Hollywood Gothique Says:
With its 2014 debut, this Santa Clarita effort – a castle under a dark spell – immediately jumped on the list of best walk-through Halloween home haunts, then continued growing and expanding, putting itself on par with such perennial yard haunts as The Backwoods Maze and Rotten Apple 907.
28621 Sugar Pine Way
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
2023 Status: After taking time off in 2022 to collaborating on a fundraiser haunt called Bones Gulch, Beware the Dark Realm offers a small home haunt titled The Coven of Witches.
Date: Halloween night only, starting at sunset.
Beware the Dark Realm plans to return to Castaic in 2024 with something new.
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Beware the Dark Realm Home Haunt Overview
Beware the Dark Realm is a Halloween home haunt from the original managers of the Heritage Haunt in Newhall. The amateur attraction features a haunted house walk-through with a Medieval theme. A two-story castle facade leads to a maze of winding corridors, filled with amazing creatures around every corner: ghosts, demons, witches – even a dragon!
The haunted castle made its debut in 2013 and immediately established itself among the best amateur Halloween attractions in Los Angeles, with professional-quality makeup and home-made effects. Beware the Dark Realm earned a mention in Hollywood Gothique’s 2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Best Amateur Haunted House Walk-Through, going on to take the category in our 2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners.
Like most home haunts and yard haunts, Beware the Dark Realm does not charge for admission; however, it does accept donations for charity (e.g. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, the SCV Domestic Violence Center) in exchange for a front-of-the-line pass.
Beware the Dark Realm home haunt ceased doing kid-friendly non-scare tours in 2017.
After shifting to an “immersive visual display” in response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Beware the Dark Realm returned with a full-legnth walk-through maze for Halloween 2021. In 2022, they abandoned home haunting to create Bones Gulch with The Farm Haunt and Restless Souls Manor. The non-profit raised money for the L.A County Sheriff’s museum. Beware the Dark Realm plans to return to Castaic in 2024 with something new.
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