REALM OF SHADOW
Realm of Shadow is a home haunt based in Bellflower, California. On top of its family friendly scares and high production value, this haunt is notable for being a Christian organization, aiming to both provide Halloween entertainment and spread a religious message.
- Located at 9256 Walnut Street in Bellflower, CA
- Traditional haunted house with jump scares
- No intentional touch from actors
- Family-friendly – open to all ages, children ages 10 and up may go through without adults
- Special effects including strobe lights, animatronics, and fog
- Guests go through in small groups
- Tight spaces and darkness may be used
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From Realm of Shadow’s official website: “The Realm of Shadow began as a home Halloween haunt maze over 10 years ago, created by SoCal residents Ron Love and his (very understanding) wife, Debbie. What started off as a simple graveyard decoration on their front patio, has now grown to be an over 1800 square foot enclosed, twisting, creepy maze each year.”
Recently, Realm of Shadow has earned praise for their experience at Midsummer Scream 2019, Temple of the Fallen God. A high concept, Indiana Jones style adventure (with a lengthy backstory, this miniature haunt promised a family friendly, exciting adventure through a lost Jungle. Atop the haunt sat a golden snake statue that occasionally produced a dazzling laser show that could be seen throughout the Midsummer Scream Hall of Shadows. While openly a family-friendly production, many guests were surprised to find some of the most effective jump scares of the whole convention.
Realm of Shadow bills itself as an all-ages production, and anyone age 10 or older may go through the haunt without the safety of an adult (though the website correctly asserts that it’s more fun to see your parents scream!). The creators promise an experience free of blood and guts, instead preferring to build tension and fear in more unique ways.
Notably, the Realm of Shadow team uses their haunt both as a community service and as a way to share a Christian message. Religious themes do not play a direct role in the haunt itself, its creators express their intent to “pass out the “good candy,” along with a memorable Christian gospel message to each and every visitor. It is our joy to scare you to death, and tell you about real Life, all at the same time.”
The haunt typically runs for the last few days of October, and the theme changes each year. Located in a suburban neighborhood, there should be ample street parking available. Ever since their jump from yard display to full-fledged maze, Realm of Shadow has been growing quickly in quality and ambition. One of the only haunts in the immediate area (though for Angelenos, it’s on the way to a handful in Orange County), it’s an easy recommendation for anyone in the surrounding communities, especially those with children.
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