Netflix Event: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Last month, one of my best friends, Blake, and I went to a Netflix event in Vancouver to celebrate the release of Riverdale spin-off, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It. Was. Spellbinding.
The event was held at what’s known as Cecil Green Park House on the UBC campus. Park House is used as the filming location for the Spellman House in the series, so you really and truly get to feel like you’re part of the show. It featured CAOS themed drinks, mini manicures, the ability to find your own familiar (mine was a spider, Blake’s was a cat), and enjoy the spooky ambiance.
Upon arrival, you’re greeted by a video of CAOS star, Kiernan Shipka welcoming you to the house. Then, you’re led in by a fellow witch, and you can choose to do the activities in witchever order you please. And yes, you can just sit in the main room and people watch. I came with Hex Girls inspired makeup and an oversized sweater to match, while Blake donned his usual glam look and a long black trench coat.
We spent a good two hours there, enjoying our drinks. I indulged in “The Harvey”, which consisted of pumpkin syrup, chocolate milk, and egg white, garnished with a chocolate covered cherry. They must have run out of cherries though, because mine was no where to be found. Blake had “The Half-Witch”: apple and cinnamon infused vodka, a variety of apple juices, grape and lime juice, Live Hicory, and dried orange peel smoke. The final option was called “The Dark Baptism”, which was made up of vodka, Midori, and orange juice, butterfly pea flower in pipette (whatever that is). The two alcoholic choices were also available as mocktails, which I think Blake ended up opting for. Servers occasionally came around with various hors d'oeuvres (which seemed unrelated to the show), like mini speared grilled cheese sandwiches in tiny tomato soups. It was delicious, and made me wish they had a menu where I could order a regular sized one for dinner.
They also had a small set built with a hallway and lockers to mimic the ones at Baxter High. There, you could record your own version of the Netflix promo video! It was all a lot of fun. Blake is a natural on camera, so I was a little nervous, but it all turned out in the end. Even though I never received my solo video via email — tragic — I still have the one of the two of us making our way down the halls of Baxter High and doing the Twitches hand twirl to open them (screenshot above).
There were so many photo ops, that we ended up taking over 100 pictures — which is a lot for me, because I’m not a huge fan of being in front of the camera. But I do love being behind it! Tucked away in the house’s sun room, was a cute little area with dried flower crowns and props, perfect for an impromptu photoshoot.
In the same room, were a couple of women who would teach you about different essential oils, give you a sample, and explain the benefits of each one. My favourite was the orange one. Not only do I absolutely adore fruity scents, but we were told that some of the advantages to that particular oil were soothing tense muscles and promoting happiness; Lord knows I could use both of those things.
The show had just been released, and neither Blake nor I had seen it yet, so we didn’t have a notion of what may or may not be an Easter egg. It’s on my to-do list, but I honestly still haven’t gotten around to it. It’s been a stressful few months and I’ve had a lot of other (less interesting) stuff to get done first. Please tweet me if you’ve seen the show and something here strikes a chord.
The last thing I want to share about the event is the fact that we were initiated into a cult. We sat down at a table strewn with dried flora and candles while a man in a hooded robe murmured unintelligible ramblings. It was all very overwhelming, but now that I’m used to it, I love my new Satanist lifestyle.
Thanks so much to Netflix and the Cecil Green Park House for the fun event! It was fantastic, and I promise not to sacrifice any of your employees at my next ritual.