As each night falls at the end of the harvest season, a hazy mist fills the air, bringing with it the glowing lights of a mysterious carnival that beckons the innocent: “Join us…” The locals know how to stay away. away, as the legends tell of an enigmatic figure who dwells inside, known only as “Twitchy.” Will you heed their warning, or is the allure of carnival too enticing…?
With this introduction, The Workhouse Haunt returns this fall with “The Collection,” an outdoor haunted attraction that opens on October 3 and runs through Halloween.
The Haunt takes place at the Workhouse Arts Center, a non-profit community arts center in Lorton.
The Haunt has become a Northern Virginia tradition and serves as an extension of the Workhouse Performing Arts program, allowing local youth to practice their acting skills, directing and showcasing their theatrical talents.
This year’s Workhouse Haunt immerses guests in a highly themed visiting experience, as spooky characters deliver contactless fears in multiple scenes, the center said in a press release. Guests will travel in small groups for a spooky 30-minute experience that takes them past the site’s abandoned historic buildings and into the dark woods, where they encounter terrifying characters and sites.
All staff, actors, stage technicians, other contractors and volunteers associated with this year’s Workhouse Haunt production will either need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to weekly performances. -end. Guests will be asked to wear a mask on campus.
“It was important for us to create an experience that was both highly entertaining and safe for all attendees and attendees,” said Leon Scioscia, President and CEO of the Workhouse Arts Center. “The overall goal of Workhouse is to provide a safe and fun environment for everyone. “
Located on the grounds of the former District of Columbia Correctional Facility, the Workhouse Campus provides an additional eerie setting for this Halloween attraction.
“As the performing arts environment returns to our region and country, the Workhouse is truly happy to provide an artistic outlet for our young actors, set designers, stage technicians and volunteers to safely participate in the creation. of this incredible production. Said Joseph Wallen, director of performing arts at Workhouse.
The event is recommended for people 13 years of age and over. Since the outdoor event features both paved and unpaved surfaces, guests are requested to wear appropriate footwear. Tickets are sold by scheduled entry and advance purchase is recommended. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the Haunt Bar, near the campus quad check-in area.
Caroline Blanco, chair of the Workhouse board of directors and co-chair of the Workhouse Haunt design team, said the outdoor walk setting will allow visitors to enjoy the Halloween season despite COVID-19. “Recognizing the challenges presented by the pandemic, we have created a haunted attraction that is not only safe, but also – terrifying. “