Haunted Houses (attractions)

Spookily Dookily: Eight haunty haunts in the DMV area to check out this season

Spookily Dookily: Eight haunty haunts in the DMV area to check out this season

We’re at least an hour outside of the city, regularly second-guessing our route as we make our way down winding, pitch black roads, nothing but fields of crops on either side, silhouetted against the seemingly supernatural grey glow of some far away car dealership.

And then—we finally come upon the floodlights of the next haunt’s parking lot. The year-round species of parking lot zombie (wearing orange reflective vests) direct us. Getting out of the car we immediately inhale that distinct haunted house perfume: a mix of fog machine juice, barn hay ,and dust.

We wait in lines so long our bones begin to ache, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off—we don’t want to...

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