival of Souls (the Basement of Paxton Manor).


Group Rate (ONLINE ONLY)

this discounted option is for groups of 10 or more!



This year, Shocktober attendees can enjoy a mini brewery tour of Loudoun County and experience Shocktober all in one night! We’ve partnered with Reston Limousine, where passengers ride in a limo or van to Old Ox Brewery, Delirium Café, and Shocktober.

Tickets include:

– A 6 hour van or limo ride to the breweries and Shocktober
– A R.I.P. (Really Important People) Shocktober pass that allows ticket holders access to a special designated R.I.P. lines, minimizing the wait time
-Flight of beer at both Old Ox Brewery and Delirium Café for each passenger
-A Shocktober t-shirt for each passenger

$140/person – Van

$199/person – Limo


All Escape Paxton tickets must be purchased with a Shocktober ticket. Buy your tickets here.  Escape Room tickets can be bought on site, if available. 

Located in the haunted manor, Shocktober attendees can race against the clock in “Escape Paxton,” our five minute escape room of sheer confusion. Open only during Shocktober, Escape Paxton can be booked online only for up to six people at $5 per person.

*You must arrive to the escape room 5 minutes before your time slot. It is advised you complete your escape room before walking through the manor*


Please note: Tickets (cash sales and redemption of online purchases) will be sold until 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 9:00pm on Sundays—attractions close with last ticket holders. We recommend you arrive as early as possible to avoid long lines.

Paxton Manor

Over the years, many strange and horrific events have taken place in the rooms of the Paxton Manor and beneath its foundation among the large array of caverns, and frigid underground lake.  For over 100 years The Carvers have lived below the Paxton Manor, deep in the caverns, this year they have decided that they want to return to Paxton Manor and have taken it over!

Shocktober's Haunted Paxton Manor

Photo Credit: Andre Chung of The Washington Post

Carnival of Souls

The basement of Paxton Manor, formerly, the “Haunted Well of Souls,” is now called, “Carnival of Souls”. The Carver Carnival Family has come back to town to terrorize anyone willing to enter the basement. Think crazed killer clowns and rancid cotton candy in twisted underground carnival carnage.

Carnival of Souls

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