It’s getting dark earlier and the evening air is taking on the chill of autumn. Pumpkins and cornstalks decorate doorsteps, noting the harvest season and the arrival of Halloween. But if jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, and hay bales transformed into spiders don’t offer the thrills and chills you’re seeking this season, Loudoun has a few Halloween experiences bound to get your heart pounding! So for you horror movie buffs and thrill seekers, here are a few Halloween attractions rated PG-13. Enter if you dare! Note: Many of these sites offer family-friendly attractions as well. Check out their website for details.

Halloween Woods An evening stroll through the dark woods is eerie any time of the year. An evening stroll through the Halloween Woods at Algonkian Park is downright frightful! According to legend, these woods were once home to a remote boarding school run by a former clown turned caretaker who secretly harbored a hatred of children. Dismissed from his job the disgruntled caretaker continues to roam the woods, seeking to punish anyone who dares to visit after dark! Open weekends through November 2nd.

Paxton Manor, home of Shocktober.

Paxton Manor, home of Shocktober.

Shocktober Built in the 1800s, Paxton Manor is a foreboding Victorian mansion filled with large rooms and dark hallways – a naturally eerie setting that becomes terrifying every October as it is transformed for Shocktober. Explore the dark halls and descend into the basement as you visit each of Paxton Manor’s Shocktober attractions including the not-so-fun Fun House and the dark descent of The Last Ride.  Open Fridays through Sundays throughout October and the first weekend of November.

Terrorville Do you ever find yourself yelling at horror movie characters, directing them to the most obvious course of action? “Run away!” “Don’t go in there!”  Well here’s your chance to be part of the action. Test your skills when Pev’s Paintball is transformed into Terrorville, “the biggest Halloween theme park in Northern Virginia”. From their Zombie Paintball Shootout to the Walk of Terror through the woods to the Zombie Rumble, here’s your chance to prove you’ve got what it takes to survive a scene straight from the horror movies! Open Saturdays and Sundays throughout October.