Workhouse Arts Center Haunt 2020 – Nightmare Alley

Get ready for DRIVE-THRU TERROR!!

Friday, October 2 – Sunday, November 1

Fridays and Saturdays will run from 7-11pm each weekend in October, and Sundays will run from 7-10pm. 

Our Haunt 2020, “Nightmare Alley,” is Northern Virginia’s first-ever Haunted Drive-Thru! A haunted attraction is, itself, a long-standing tradition offered by the Workhouse, which serves not only as entertainment, but also as an extension of the Workhouse Performing Arts program, allowing local youth to practice their set production and theatrical skills.

“Nightmare Alley” is the first immersive, completely contactless drive-thru Halloween experience in the region. Zombies, swamp creatures, creepy clowns and scary dolls are among 13 different scary scenes taking up residence at the Workhouse campus during the month of October. These new inhabitants will scare and entertain visitors experiencing the attraction from the safety of their cars. And our campus provides a unique and extra eerie setting for this Halloween attraction.

Please note: Vehicles must be no taller than 6’4 and windows must be closed


Special Promo: First Responders and Teachers Night!

As a special thank you to members of the military, first responders, and teachers, we are offering a 25% discount on Haunt 2020 tickets, applicable to all time slots Sunday, October 25.

The promo code is valid for:

  • military
  • first responders (police, EMT, firefighters)
  • teachers

Use the code FUNFEAR25 at checkout and bring a valid ID to show at the gate to use this discount!

Group Vehicle Discounts Now Available!

Call 703-584-2955 or email to receive the following discounts on group vehicle tickets:

15 cars – 5%

20 cars – 10%

30 cars – 15%

Kiddie Trick or Treat Drive-Thru Halloween Event

Celebrate Halloween with the Workhouse! Our first-ever Kiddie Trick or Treat Drive-Thru event will be held October 30 and 31 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This event will allow local children to enjoy the holiday in a safe and socially distant way. Put on your favorite family-friendly costume and drive through ten different Halloween scenes to experience trick or treating like never before!

Sign up to volunteer here:

Click here for the tech/actor application.

Click here for the sponsorship opportunities flyer or please contact:

Below are our sponsor opportunities and FAQs.

Tickets for Haunt 2020 – SOLD OUT!

Friday, October 30 – SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 31 – SOLD OUT

Sunday, November 1 – SOLD OUT

Purchase Tickets for Kiddie Trick or Treat Drive-Thru

Friday, October 30

Saturday, October 31


Click here to read our Campus Visitor and Event Policy.

All Workhouse staff and volunteers will be wearing masks during the event.


Estimated Onsite Views – 12,000 people over 13 nights; Overall marketing reach – 100,000

Download the flyer here or contact

Sponsorship Levels

The Titan of Terror (Main Sponsor): $20,000

This Sponsorship must be secured By August 30th

  • Monstrous Sponsor of Haunt 2020
  • 1 Car Pass per Night (13 nights, Passes are transferable)
  • Company Name and Logo placement at Event Entrance
  • Company Name and Logo placement on all event collateral (including Social Media platforms)
  • Specialized Social Media shout-outs
  • Main Sponsor credit in all press mentions

The Undead (Two Zombie Sponsors):

  • 1 Car Pass per weekend (5 Weekends, Passes are transferable)
  • Company Names and Logos at Event Exit
  • Company Name and Logo placement on all event collateral (including Social Media platforms)

Swamp Things (13 Beastly Sponsors):

  • 3 Car Passes in total (Worth $180, Passes are transferable)
  • Company Name and Logo placed before one of 13 scare scenes
  • Company Name and Logo placement on all event collateral (including Social Media platforms)

Eek! What Is That Thing? (20 Horrifying Sponsors):

  • 1 Car Pass (Worth $60, is transferable)
  • Company Name and Logo placement on all event collateral (including Social Media platforms)


The Undead Sponsors

Swamp Things Sponsors

Woodlawn Press Winery

G34.3 Brewing Company
Anonymous Sponsor

Eek! What Is That Thing?! Sponsors

The Bee Store


Download the tech/actor application where you may opt to volunteer.


Q: What is the ticket price of Nightmare Alley?

Starting at $60 per vehicle (not per person). Ticket prices will increase after October 15, 2020.

Q: What is the schedule of Nightmare Alley?

Nightmare Alley will run on weekends from October 2 – November 1, 2020. Fridays and Saturdays hours are 7:00 – 11:00 pm and Sundays from 7-10pm.

Q: Are any kind of vehicles permitted?

Cars, SUV’s and trucks (with a maximum clearance of 6.4’ and a width of no more than 8’) are permitted. Buses, RVs, limousines and other over-sized vehicles are not permitted into this event. No bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds or open vehicles. Vehicle sunroofs must remain closed.

Q: How do I buy tickets?

Tickets are being sold in advance online here. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Tickets are sold via timed-entry. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket – or have it available to show on a mobile device.

Q: Are you offering group ticket sales? 

Yes! Please contact to inquire about group ticket sales.

Q: How does timing work?

All tickets will be sold with a timed-entry. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your selected entry time to check-in and receive further instructions. You may arrive up to 45 minutes early if you plan to visit one of our food trucks, but please do not arrive more than 45 minutes early.

Please note the following:

  • Vehicles are dispatched one at a time, no exceptions
  • Vehicles that wish to be sequential should arrive together
  • Larger groups will not be in same time slot

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 for any inclement weather updates.

Q: Is this safe with cars moving? 

Yes! Vehicles will be staged, parking staff will dispatch vehicles one at a time, vehicles will be turned off before scary scenes begin, and scare-actors will not be deployed near moving vehicles.

Q: Are restrooms available and campus buildings open? 

All buildings (and restrooms) will be closed during this event.

Q: Will there be food and drinks? 

Food trucks will be on hand each night to offer à la carte food and soft drinks for purchase. Due to the ‘driving’ nature of this event, it will be an alcohol-free event. Bringing snacks onto campus is OK, but bringing alcohol violates ABC laws.

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

The only place you are permitted to be outside of your vehicle is in the food truck zone. For the safety and comfort of all guests attending, masks covering nose and mouth must be worn when out of your vehicle.

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: I have other questions 

For any questions not answered here please email:

Q: I’m interested in being a sponsor. What do I need to do?

That’s great! Contact

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