10 Dark & Unusual Valentine’s Day Ideas for Dates

Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you know what that means:

Stores are stocking up on candy, flowers, and chocolate. It’s red, white, and pink galore out there. And with Cupid’s arrival only a short couple of weeks away, you may be wondering what to do to get into the holiday spirit…

But let’s face it. Everybody celebrates with chocolate, romantic dinners, and a bouquet of roses. And not every couple finds the run-of-the-mill Valentine’s traditions all that romantic.

So, what are some ways you can shed some sweet, sweet darkness on the holiday of love? Here are 10 dark and unusual Valentine’s Day ideas for dates!


10. Take a Walk Through a Cemetery

Going for a walk may not seem like much of a date at all. But there is something special about going on a walk with someone you love… and can even be quite soul-stirring depending on where you go.

If you’re looking to escape the outside world on Valentine’s Day, visit a cemetery. You and your partner will finally get the peace and quiet you deserve. But there’s also something eerie and invigorating about cemeteries you both might enjoy. 

You may feel like you’re treading on the barrier between this life and the next. It’s not exactly grounds for the happy and bubbly feels of V-Day. But again, you and your significant other may be looking for that type of uncanny experience.

9. Nighttime Picnic

A picnic might not be one of the most creative date ideas. But it’s still a great opportunity to enjoy the company of your one and only.

So, instead of going on a picnic during the day, wait until sundown so you can bask under the stars. It’s definitely out-of-the-ordinary. And you’ll still get to enjoy all the deliciousness of picnic recipes (in the darkness, of course.)

8. Stay in & Watch a Scary Movie

Maybe you and your S.O won’t be feeling very adventurous come Valentine’s Day. So, you might opt for cuddling up on the couch with takeout and a movie.

Nothing wrong with that! But a gushy romantic movie might annoy you more than it entices you. Believe it or not, but horror and romance can make quite the coupling! So, what are the best horror movies that feature twisted romantic subplots?

Let’s start with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. What could be more romantic than Jack Torrance proclaiming he’ll bash in his wife’s brains with a bat? All while calling her his “darling” and “the light” of his life, too. Talk about romantic pet names! This is one of the scariest movie scenes of all time – and there’s plenty of others you can watch for yourself on V-Day.

Even Frankenstein got hit with Cupid’s arrow in The Bride of Frankenstein. And who could forget how much of a romantic Dracula is? So, stay in this February 14th with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the company of these on-screen, drop-dead romantics.

7. Explore an Abandoned Building

Do you and your significant other enjoy exploring the unknown? Do you often see the beauty even in decrepit, urban decay? Are you looking for fun date ideas that are free, fun, and a little bit eye-opening?

A dilapidated building may not seem as picturesque as a sunset or a beach. But there can be something beautiful about exploring the ghostly ruins of the past.

Contrary to popular belief, visiting an abandoned building can actually be rather romantic. If you and your partner love to explore, scope out your area for abandoned places. You’ll want to avoid places that explicitly say “No Trespassing.” But there are usually buildings that are otherwise permissible to visit. If you’re not sure, check with your local city and inquire about abandoned places open to the public.

While there, respect the property and don’t touch or take anything. Bring a camera, wear protective shoes, and enjoy immersing yourselves in the ghostly ruins.

6. Read Scary Stories by a Fire

You and your partner may be looking plenty forward to relaxing this Valentine’s Day. But you may be wondering what are some creative date ideas that can also help you unwind?

Cuddling with your partner by the fire makes for the quintessential romantic evening. If that sounds like the perfect way to relax, make things a bit freakier by reading a scary story together.

In the coming weeks, you and your partner can peruse scary novels, short stories, and famous urban legends. Then, choose a story that interests you both. 

Turn off all the lights, light the fire, and spark a few candles nearby so you’ll be able to read aloud together. But you might want to silence your cellphones. Should they ring, you might get a bit jumpy.

5. Dinner in the Dark

Going out to a restaurant is by far one of the most common Valentine’s day ideas for dates. After all, who wants to do dishes when you could be snuggling up with your S.O? But instead of going with the safe, go-to options, step out of your comfort zone this V-Day… and quite literally!

Dinner in the dark is a restaurant concept that you can find in almost any major city. And it’s quite simple:

You sit down and wear a blindfold. You order off the menu, engage with the person sitting across from you, and dine out in total darkness. It can be challenging, but that’s what dark dining is really all about. When you don’t have your vision, you can focus more on the texture, smell, and taste of the food. Dark dinners can help to raise awareness for blindness and visual impairment. Some restaurants may even donate the proceeds to organizations for the blind.

If you can’t find a dark dinner restaurant in your city, try it at home. You can even make things interesting by cooking your own dish and having your partner cook their own. Then, once the blindfolds go on, you’ll have no idea what the other person has whipped up for you to eat.

4. Visit a Fortune Teller

Want to look into your future this Valentine’s Day?

If you’re looking for fun date ideas, visit a fortune teller and discover what the future has in store for you. You and your partner can each have your own reading done. Or, you can have a reading completed as a couple. It’s not uncommon for fortune tellers to run couples specials on February 14th.

Tarot readings and psychic meetings certainly aren’t the same as dinner and flowers. But these experiences will definitely make for interesting conversation afterward.

3. Ear Candling & Exotic Massages

Visiting a spa and getting a massage may be just what you and your partner need to unwind this V-Day. But what if you’re also interested in unusual Valentine’s day ideas? Believe it or not, but there are lots of exotic (and downright weird) massages out there.

Imagine a 500+ pound python slithering over your back. You heard that right! In some parts of the world, python massages are an actual thing. And they certainly don’t make for the typical Swedish massage, either.

Are you and your partner fans of acupuncture? Try a cactus massage! It’s not the same as acupuncture. But you may enjoy the prickliness while the cactus hydrates your dry skin.

There’s even something known as ear candling. So, if it always seems like your partner doesn’t listen to you, a candling session can make for the perfect date!

We don’t recommend trying these at home with a do-it-yourself approach. Research which exotic massages and spa services are available in your city before V-Day rolls around.

2. Play Ouija

Are things weird enough for you yet? Are these unusual Valentine’s day ideas not quite as dark as you had hoped? We have plenty more in store, and with this next idea, you’ll give game night a whole new meaning.

Spice up this Valentine’s Day by finding your third wheel with a Ouija board. You never know whom you’ll cross paths with. Whoever you encounter, they will surely make for an interesting night.

To set the mood, dim the lights and spark a few candles. Make tea or enjoy some wine along with cheese and other appetizers. Who knows – your ghostly guest may have quite an appetite.

1. Visit the World’s Largest Haunted House

Out of all the fun date ideas you could try this Valentine’s Day, none are as thrilling as visiting a haunted house.

Visiting a haunted house… in February?

That’s right! Halloween may be over. But Cutting Edge Haunted House is opening its doors once again this Valentine’s Day… and this time, it’s out for the blood of those in love.

The Cutting Edge is among one of the largest haunted houses in the world. And it’s made plenty of room for the jilted, heartbroken lovers this February 14th and 16th. They’re searching for their lost love within the cold walls of the old meat packing warehouse. Hell’s Half Acre is a cozy spot for the bitter, cold-blooded rejected – and they’re definitely not forgiving.

So, you and your partner better watch out. If the vengeful lovers can’t catch you, the resurrected meat packing belt will try!


Fall in Love with Dark & Unusual Valentine’s Day Ideas

Candy, flowers, candlelit dinners… who needs all that? Not when you can experience the thrills of the darker side to Valentine’s Day.

With these strange Valentine’s day ideas, this V-Day will be one you’ll never forget. And if you and your significant other are big haunted house fans, come on down to the Cutting Edge. Tickets for this year’s Twisted Love event are on sale now!