REVIEW: BEWARE OF THE DARK REALM
Maze maestro Scott Sivley has been building yard haunts in southern California since the 1970s. His latest haunt, Beware of the Dark Realm, has been running every halloween season since 2013. This is a free haunt, however a $5 donation will get you to the front of the line, and you will be donating to Sivley’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the local non profit SCV Domestic Violence Center. Sivley’s fundraising is a beautiful endeavour which makes an already incredible haunt experience that much better.
Beware of the Dark Realm is located in a neighborhood which is as suburban as it gets. Every year the maze is surrounded by multiple open garages where families are playing foosball or karaokeing together. It’s a surreal contrast to Sivley’s yard which has been replaced by a hand built medieval castle extending all the way to the sidewalk.
This haunt is creative, scary and fun. It is the artistic culmination of decades of experience in building haunt mazes. The reveals, paths, and art direction are laid out perfectly: around every corner you will experience a new demonic encounter along with medieval characters and miniature sets. The flow of this maze is seamless, and the time spent wandering its ghoulish corridors feels much longer than the time and space of a modest front yard.
Beyond the Dark Realm is well worth the drive to Santa Clarita. You can donate to a worthy cause while enjoying one of the most unique and creative haunts in southern California. While you are there, I encourage you to thank all of the wonderful volunteers for their labor of love which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
October 15, 2017
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