Langley’s Brinkworth Dungeon Haunted House at Halloween
Brinkworth Dungeon is a haunted house that’s located at 22260 48th Avenue in the Murrayville area of Langley. It’s open for the last couple of weeks or so of October each year and most of what you’ll see at the attraction has been made by hand.
Whereas some Lower Mainland haunted houses are commercial ventures, and run as businesses, and others are simply labours of love at people’s homes, Brinkworth Dungeon is like a combination of the two. It’s at a family’s home, but, unlike most other residential Halloween attractions, it charges a set price for admission. That being said, the venue doesn’t really make much money – admission simply helps offset the considerable costs.
Another thing that makes Brinkworth Dungeon unique is the fact that everything is handmade. That includes the wax-museum-quality Chucky Doll, Frankenstein, Gremlin, Elvira and pretty much everything you see – nothing is commercially-made nor pre-purchased even closely as-is. It’s impressive!
Dates and Hours of Operation
In 2018 Brinkworth Dungeon was open from Friday, October 19th, until Saturday, November 3rd.
The place is usually open to the public between 7:00 and 10:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It’s also open from 6:00 until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, but closed on Sundays.
Brinkworth Dungeon offers two versions of its haunted attraction. “Nights for the Squeamish” is less hard core and runs on weekdays, Monday to Thursday, during the regular 7:00 to 10:00 pm hours, plus Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. “Nights for the Squeamish” is suitable for people of all ages.
“Trapped and Terrified Nights” are more hard core and take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 until 11:00 pm, so after the regular “Nights for the Squeamish” sessions. If you like serious haunted houses and being freaked out, you’ll like this later version.
The focus of the attraction is on the props. There are live actors sometimes, at the “Trapped and Terrified Nights,” but usually between only one and four. The actors add to the experience, but are also more subtle than at other places. They don’t just simply jump out and go “boo!” as they don’t want to distract you from admiring the various scenes.
Brinkworth Dungeon Admission Rates
Unlike other haunted houses at people’s homes, like the Haunt of Edgemont or Anmore Manor, which are both free but collect donations for charity, there is a set admission price for Brinkworth Dungeon.
In 2018 admission to the Langley haunted house cost $10 for adults and older youth, and $5 for children ages 6 to 10. Kids ages 5 and under are free.
In addition to the admission charge, donations of non-perishable food items for the Langley Food Bank are greatly appreciated. Also, a percentage of ticket sale profits is donated to JRFM’s Basics for Babies.
Brinkworth Dungeon Location
Brinkworth Dungeon is located at 22260 48th Avenue which is just south of the Fraser Highway and a 3-minute drive from the Langley Regional Airport and Canadian Museum of Flight. The house is right on the main road across the street from a strip mall with an IGA and Dollarama.
The haunted house is also about a 6-minute drive south of Glow Harvest which is an exceptional indoor autumn-themed attraction located at Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre at 6690 216th Street.
What to Expect
At Brinkworth Dungeon you can expect to see a professional-quality haunted house that’s been put together meticulously and with lots of talent and passion by the Brinkworth family and their friends by hand.
Walking through the place is like wandering through a real haunted dungeon, a Hollywood horror movie set and a wax museum of monster exhibits all at once. It’s like a Disneyland attraction at someone’s home, but the kind that someone like Stephen King might make!
Brinkworth Dungeon is dark inside (and very dark in places). It’s full of passageways, winding corridors and even an underground-kind-of tunnel. It’s all inside, although ever so briefly you do find yourself outdoors, six-feet under, at the bottom of a grave! There is a torture chamber, scenes from horror movies and creatures behind bars, among other spooky things to see.
There are no store-bought blow-up Snoopy or Bart Simpson characters here at this Halloween attraction. The Dr. Jekyll, Mummy and other creatures are sculpted by hand! Pretty much none of the props are commercially-purchased. It’s all a work of art (but a wonderfully ghastly one)!
New for 2018 was a “Revenge of the Mummy” walk-through set where you really feel like you’re in an Egyptian tomb! New for 2019 will be a “Silent Hill Asylum” section. Between the two, they alone comprise a 1,600 square-foot portion of the attraction!
Is Brinkworth Dungeon suitable for all ages? If you ask the creators, they’ll say “Yes, with the exception of anyone freaked out by the Mall Santa.” It’s not as hard-core or gory like some places, but in our opinion, it’s still pretty scary. Obviously, “Trapped and Terrified Nights”, especially, are not meant for timid folk, young children or the faint of heart!
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Brinkworth Dungeon.
TIP #1: Brinkworth Dungeon is one of the Lower Mainland’s least known and under-visited haunted houses. In a typical year fewer than 1000 people visit the place, which is surprising. Its quality is high, so there really should be far more visitors, especially given how many days it’s open. Unlike some other places however, like Potters in Surrey, you don’t normally have to wait long to get in, which is awesome.
TIP #2: As you make your way through Brinkworth Dungeon be sure to admire the detail and artistic work of all the displays. Most of it is pretty obvious, although in one case you do have to look up (to see the gremlin). The creatures are all models made by hand here in the Lower Mainland. It’s a Halloween haunted house, but one that features real works of art.
TIP #3: If you have young children, visit Glow Harvest too (or instead). It’s just a short drive away and it’s a fun place if you like mini golf, miniature trains, pumpkin patches, indoor corn mazes and kids’ play structures. There’s nothing scary about Glow Harvest!
TIP #4: Unlike most haunted houses at people’s homes, there is an admission fee at this place. It’s a reasonable price though – enough to help offset their expenses but not really to make a profit. The Brinkworths have a no-charge policy though for special needs children’s groups wanting to visit.
TIP #5: There is a fair bit of parking in the area, with street parking on 48th Avenue starting right outside the house, and mall parking across the street.
For more information about Langley’s most amazing haunted attraction, see the Brinkworth Dungeon website.
For a list of other similar places, click Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.
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