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Philadelphia’s scariest new haunted attraction is reopening its doors for a one-night only pop-up event on Saturday, April 29th. Lincoln Mill Haunted House presents Viktor’s Vengeance, Halfway To Halloween featuring a special spring-time haunted tour in the chamber that has been lit up in ultraviolet light and features messages from the mill’s inhabitants. Guests will descend below the streets of Manayunk into the famous mill at 4100 Main Street and follow the messages to discover what possessed Viktor Kane in the 1930s. The Lincoln Mill is haunted by many spirits, among them is the former mill owner, Viktor Kane. To discover why he conducted such evil acts, a paranormal research team will return to the mill when the spirits are very active, the halfway point to Hallow’s Eve. Be prepared to come up close and personal with the inhabitants of the mill. Warning: Proceed with caution as this experience is meant to be scary. Dozens of scare-actors will bring the experience to life. Tours leave between 6:30pm and 10:00pm, with tickets only $25 per person. All tickets include access before and after to the deck overlooking the Schuylkill River. Souvenir t-shirts are also available for only $12.00 when purchased in advance. Tickets are on sale now at www.lincolnmillhaunt.com.
“Spring has arrived but October is still six months away. For those that love horror, there aren’t many opportunities outside of the Fall season to get scared with your friends,” said Lincoln Mill Haunted House Co-Founder Jared Bilsak. “For us, it seemed like the perfect time to open up the haunted house again at the halfway mark to Halloween. The end of April and the end of October both mark the transition between seasons, but most people are only familiar with Halloween. In some parts of the world, there is a significance to the last day of April, which is referred to as the second Halloween. We wanted to tell that story.”
Viktor’s Vengeance: Halfway To Halloween will pop-up in Manayunk for one-night only. For the storyline, Lincoln Mill co-founders Jared Bilsak and Brian Corcodilos wanted to offer something different than the prior two experiences, and something more interactive. They also want to introduce new characters and continue to evolve the experience and test their creative limits.
For the new storyline, Mill is haunted by many spirits, among them is the former mill owner, Viktor Kane. To discover why he conducted such evil acts, a paranormal research team will return to the mill when the spirits are very active, the halfway point to Hallow’s Eve. The end of April marks the transition between seasons and is one of the few nights when the veil between the spirit world and ours is very thin. The chamber has been lit up in ultraviolet light to reveal unnatural activity. Since then, messages have appeared, revealing the presence of a demon and a dark truth about Viktor Kane.
For inspiration, Bilsak said, “There is a European and Scandinavian festival called Walpurgis Night that takes place on the evening of April 30th. The festival is often referred to as “the second Halloween” and it is believed to be one of the few nights when the veil between the spirit world and ours is at its thinnest. After learning more about this celebration, it seemed like the perfect time to offer a paranormal haunted house experience inside the historic Lincoln Mill. The haunted house has been lit up in ultraviolet light, providing an almost entirely different look than our past events. The theme for this event will revolve around a paranormal investigation that will explore the mill’s dark past.”
He added, “We thought there would be something interesting about taking our guests on a paranormal ghost adventure. They will venture though the attraction by following messages that have been left by the mill’s ghostly inhabitants. These messages will explore the mill’s dark past and what drove the mill’s main villain, Viktor Kane to conduct such evil acts. This experience will feature plenty of scare-actors and surprises around every corner.”
Viktor’s Vengeance: Halfway To Halloween is the third haunted experience and tour to pop-up in the former home of Mad River. Each experience connects to each other but each also has a specific story to share and new things to experience. Viktor’s Valentine in February was a complete blackout, candlelit experience that took guests on a murder mystery to discover who Viktor’s valentine and killer was. For this new springtime experience, it will be a blacklight experience with ultraviolet lights where guests will embark on a paranormal investigation – gone wrong. While Viktor’s Valentine was about his killer and lover, Viktor’s Vengeance is an unnatural force that possessed Viktor in the 1930s.
For other updates for the April experience, Bilsak said, “We have been busy making changes inside the attraction through the creation of new scenes, sets, and surprises. Specifically for the story behind this event, we installed blacklights throughout the attraction and introduced UV messages that will guide guests on their journey. The installation of new lights for this event provides a drastically different feel than what guests experienced in October.”
After Viktor’s Vengeance, haunted house fans can look forward to the main October haunt, plus there talks for a future Christmas event and there are talks of a potential escape room offerings. Bilsak said, “We are actively working on and expanding the attraction throughout the year. Next season, guests can expect a longer experience that will feature several new areas. We will also be introducing an outdoor themed part of the attraction that will tie in the Schuylkill River behind the building. We are constantly changing things up so our guests will never have the same experience twice!”
He concluded, “The Legend of Lincoln Mill is an ongoing story that will continue to evolve from year to year. This chapter of the story revolves around an evil force that has been with the mill for a long time. This force is believed to have possessed Viktor and is what caused him to conduct such evil acts. But stay tuned- as this story is just beginning!”
Tickets are on sale now and selling fast at www.lincolnmillhaunt.com for $25 each – and all include access to the deck overlooking the Schuylkill River. Souvenir t-shirts are also available for only $12.00 when purchased in advance.