In Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the titular character, Sabrina Spellman, must make a daunting decision on the eve of her 16th birthday as a half-mortal, half-witch: does she choose to live out the rest of her time on Earth as an ordinary teenager without powers, or sign away her life to the Dark Lord and embrace her supernatural abilities? And we thought deciding between joining the basketball team or student government was a doozy.
Most won't find themselves at a crossroads like Sabrina's, but fans eagerly awaiting the show's release on October 26 were able to get a feel for the two options at Netflix's Spellman House this past Saturday (October 20) in Los Angeles. Attendees of the immersive experience were tasked with choosing between the Path of Light or Path of Night. While both have quite the repercussions for Sabrina in the series, visitors to the Spellman House didn't leave with the ability to cast spells. Instead, they departed with another kind of magic: a witchy makeover and some Instagram posts that Satan himself would be jealous of.
Upon first arriving, attendees were treated to some festive nail art and lipstick to reflect either the Light or Night inside of them. They could choose from a variety of different nail stickers, which featured sinister symbols such as spiders and black cats along with some lighter fare, like the Baxter High logo. There was also a spectrum of different lip colors, everything from a soft peach to shades as dark as dusk. And it all culminated in getting to select a flower crown that fit their devotion to either the mortal or witch side. Pastel-y pinks, blues, and yellows for those going with the light. On the flip side, doom and gloom blooms adorned with extra cobwebs and spiders to dark hearts' delight.
After the beauty looks were picked, participants had the opportunity to walk the very red black carpet that the CAOS actors (including Sabrina's familiar, Salem walked the night before at the premiere. Considering how chilling everyone looked with their flower crowns, it only made sense to take a snapshot like the stars. But attendees' journey through the Spellman House was only beginning. Because once they climbed the stairs, they then faced going Light or Night.
If they chose the path of Light, fans would enter Sabrina's mortal world of Baxter High, crossing under a balloon arch and through a rain of banners, into the school's gym. There they could join the Women's Intersectional Cultural and Creative Association — or as Sabrina and her friend's simply call it, WICCA. However, the mortal world seemingly wasn't devoid of magic. Attendees got strut through the halls of Baxter only to have the lockers blast open. All of this was caught on video and put in slow motion, perfect to share to Instagram and make their followers know just how powerful they are. I myself got replies such as "You are living your best life!" to "Oh my god I'm shaking!!!!!!"
As fun as the Path of Light was, attendees could also get a taste of the Path of Night. After departing Baxter High, they could venture into the Greendale Woods, a spooky, moon-lit setting where the fog came up to their knees. Wicked disciples of the Dark Lord awaited those hoping to sign their name in the Book of the Beast and seize their darkside. After offering up an autograph, newfound witches and warlocks could pay their respects at a Satanic alter decorated with bones of all shapes and sizes, ghastly candles, and of course, skulls. Because what tribute to the Dark Lord is complete without a dismembered head?
A few paces away was a quick walkthrough of the Spellman Mortuary, which Sabrina's aunts and cousin help run. While no bodies were present, visitors could see some of the witches' potion fixings. And it appeared that we had just missed Sabrina, who left her signature red coat hanging on a coat rack. Just past some mirrors was yet another shrine to Lucifer, this time around a good ol' fashion 5-foot wide pentagon made of twigs and discarded bones. A throne fit for a newly anointed witch or warlock sat at one end of the table, perfect for people to plop down and get a memento of their commitment to the Dark Lord.
While "Not Today, Satan" was written on the walls, we're happy to consider tomorrow between the hours of 6 and 9 along with the week to fit him in. We'll just be busy sifting through all the chilling snapshots we got while at the Spellman House.