The Workhouse Haunt has become a long-standing Northern Virginia tradition, which serves not only as entertainment, but also as an extension of the Workhouse Performing Arts Program, allowing local youth to practice their acting skills, set production and overall theatrical skills.
Sunday, October 3 – Saturday, November 6, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays will run from 7-11pm and Sundays will run from 7-10pm
Tickets are available for timed entry to allow for small groups to enter the attraction in a COVID-safe manner and to help reduce the waiting time before guests experience “The Collection.”
This year’s Workhouse Haunt immerses guests through a highly-themed walk-through experience, as creepy characters deliver contactless scares in multiple scenes. Guests will travel in small groups for a frightening 30 minute experience that brings them next to the site’s abandoned, historic buildings and into the dark woods where they will encounter terrifying characters and sights that are not for the faint of heart.
Set on the grounds of the former District of Columbia’s Correctional Facility, the Workhouse campus provides a unique and extra eerie setting for this unusual Halloween attraction. Please note that this outdoor route includes paved and unpaved surfaces, so guests are cautioned to wear appropriate footwear. Tickets are being sold by timed entry, and advance purchase is highly recommended to reserve your time slot. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the Haunt Bar, located near the check-in area in the campus quad.
The 2021 Workhouse Haunt (recommended for guests 13 years of age and older) will take place on 15 nights, beginning on Sunday, October 3rd at 7pm. Timed entry tickets are now available and must be purchased online (pricing varies upon the night). On opening night (October 3rd), the Workhouse will honor our area’s First Responders, Teachers, Active Military, Veterans, and Health Care Workers by offering them free admission when they reserve a timed entry ticket online and present a valid I.D. upon arrival at the Ticket Booth on campus. There will be premium nights with live entertainment on October 16th, 23rd, 30th and 31st.
Connect with nearly ten thousand local and regional residents by sponsoring this year’s Workhouse Haunt: The Collection. This experience will safely immerse guests in a 30-minute theatrical walk-through, past historic buildings and into the woods as actors deliver contactless scares across 15 nights of performances.
Be a part of targeted regional advertising, extensive online marketing efforts (reaching a collective ~100,000 unique impressions), collateral materials, press materials, a dedicated social media campaign, and tailored onsite signage.
Q: What is the ticket price of the Workhouse Haunt?
Tickets priced from $25 per person on most nights and $30 per person on Premium RIP Nights (Premium RIP Nights are Saturdays October 16, 23, 30 and Sunday October 31. Premium RIP Nights will include live entertainment in the check-in area near our Haunt Bar, where guests can purchase beverages and snacks). Ticket prices for this event may rise with demand.
Q: I’ve heard that there are special ticketing offers for Sunday October 3 Opening Night. How do I learn more?
Yes! Exclusively on October 3, 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 for a ticketed time entry.
Q: What is the schedule of Workhouse Haunt?
Workhouse Haunt: The Collection will run on weekends from October 3 – November 6 2021, on Fridays and Saturdays hours are 7:00 – 11:00 pm and Sundays from 7-10pm. November 7 will be our rain-date, if needed.
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 PerformingArts@WorkhouseArts.org 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, but please do not arrive more than 60 minutes early, to help reduce the overall number of people in our waiting area. 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.
Q: What is the refund policy?
This fundraising event is following a no-refund policy. If you are unable to attend, you may:
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?
Yes, one building will remain open throughout the attraction to provide indoor restrooms.
Q: Will there be food and drinks?
Snack-style concessions, soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available for a la carte purchase at the Haunt Bar, located in the check-in area. 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: What Covid-related precautions have been made?
All Workhouse staff and contractors working at this event are required to be fully vaccinated, or provide weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test. For the safety and comfort of all of our guests, we do require guests to wear masks when entering a building and when going through the attraction. We will continue to monitor changes in the COVID-19 guidance issued by health professionals, and will update this page, when/if appropriate.
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.
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: I have other questions
For any questions not answered here please email: PerformingArts@WorkhouseArts.org
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: PerformingArts@WorkhouseArts.org
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact: LeonScioscia@WorkhouseArts.org
Workhouse Arts Center9518 Workhouse Way
For more information, please contact Leon Scioscia, President and CEO at LeonScioscia@workhousearts.org or 703.584.2903