Not really into the whole mushy aspect of Valentine’s Day? The necessary romantic dinner, a bouquet of red roses and a box of heart-shaped chocolates?
Well, you don’t have to be.
Shake it up a bit by getting silly scares instead of falling off your feet – that’s honestly more fun, isn’t it? Two local horror and thrill businesses offer us the chance to celebrate a haunted Valentine’s Day instead of a romantic one. On February 14th, the Ghost Tour-meets-Pub-Crawl Nightly Spirits, which don’t normally have tours on Thursdays, will have one that you and your Boo can sign up for. And the following weekend, House of Torment returns for a special Valentine’s Day edition.
Nightly Spirits, a nationally produced ghost travel company, was founded in Austin last fall and runs walking tours of four downtown bars that you may not know haunted every Friday and Saturday. In addition to learning the “hair-raising story” behind each location, you will also receive a la carte specialty drinks that are sure to help ease your terror.
The Valentine’s Day tour begins February 14th at 7:30 PM and costs just $ 25 per ticket. So it’s not exactly the expensive evening the Hallmark-approved public holiday usually calls for. Book it at nightlyspirits.com/austin-ghost-tour/.
If you’re feeling even more scared the next day, the House of Torment – so important to celebrating Halloween in Austin every year – is going to turn us upside down with Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House. (Love lives, love dies. Watch out, love bites.)
In fact, there won’t be any 1980s power ballads in these halls of horror.
Instead, “love bites” takes on a whole new meaning. Here’s the premise: “Vampires have taken over House of Torment this Valentine’s Day,” according to the Love Bites website. “Your mission is simple. With the training and skills of skilled vampire hunters, defeat the creatures that lurk in front of you. Only the bravest of souls will be able to navigate the hideout of these bloodthirsty monsters.”
You have been warned. Love Bites runs for just two nights on February 15 and 16 for $ 24.99 to $ 34.99. The more expensive Fast Pass tickets will get you through the row faster to get into the haunted house. Buy your access to the Night of Secrets at valentineshauntedhouses.com/austin/.