DeWitt, N.Y.—Beginning Friday Oct. 3, Central New York will get to check out the area’s latest haunted attraction – “The Forbidden Realm,” a 6,300-square-foot scare-fest to benefit Make-A-Wish® Central New York.
The attraction will be staffed by local actors and features two separate themes - Macabre Manor and SubTERRORanean. One section is a traditional haunted house, while the other is a haunted “hillbilly infested mine” with a pitch black labyrinth of terror not for the faint of heart. The event fills the lower level of Shoppingtown Mall’s former Bon Ton store.
“The Forbidden Realm” is the brainchild of Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Kevin Blanchfield, who designed and constructed the attraction with some help from family and friends. The 17-year-old dedicated his summer and, once school resumed, his evenings and weekends to making the attraction a reality.
“The reward is seeing people go through something that you built” he said.
Blanchfield, who has created smaller haunted house events at his home and for other charities, said he is inspired by his older brother, Dan.
“He started making haunted houses out of our garage and giving the proceeds to charities when he was 15,” said Blanchfield, who decided to continue the tradition and stay true to the charity aspect.
“I really wanted to help the kids in the community,” he added.
Sharon Blanchfield, Kevin’s mother, said creating the attractions is one of her son’s passions and the entire family is supportive.
“I was so proud of Kevin for taking on this project on his own,” she said. “It is an exceptional learning experience for him.”
While the purpose of the event is to have some good Halloween fun and benefit charity, safety is also a priority Sharon Blanchfield said.
“We are using flame-retardant walls, have flood lights for safety, and the zoning board and firefighters have come in to check on it,” she said.
“The Forbidden Realm” is located in Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt and will be open 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 3 through Nov. 1. The attraction will also be open Sunday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $13 each and will be sold at the door. For more information, visit www.forbiddenrealmcny.com.
Make-A-Wish Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. In granting these wishes, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the child and family with a bit of respite and extra-special memories of joy and laughter.
Make-A-Wish is able to continue to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations throughout its 15-county region, including Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org or call (315) 475-WISH (9474).