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Workhouse Arts Heart’s ‘Hang-out’ is a wonderful show of spookiness and enjoyable


I ought to begin with some details. I don’t prefer to be scared. I’m a self-proclaimed big child, whom my husband and my kids (and so-called pals) enjoy jump-scaring as a result of my reactions are really easy and, to cite, “hilarious.” So then you definately would possibly ask: Why would I voluntarily select to attend The Workhouse’s annual Hang-out? Nicely, like most issues these days, it’s difficult.

Scene from ‘Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest.’ Photograph by Mike Stevens.

Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest is a family-friendly occasion with meals, drink, reside music (on sure nights), and a haunted path. The night that I went, the meals truck was hosted by Chalkboard Wings & BBQ, with sandwiches and a ridiculously yummy loaded mac n cheese w/ brisket and slaw. Bunnyman Brewing is the native, Fairfax beer provider and a sponsor of the occasion. And, as any out of doors occasion will need to have, there’s a kettle corn stand. All situated subsequent to the north car parking zone closest to Lorton Street and open for mingling, chatting, and having fun with the native fare.

When you make your manner onto the Workhouse fundamental campus, the River Pavilion is erected so that you can examine in on your activate the path. Coloured wristbands are given to teams of 10 and every small group leaves at staggered instances to keep away from overcrowding and guarantee each participant will get the total expertise. The lights beneath the pavilion change to match the wristband colours when it’s time for the subsequent wave to depart. Our wristbands had been pink. An ominous colour, for certain.

Scene from ‘Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest.’ Photograph by Mike Stevens.

Beneath the pavilion are lengthy tables and chairs, lined with seasonal decor, and a bar cart is about up at one finish, serving beer, wine, and specialty drinks so company can sit and benefit from the music and funky fall air earlier than and after their Hang-out.

The ambiance is splendidly festive and enjoyable. We had been fortunate to attend a night with the band The Little Aspect Hustle Affiliation, and so they sang traditional Halloween tunes like “The Monster Mash” and “Thriller.” However then the lights turned pink and I started to get nervous.

We adopted instructions to the beginning of the path and I used to be comforted to see {that a} small baby was in our group in entrance of me. Whether or not my reduction was as a result of I believed it certainly can be much less scary since he was there, or as a result of my satisfaction would possibly survive by not being the MOST fearful of the group, I couldn’t say.

The trail wends by way of the darkish between the previous jail buildings into extra open areas with sparse lighting, then right into a maze, round a rusted warehouse, one other subject, and raggedy shelters it’s a must to go by way of, all of the whereas with a relentless background of whispers, screams, and sudden load bangs on steel. A few of the performers are there to information you, and urge you ahead, to the place they promise eventual security. Whereas different zombie-esque figures leap out, attempt to lure you away from the trail, and snicker maniacally into the darkness.

However I got here ready with a human protect, i.e., my husband. With cautious (learn: panicked) manipulation, I used to be capable of always have him blocking, main, and protecting me from all sides. On a number of events, I even lucked out by seeing the little boy within the group determine the subsequent shock so I used to be extra on guard. However the ghouls may scent my worry. They’d observe intently behind, taunting me, attempting to get me to have interaction as I appeared away and meekly mentioned, “Hello, no thanks. Okay. Bye.”

Scare actors in ‘Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest.’ Images by Mike Stevens.

After which, lastly, it was over. My husband was laughing boisterously. I used to be out of breath, drenched in sweat, and doing that smiling-laughing factor you do once you’re so emotional that your face and your mind don’t know how you can act. However we had been again by the pavilion. The music was taking part in. Individuals had been wandering and ready for his or her flip. We obtained a drink and sat. I caught my breath.

And it WAS enjoyable. Even for somebody that DOES NOT LIKE SUCH THINGS. Will I ever do it once more? Most likely not, however I’m glad I went and I plan to take my youngsters who may have a blast with the Hang-out, whereas I patiently wait beneath the pavilion.

The Workhouse Arts Heart has finished an amazing job organizing this occasion and has created a festive expertise with all of the facilities wanted for an autumn night time as Halloween approaches.

Co-Manufacturing Supervisor Joey Wallen says of the occasion employees:

Your entire challenge wouldn’t be doable with out the executive assist of the Workhouse Arts Heart employees, and the mixed abilities of over 100 seasonal contractors and volunteers who make up the workforce of scare actors, theatre technicians, ticket/concessions crew, and the construct/paint/electrical workforce

Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest is fitted to kids and adults alike, all within the spirit of the season. The employees does let that you simply can’t contact the performers, and the performers can’t contact you, which was a enjoyable incontrovertible fact that saved me from falling to the bottom within the fetal place. Everybody concerned is totally dedicated to the expertise and works collectively to drag off a wonderful show of spookiness and enjoyable. Go test it out earlier than it’s too late!

Working Time: The Hang-out path takes roughly quarter-hour.

Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest runs on weekends by way of November 5, 2022, and on Halloween October 31 at The Workhouse Arts Heart, 9518 Workhouse Manner, Lorton, VA. Tickets ($30) can be found to buy by calling the field workplace at 703-584-2900 or going on-line. Tickets are restricted and are offered for particular time slots.

Not really useful for youth beneath the age of 13.

Hang-out: Nightmare Harvest Schedule
Fridays – October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 7 pm – 11 pm
Saturdays – October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 7 pm – 11 pm.
Sundays – October 16, 23, 30, 7 pm – 10 pm.
Monday – Halloween, October 31, 7 pm – 9 pm.

COVID Security: Carrying a masks whereas inside a Workhouse constructing is strongly really useful.

Manufacturing Crew
Co-Manufacturing Supervisors on behalf of Workhouse Performing Arts: Jennifer Deutschendorf, Joseph Wallen; Costume/Make-Up Lead: Rachael Norberg, Levi Peterson; Scare Actor Efficiency Coach/Leads: Farrah Elam, Levi Peterson; Lead Construct/Paint Crew: Justin Cimino, Farrah Elam, Jacob Grice; Entrance of Home Music Expertise Coordination: Liz Colandene

Nightmare Harvest Band Schedule
Every Friday and Saturday night time by way of October 29, reside bands will carry out within the Rizer Pavilion close to the Hang-out Bar, the place company should purchase snacks and drinks. 
October 14: Jahnel Daliya & October 15: Chris Dinosaur
October 21: The Neuro Farm & October 22: Eat the Cake
October 28: Outerloop & October 29: LAVA FLW

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