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Langley’s Brinkworth Dungeon Haunted House

Brinkworth Dungeon

One of several Metro Vancouver haunted attractions around Halloween in October, Brinkworth Dungeon is a haunted house at a private residence in Langley.

It’s one of our favourite haunted houses in the Lower Mainland. It’s amazing and most of what you’ll see is handmade by a professional artist. The venue is also wheelchair accessible, which is awesome!

In 2020 the attraction ran from October 17th until October 31st. The layout and procedures at the event were a bit different, though, because of COVID-19. Like in previous years, the attraction was fun, safe and impressive!

If you like haunted houses, be sure to check this one out!

 


For the attraction’s official website, click Brinkworth Dungeon.


 

Brinkworth Dungeon

 

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.

This scary place is 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 most of its contents are custom made. That includes the wax-museum-quality Chucky Doll, Frankenstein, Elvira and many of the other elements. In 2020, the horse skeletons in the front yard were not hand-made, but the stage coach is. Other than that, only a small portion of what you’ll see is commercially-made or pre-purchased even closely as-is. It’s impressive!

 

Halloween Stage Coach at Brinkworth Dungeon
Brinkworth Dungeon Stage Coach in 2020

 

Dates and Hours of Operation

Brinkworth Dungeon operated in 2020 from Friday, October 17th, until Saturday, October 31st.

The place was open to the public between 7:00 and 10:00 pm on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It was also open from 8:00 until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Dates and details will likely be comparable in 2021.

As it did the year before, in 2019 Brinkworth Dungeon offered two versions of its haunted attraction. “Nights for the Squeamish” were suitable for people of all ages. “Trapped and Terrified Nights”, however, were more hard core and took place after the regular “Nights for the Squeamish” sessions. If you like serious haunted houses and being freaked out, you would have liked this later version.

For what happened in 2020, see further below.

 


Click Brinkworth Dungeon for the attraction’s official website.


 

Where is Brinkworth Dungeon?

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.

 

Severed Head at Brinkworth Dungeon

 

Brinkworth Dungeon Admission Rates

Unlike most other haunted houses at people’s homes – which are usually free, sometimes collect donations for charity, and are typically nowhere near as professional – there is a set admission price for Brinkworth Dungeon. It’s definitely worth paying for though – it helps them cover their costs and it’s cheaper than comparable commercial venues where you have to stand in line for ages.

In 2020 admission to the Langley haunted house cost $12 for adults and older youth, and $6 for children ages 6 to 13. Kids ages 5 and under were 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 are donated to JRFM’s Basics for Babies.

 

Brinkworth Dungeon Horror Scene
2020 Scene from the Exorcist

 

What Was New at Brinkworth’s in 2020?

Brinkworth Dungeon was different in 2020 due to COVID-19. The creators of the attraction were serious about keeping people safe and taking necessary precautions. For example, this year, everyone needed to wear a mask. No exceptions.

Also, because of the coronavirus, there was a different system in place for lining up after purchasing tickets. Attendees got to wait their turn (while physically distanced) outdoors in the area that would normally be the cemetery. Also in 2020, a maximum of 50 were permitted on site at any given time (although the number most days was usually far fewer).

Also in 2020, as another precautionary measure, the organizers collected people’s contact details, just in case, for contact tracing purposes. Also, as mentioned above, everyone was required to wear a face mask.

New features for the attraction in 2020 included a large living room scene from Tales from the Crypt displaying Elvira as the featured host on her new custom hand-crafted antique couch. Elvira wasn’t new, but the room and couch were. There was also a 160-year-old chandelier and a couple of oil paintings from a real haunted mansion.

Also new for 2020, the attraction acquired lightning effect machines from the local movie industry, a horse-drawn hearse with life-size skeletal horses and driver, and a large electric chair with a Frankenstein monster. If you’re looking for a great Halloween venue for photo opportunities with friends and family, this is where you’ll find them!

Above were just a few of the features planned for the attraction in 2020 (although exact details may vary). To learn about all the features, you’ll have to visit the haunted house in person! If you like scary Halloween places, we bet you’ll be glad you did!

 

Frankenstein at Brinkworth Dungeon

 


For the attraction’s official website, click Brinkworth Dungeon.


 

What to Expect at Brinkworth Dungeon

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 various 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! Few of the props are commercially-purchased. It’s all a work of art (but a wonderfully ghastly one)!

The focus of the attraction is on the props. There are live actors sometimes, but usually between only one and four (although none in 2020, at least that was the case most days). When the attraction has them, the actors add to the experience, but are also more subtle than at other places. They don’t simply jump out and go “boo!” as they don’t want to distract you from admiring the various scenes.

 

Brinkworth Dungeon Video

To give you an idea of what to expect, below is a video of scenes at Brinkworth Dungeon from 2020. As you’ll see, the place is impressive! Also, don’t forget, that pretty much everything you see at both the attraction and in the video is made by hand!

This video shows some of the horror movie scenes you’ll see at the haunted house. A signature feature of the attraction is Elvira in her living room. There are also scenes from the Exorcist, The Mummy, Hellraiser, Chamber of Horrors, and Ghost Bride. You’ll also see the Chucky doll, Frankenstein and other famous spooky characters. There is a lot to experience, and it changes slightly each year.

 

 

What was New at the Brinkworth Haunted House Last Year?

New In 2019 was the Mansion of Monsters! Also new for 2019 was a “Silent Hill Asylum” section. Between the two, they alone comprised a 1,600 square-foot portion of the attraction! In 2019 there were also additional live monsters on Friday and Saturday nights. (Note: There are likely no live actors in 2020, at least not most nights.)

Also new last year were additions to the exterior. 9-foot stone pillars with wrought iron gates adorned with a couple of menacing (and moving) skeletal zombies met you at the entrance. There was also a new life-sized dead zombie horse with an axe-wielding headless rider, a couple of skeletal zombies carrying a real casket, and low-lying fog creeping between headstones.

The outside of the house was a little different in 2020, although the iron gates were still there, and the basic exterior structure of the house was the same. 2020’s skeletal horses and stagecoach were a fabulous new addition!

Already one of the Lower Mainland’s best haunted houses, the venue gets better every year!

 

Mad Scientist at Brinkworth Dungeon
Dr. Jekyll at Brinkworth Dungeon

 

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 very 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 some cases you do have to look up and all around. 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: 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 also have a no-charge policy for special needs children’s groups wanting to visit.

TIP #4: 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.

TIP #5: The venue is wheelchair accessible so good for people with mobility issues.

TIP #6: 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! If you like serious haunted houses though, you’ll love this one!

 

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

 

Other Information

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.

For ideas on other things to do in the area check out Langley, Surrey or the Fraser Valley.

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