Shocktober, the annual fright fest at The Arc of Loudoun in Leesburg, is going virtual this year, organizers announced Tuesday.
The virtual event will include livestreaming celebrity appearances, online “haunt classes” and a “Why We Shock” fundraising campaign, among other offerings.
“The Arc of Loudoun’s vision is to provide a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities, and we rely on the income that Shocktober generates each year to bring that vision to life — so the thought of having to cancel was truly scary,” Lisa Kimball, CEO of The Arc of Loudoun, said in a prepared statement. “With these virtual options, our community, as well as Shock fans around the world, will still experience the thrill of Shocktober while supporting our life-transforming work.”
Founded in 1967, The Arc of Loudoun advocates for, educates and supports people with disabilities and their families. The nonprofit serves more than 6,000 people a year. Shocktober is its large, annual fundraising event.
For 2020, in partnership with VIDI SPACE, a streaming platform, Shocktober will air celebrity guest “Scarethrough” experiences on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., plus a bonus episode, “Ghost Hunt at Carlheim Manor.” Shocktober fans are encouraged to host small, private Shocktober Haunt Parties — “Mask-erades” in true 2020 fashion — and experience Shocktober from the safety of their homes. Ticket prices start at $10.
Actor Nikki Blonsky of “Hairspray” and producer Nick Groff of “Paranormal Lockdown” plan to make appearances. Said Blonsky, “I am so excited to be a part of Shocktober this year. It’s amazing how, even during the pandemic, we are able to pivot and bring this experience home for everyone and keep the fundraising going. Combining horror with charity is right up my alley!”
Fans who want a deeper dive into the world of Shocktober can take virtual Shocktober Haunt Classes to learn how to bring the haunt experience home. The classes will be taught by Shocktober’s haunt experts and demonstrate how to transform yourself into a horror character, distress costumes, create haunt décor, mix monster cocktails and cook up killer appetizers.
Arc officials ask the community to join the “Why We Shock” fundraising campaign for a chance to win prizes and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.
Since its inception in 2010, Shocktober, a PG-13 experience through a four-story, 150-year-old mansion and its basement, has generated more than $3.5 million in revenue for The Arc of Loudoun.
More information and tickets are available at Shocktober.org.