Halloween Yard Haunt Odyssey 2022: Santa Clarita Valley
Welcome to another installment of Hollywood Gothique’s 2022 Halloween Yard Haunt Odyssey, in which we visit Santa Clarita Yard Haunts all over the S.C.V.. Since the Yard Haunt Odyssey is an annual feature dating back to 2005, and since many of haunted homes have been previously covered, we are trying something different this October: emphasizing the new.
By “new,” we don’t necessarily mean debut haunts. We also mean returning haunts with new themes, noteworthy additions, and/or major changes, along with haunts that are “new” to us simply because we have not previously visited them. In addition, we will throw in some old favorites if we get new coverage, such as photos of details previously overlooked or simply overshadowed by other elements.
Obviously, this is published after Halloween. With many home haunts, they open only the final weekend of October. Therefore, making it hard to do a write-up and drive out to visit haunts at the same time. However, we hope this gives you insight and allows you to have these home haunts on your radar to visit next season.
With all of that in mind, please scroll down to view images and information you hopefully have not seen before. And if you are looking for a more comprehensive list of yard haunts in and around Los Angeles, check out our page devoted to Halloween Home Haunts.
2022 Santa Clarita Yard Haunts
Wildwood’s Haunted Farmhouse
24143 Cross St, Santa Clarita
Open Usually Last Weekend of October
We found this little hidden gem on the So Cal Haunts List. With no social media presence and nothing to verify hours and dates; we swung by right at opening time to see if this was running. Turned out, we were the first one there and what a nice surprise this was. The creators built a little farm house facade equipped with a porch as the entrance. The haunt was housed in the garage, backyard and their tool shed! There were no scare actors but there were timed and visual effects that were spooky, but not spooky enough where a young adult couldn’t go in.
We enjoy haunts that are self-sufficient as this one. It was reminiscent of Pharaoh’s Hall in Pasadena, where it also was a themed maze with effects that were all electronic or automatic. We find that this allows people who are too scared full on haunts to get their feet wet and this formula works if you have actors that quit or don’t show up. We’ll be adding this to our route next year as well.
Fright On Lewis Way
25739 Lewis Way, Stevenson Ranch
Open Last Weekend in October
This community haunt started off as a display the first time we went in 2020. We were pleasantly surprised to see how it evolved into a walk-through put on for the community and neighborhood. The actors, predominantly kids of all ages; donned an assortment of costumes and masks you would find in your old-school neighborhood haunt. This was short and simple with a surprise air cannon at the end!
A great local haunt to add to the list if you are in the area. There was also a house directly across the street with fun little displays that change every year. A couple years back, they had “Mushnik’s Flower Shop” which was an ode to Little Shop Of Horrors.
Insane Haunt Productions: Haunted Tiki Island
20205 Soladera Way, Santa Clarita
Open Usually Last Weekend of October, 7-10pm
Insane Haunt Productions is usually a must-see for us whenever we are north of L.A. Normally with a different theme each year, the haunt always features a short but effective walk-through with plenty scares. This year has been scaled back a bit but it still provided plenty of jump scares for the size of the haunt. We went on a special night, during the owner’s birthday celebration and got more than what we bargained for: tiki themed drinks on top of scares.
A must-see on your trek. We add this to our list every year. There is a house on the corner, when you exit the street just look to your right. They usually have dozens of monsters on display as well.
26041 Sombras Ct, Santa Clarita
Open Multiple Nights in October
Arguably our top 2 cemetery displays every year. Sombras Cemetery is an impressive display with no scare actors. All the spookiness comes purely from the animatronics and special effects which are slow enough for you to back out if scared. Our favorite part of this yard display is the color. With mainly a blue overlay with hues of green and purple; it gives off an 80s movie vibe.
We generally prioritize walk-throughs and mazes over yard displays. However, this display has enough to warrant making this a stop. Guests are also welcome to walk-through the cemetery if they dare.
22702 Pear Ct, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Open Multiple Nights in October
The proprietors of Jackson Manor, which went dark about a decade ago, are back! They returned with Pumpkin Hallow, which is a fun and spooky display with timed effects. This was a yard display where you enter these grand arches and into a graveyard. Kids can also walk up the path to the house and help themselves to some candy. Our favorite thing about this are the mini Jack O’ Lanterns that’s on the rooftops. This reminded us of another yard display with miniature pumpkins years ago in the valley which is now dark.
This should be added to your list if you are a fan of Halloween in general. There are no scares here but the movement of the props paired with fog and sound makes this display aesthetically pleasing to the haunt-seekers eyes.
28540 Agajanian Dr, Santa Clarita
Open Usually 2nd Half of October
With a distinct theme each year, this house on Agajanian never ceases to amaze us. Every time we drive up here, we get pleasantly surprised. Part of it is the not knowing portion and the other part is waiting to see what they come up with. This year’s theme is a simulated swamp. But is it really still simulated if it looks and feels like a real swamp? Complete with a wooden shack and an outhouse; this impressive yard display will have you thinking you are at a theme park or at the bayou in no time.
This home display is an easy decision to add to the list. It’s cross street is Natalie Ln, the home of Pumkin Jack’s Haunted House. It’s on the way there so we can’t not see it. Before you get here, there’s also a display at the end of the cul-de-sac on Maged Ct. They also do something new each year. Don’t need an address, because you’ll know when you see it.
Pumkin Jack’s Haunted House Present’s The Creel House
28603 Natalie Lane, Santa Clarita
Usually Open Final Weekend in October
Our final stop of our annual Santa Clarita Haunt Odyssey brought us to Pumkin Jack’s Haunted House. If you remember, in 2019, Pumkin Jack’s bid adieu to the community and went out with a bang with Halloween (Michael Myers). It was the best fan-made Halloween maze we’ve ever had the pleasure of attending, one with actual masks used at Universal HHN. Then last season, they did a Squid Game interactive display; still no walk-through but it was something fun for the community and plus they were itching to do something for the community again. We’ve told them in person that this is how it starts and it is a gateway, you’ll eventually un-retire and come back. Then of course, we see them announce the Stranger Things 4: The Creel House haunted maze and walk-through. Warren called it. We enjoyed this homage to Stanger Things so much that we had to walk-through 4 total times, the last time with no actors. With all the main characters from the show; this maze really makes us forget that this is housed inside their garage.
This was a no-brainer to visit. The line does build up for this so we suggest you getting there early. They typically open the final weekend of October but for this year, their big comeback, they did the last 2 weekends of it. We also saved this one for last on our Odyssey because it made the most sense logistically and also the author of this post is a close acquaintance of the creator(s) of this haunt. However, this review is still written from a haunt-goers perspective and from a purely objective point of view.
You can find many more Santa Clarita yard haunts on the SoCalHaunts list.