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Due to necessary site work and paving projects on campus, this Special Preview Night has been postponed to Wednesday October 4, 2023. Current ticketholders have been notified by email. Any concerns or questions, please write [email protected]

‘Trick’ or ‘Treat’ the choice is yours…Are you game enough to play?

The Workhouse Arts Center celebrates our 10th annual Haunted Trail by bringing scares and laughs to the Halloween season. The Haunted Trail: Game Over immerses guests through a highly themed walk-through experience, as creepy characters deliver contactless scares in multiple scenes. Guests will travel in small groups via a timed entry for a frightening experience that brings them next to abandoned, historic buildings where they will encounter terrifying characters and sights that are not for the faint of heart.

Haunted Trail Schedule:

Wednesday October 4, 2023

This is a special sneak-preview night with complimentary and discounted tickets for first responders, veterans, active military, teachers, and healthcare workers. See the ticketing page for full details and pricing.

Gates open 6:30 pm, the first group will be dispatched to the trail at 7 pm, last group will be dispatched by 9 pm

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning October 6, 2023

Gates open at 6:30 pm, first group dispatched to trail at 7 pm

On Fridays and Saturdays, final groups will be dispatched by 10:30 pm 

On Sundays, final groups will be dispatched by 9:30 pm

*please note that Sunday October 15, 2023 will include some dedicated Sensory Friendly Haunted Trail time slots.

Monday October 30, 2023

Gates open at 6 pm, first group dispatched to trail at 6:30 pm

Final groups will be dispatched by 8:30 pm

Tuesday October 31, 2023

Gates open at 6 pm, first group dispatched to trail at 6:30 pm

Final groups will be dispatched by 8:30 pm

The Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to partner with the Lorton Community Action Center throughout October to collect food and hygiene products for those in need within the Lorton community. LCAC will be accepting non-perishable food items and is especially in need of cereal (hot or cold), pasta and pasta sauce, and individual-sized kids' snacks. These donations support LCAC’s mission of enhancing the quality of life of residents of Southeast Fairfax County by providing food, basic needs, and self-sufficiency programs. A designated donation drop area will be located in the Rizer Pavilion on quad, near the bar service area during operational hours of the Haunted Trail.


Q: What is the ticket price of the Workhouse Haunt?

Tickets are priced from $30 per person. Ticket prices for this event may rise with demand, and at-gate prices will be higher on premium nights, please see ticketing page for full details. During the month of October, every Friday, Saturday, and Halloween night, live bands will perform in the Rizer Pavilion near the Haunt Bar, where guests may purchase beverages and snacks. The concerts are free-of-charge and are open to the public, even if you are not purchasing a ticket for the Haunted Trail.

Q: I've heard that there are special ticketing offers for Saturday September 30 Preview Night. How do I learn more?

Yes! Exclusively on September 30, to honor our First Responders, Veterans, Active Military, Teachers, and Health-Care Workers, we are offering them one free admission when presenting a valid I.D. at the Ticket Booth. Qualified recipients of this free admission offer will still need to register online in advance for a ticketed time entry, IDs will be validated at check-in.

Q: What is the schedule of Workhouse Haunt?

Workhouse Haunt: Game Over will run on weekends from October 6 – October 31, 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays hours are 7:00 – 11:00 pm and Sundays from 7-10pm. The Workhouse Haunt will also perform on Monday October 31 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Please note that onsite ticket and concessions sales will end 30 minutes prior to closing time for each night. Please see the ticketing page for the most up-to-date schedule.

Q: How do I buy tickets?

Tickets are being sold online in advance exclusively on this site. Tickets are sold via timed-entry. Please bring a printed copy of your confirmation page– or have it available to show on your mobile device. Historically, many nights of this popular attraction have reached sold out status, and advanced purchase is highly encouraged.

Q: Are you offering discounted group ticket sales?

Yes! Group discounts are available when tickets are purchased in the same transaction, and discounts will be automatically applied to your online cart. Groups of 10 or more will automatically receive a 10% discount, groups of 25 or more will automatically receive a 15% discount, and groups of 50 or more will automatically receive a 20% discount. If you need assistance purchasing tickets for groups, please contact [email protected] Please note that we are staggering dispatch timing to enter the attraction, and larger groups may be broken into smaller groups and dispatched separately for you to best enjoy the attraction as it is designed. Please contact us with any questions regarding larger groups.

Q: How does timing work?

All tickets will be sold with a timed-entry in 15 minute increments. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your selected entry time to check-in and receive your dispatch group number. While waiting, there will be concessions and beverages available for sale at the Haunt Bar.

Q: What happens if there’s bad weather?

If there is a light/mild rain, this event will likely still operate. If there is heavy rain or severe weather, it may not run (or may have partial hours). Please watch our Facebook page or check the Workhouse website for any inclement weather updates. If the weather causes a full cancellation, you will be contacted via email for options for your tickets.

Q: What is the refund policy?

This fundraising event is following a no-refund policy. If you are unable to attend, you may:

Gift your ticket to a friend/neighbor to use

Convert the cost of your ticket to a tax-deductible donation

If the Workhouse cancels an evening of the event for any reason, you will be contacted within 48 hours about refund or re-schedule options.

Q: What if I arrive late on the night of my reservation? Can I go through at a later time?

Our team will do our best to accommodate your ticket for a later slot that same night, but cannot guarantee entry if we are sold to capacity or if the timeline is running slower than anticipated. If you are only a few minutes late, the best advice would be to check-in as soon as you arrive.

Q: Is this a walk-through or ride-through?

This is an outdoor walk-through attraction over a variety of terrain (e.g., paved surfaces, grassy areas, and mulched pathways), comfortable shoes are highly recommended. The attraction is wheelchair accessible.

Q: Are restrooms available and campus buildings open?

Campus buildings will be closed during this event. Portable rest-rooms are located in the North parking lot.

Q: Will there be food and drinks?

The Workhouse Haunt Bar will feature three themed specialty cocktails and a selection of beer, wine, snacks, and soft drinks. The food truck schedule will be posted on our ticketing page as vendors are confirmed. No outside food or drink are permitted at the event.

Q: Can I walk around campus while I’m waiting?

In order to keep the attraction spoiler-free, guests will be restricted from accessing some areas of the campus.

Q: Can we arrive in costume to join in the fun?

For safety reasons, we do not allow guests to wear costumes, scary make-up or full-face masks when experiencing the attraction. While medical-style masks that cover nose and mouth are no longer a requirement, guests that prefer to wear this style of mask at events will be permitted to do so.

Q: Is this appropriate for kids?

While you will know your children best, this experience is not recommended for youth under the age of 13.

Q: Are the performers allowed to touch me? Am I allowed to touch them?

No and no.

Q: May I bring my dog to the Haunted Trail?

Due to the unique nature of this event, pets are not permitted on campus during event hours for their own safety and comfort. The Rizer Pavilion can get quite loud, and there are unexpected scares everywhere on campus during event nights. Service dogs are welcome on campus at any time, of course.

Q: I have other questions

For any questions not answered here please email: [email protected]

Q: I’d like to be involved with this! What do I need to do?

For both paid and volunteer opportunities for Stage Technician, Scare Actor, and Support roles, please contact: [email protected]

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact: [email protected]

Venue Information

Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

Organizer Information

Workhouse Arts Center

9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079
+1 (703) 584-2900

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