Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be scary—but this year, it is.
For the second year in a row, Lincoln Mill Haunted House will be debuting a new Valentine’s Day pop-up for one night only. Opening this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 10, Viktor’s Valentine: A Dark Love Story will feature candlelight-only tours through the depths of the famous mill in Manayunk.
“Valentine’s Day is about romance and spending time with your significant other,” said Lincoln Mill Haunted House Co-Founder Jared Bilsak in a statement. “Other than taking your date out to a restaurant or bar, what other night-out options are there in the Philly region?”
Bilsak continued: “There’s something romantic about walking through a haunted house with your date in the dark, holding hands, side by side. We wanted to offer something unique and not offered anywhere else in the region. Our team has created a dark candlelit experience that wasn’t just about the traditional idea of love and romance. Instead, we wanted to combine the emotions of love and fear while walking through a haunted mill in the dark. The idea for Viktor’s Valentine was born.”
And just like all of the other Lincoln Mill experiences, this edition will follow the story of Viktor Kane and an old employee of his who “left a trail of hearts inside the hidden chamber.” Guests will venture through the hidden chamber equipped with only a candle, and the experience will be interactive—that element was specifically important to the co-founders.
“Instead of guests being passive observers in the show, they become active participants,” added Bilsak. “We thought that there would be something interesting about giving guests a candle (battery-powered) and have them venture through the darkness searching for clues. The clues are in the form of hearts that guide guests on their adventure.”
Tickets to the haunted house (4100 Main St.) are on sale now at lincolnmillhaunt.com for $35 each or two for $65 — and all include access to the deck overlooking the Schuylkill River.