Getting scared, of course! And the Bradley Farms Haunted House in Herndon is gearing up for another very scary Halloween this year, with the area's largest haunted house - the only one of its kind that raises money for a great cause.
The fun all takes place next weekend on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.
What is the Bradley Farm Haunted House?
For the seventh year in a row, BFHH is gearing up for a spectacular Halloween weekend in Herndon at the Bradley Farm site, 13159 New Parkland Dr.
BFHH is a huge haunted house that, for the price of a $5 ticket, guests can tour for a little spooking. The house features countless rooms with scary scenes and live actors that are sure to scare even the coolest of characters.
Plus, outside the haunted house is a fun Halloween festival-like atmosphere. Local businesses (like Herndon Patch!) will have booths and for 25 cents per ticket, you can play festival games (like spinning the Patch prize wheel!). There will also be a magician, a hypnotist, face-painting, back-to-back live bands and performers, and a concessions stand where you can buy treats like cider, popcorn, drinks, caramel apples, s'mores, and even pizza from Vocelli.
And, it's all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Herndon-Reston FISH, which stands for "Friendly, Instant and Sympathetic Help" for area families experiencing temporary need or a short-term crisis.
The Sorta-Scary, and The Super-Scary
One of the first questions parents usually ask the BFHH staff is, "is it too scary for my younger one?"
The answer to that is - not during kid time, on Saturday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. During that time, the haunted house is scaled back a bit for younger audiences such as 8 years old and younger.
The first 500 children on Saturday afternoon will also receive a trick-or-treat bag, which haunters will place candy in as they walk through the house.
During Friday night and Saturday night, the philosophy is, "beware before you enter," as the BFHH staff turns up the scare full-force.
"Each year we have many people who are unable to make it through the entire haunted house," BFHH staff says. "The haunted house is very scary."
And, each year, the staff tries to out-do their haunted house of the year before.
"We've gotten a little bit bigger," said BFHH directors Lisa Kelly and Sarah Bermingham. "We try to add new things each year."
This year Kelly and Bermingham said for the first time, they will have a hypnotist on site entertaining crowds outside the haunted house, as well as a jam-packed schedule of live entertainment. Live bands will play back-to-back from 6-9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, and children's acts will perform from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.
When and Where to Visit the Haunted House
Super-scary hours for older children and adults are 6-10 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. Sorta-scary hours appropriate for younger children (suggested for ages 8 and under) are on Saturday afternoon the 26th from 1-5 p.m.
Visit Herndon Patch Editor Jennifer van der Kleut at the Patch booth outside the haunted house from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon for the children's hours, along with many other local businesses and organizations.
Bradley Farm is located at 13159 New Parkland Dr. in Herndon.
For more information, visit the Bradley Farm Haunted House website.
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