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A Valentine’s Day massacre awaits for fans of a different spin on the traditional holiday dinner date among sweethearts, when Monster Mac’s Murder Manor returns for a three-day run Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16.

The Murder Manor, an elaborate and frighteningly well-done haunted house, made its debut last fall with over a month of frights held at the Klamath Basin Community Center at 707 High St. in Klamath Falls. The Murder Manor returns, with a few holiday-related tweaks, to shock and scare with a Valentine’s Day theme; where monsters may quite literally be stealing hearts.

Being offered is a dinner for two with options of beef, chicken, or a gluten-free vegetarian meal, prepared by the onsite chef. Desserts and drinks are also included. Afterward, guests will embark on a spooky excursion through the Murder Manor, with some familiar aspects for those who dared venture through last October, but enough changes to keep it fresh and entertaining.

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The Murder Manor is the brainchild of “Monster” Mac and Kristi McCune, lifelong horror movie fanatics and owners of Nerds R Us. For years, the McCunes have collected elaborate haunted house settings and macabre memorabilia, traveling around the country to seasonal haunted houses and attending an annual convention called Transworld in St. Louis — dedicated to the latest and greatest in horror fanaticism.

Throughout much of last summer McCune and his team built a haunted house within the Klamath Basin Community Center, a building that McCune is now in the process of purchasing. He plans to not only bring back Murder Manor every year, but also host a variety of themed events such as a Santa “Slay” Ride. He is also considering converting parts of the center into a year-round indoor monster-themed miniature golf course.

The inaugural Murder Manor proved to be a huge hit, encouraging McCune to continue and expand with his frightful endeavors. Much of the profits from last year’s haunted house were donated to charities such as Marta’s House domestic violence shelter, the Turtle Cove Community transitional housing project, and to benefit veteran suicide prevention, but enough net gain was made to re-invest back into more frights in store for the Klamath Basin.

Re-vamp(ir)ed manor

There are some changes being initiated in the re-vamp(ir)ed Murder Manor based on feedback received. Gone will be a scary elevator ride, replaced with a haunted doll room, as it was found that the elevator and a few other portions caused bottlenecks that created long wait times to enter. Now visitors for the Valentine’s Day exclusive may encounter a creepy cupid, curious cannibals, and crazy criminals hell-bent on capturing hearts.

Whether more holiday-themed re-openings of the Murder Manor occur is partly dependent on reaction to the current Valentine’s Day offering.

“We are trying to accommodate, and testing the waters to see if this is a good idea or not,” said Mac McCune. “We have got enough stuff to make it worthwhile, enough changes where for those who already went through there will be new surprises. It is dinner for two intended for couples, but if people want to bring a kid that’s fine too — as long as it’s their kid!”

McCune will attend Transworld in March, where he estimates purchasing around $10,000 in new costumes, sets and creepy-crawlies to add to next October’s Murder Manor and future special macabre events like the Valentine’s Dinner Massacre.

Tickets for the Valentine’s Dinner Massacre can be bought in advance at Nerds R Us, located at 426 Main St., or by calling 541-850-9543. RSVP’s are requested to gauge amount of food required for each evening’s fright-filled festivities. Advance reservations for two are $60, some walk-in space will be available for $75. Cost includes dinner, drinks, dessert, and a chillingly memorable adventure through the Murder Manor for two.

For more information visit www.nerdsrus.us or the Monster Mac’s Murder Manor Facebook page.

email kliedtke@heraldandnews.com @kliedtkeHN

Staff reporter for the Herald and News.