If you love being scared, you’ll want to mark your calendar for these five haunts around Virginia. From haunted hayrides to corn mazes and haunted houses, you’ll want to bring a friend or two along for strength in numbers during these eerie, creepy, and fun houses and trails. Happy Halloween!
The Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear is a terrifyingly fun experience with lots to do — instead of a corn maze, there’s a corn nightmare. They take their haunted hayride to the next level: it’s called a “Dark Side Hayride” with a Lost Circus theme. The “abandoned circus” was left in the 1900s and comes to life when living humans approach. All that scariness makes you hungry and Fields of Fear doesn’t disappoint. They’ve got all your favorite fall foods like kettle corn, apple cider donuts, and cinnamon roasted almonds. 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville
After a three-year hiatus due to COVID, the Clifton Haunted Trail is back and better than ever. On Saturday, October 29, 7-10 p.m, haunt seekers will be able to explore the haunted woods — which is set to be full of jump scares and petrifying costumes and perfect for anyone who wants to get into the Halloween spirit. The reopened trail is guaranteed to be one of the spookiest yet. Clifton Town 8-Acre Park, Clifton
One of the top-rated haunts in Virginia, High Hill Farm’s “Haunted Nightmares” serves up some hair-raising scares. In addition to the usual corn maze and hayrides, there is a haunted house on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. with a less intense show (and a reduced price!) for younger ages. Once the clock strikes 6 p.m., the haunted house is startling and spine-chilling; perfect for those who love to be spooked. Also at High Hill Farm are quick-escape rooms with just 15 minutes to solve how to get out. These family-friendly rooms are not as scary, as no actors are involved. 933 Barley Ln., Winchester
The premise of Scream at Graydon Manor is pretty darn frightening: to escape the horrors of a world ravaged by a toxic post-apocalyptic wasteland, humanity sought safety underground. One of the underground facilities lost contact and something “disastrous” occurred. Attendees are asked to venture into the world of the lost facility and discover the mystery of what happened. You are warned, though — once you’re inside, no one can hear you scream! 40834 Graydon Manor Ln., Leesburg
Chosen as 2018’s No. 1 must-see haunt in Virginia on thescarefactor.com, Madhaunter’s Madhouse plays into lots of fun pop culture fears like 2017’s It (You’ll float too!) and 2008’s The Dark Knight (Joker anyone?). The haunted attraction is in Purcellville and open on Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m., in October, as well as Oct. 23, 30, and 31, 7-10 p.m. 37658 Legard Farm Rd., Purcellville
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