Fall in Northern Virginia is a season full of festivals, apple picking and, of course, haunted attractions that thrill-seekers can’t get enough of. One of the most popular in the region? Workhouse Art Center’s Haunted Trail, which typically brings thousands of individuals to the 55-acre grounds of the former DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory for a can’t-miss spooky affair, all curated by local actors, performers and designers alike.
But, like many nonprofits and locally owned organizations across the globe, Lorton-based Workhouse Arts Center has had to make new arrangements for the 2020 spooky season as the coronavirus continues to spread.
Enter Nightmare Prison: Northern Virginia first-ever haunted drive-thru experience. The affair will bring zombies, creepy clowns, dolls, prisoners and various other frightening inhabitants to the grounds to entertain visitors from a safe, contact-free distance. All visitors who dare to attend this October will remain in their cars and drive through the former correctional facility, taking in the eerie sight.
“At a time when performing arts is on hold in the nation, the Workhouse is truly pleased to provide an artistic outlet for our young actors, set designers, stage managers and volunteers alike to participate safely in creating this incredible production,” said Director of Performing Arts at the Workhouse Joseph Wallen of Nightmare Prison in a recent press release.
The upcoming event will take place for just 13 nights in October, starting Friday, Oct. 2 and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 31, with tickets going on sale in late August.
If you want to go the extra mile and take part in the affair yourself, Workhouse is currently accepting volunteers and will soon be announcing auditions for scare actors in the coming weeks.
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