It is finally here! That spooky time of year has begun once again and it's time to queue up your favorite horror and Halloween movies. Whether you like tense thrillers, gory slasher films, or fun family-friendly flicks in the fall, there is nothing better than cozying up on the couch to rewatch old favorites. If you are a film buff, chances are you probably wish you could visit the filming locations of your top movies. Thanks to this list, now you can!
Here we have compiled the top 20 most awesome Halloween movie filming sites you can visit today. There is something about being on the location where these spooky movies were shot that will send chills up your spine. Even though you know they were fake, they will still give you the creeps! Especially once the trees lose their leaves and there is a chill in the air. Some of these places look nothing like they did in the films that made them famous, while others have barely changed. Just keep in mind that some of these sites are now private property, so be respectful when taking your photos and exploring. Keep reading to plan your spooky movie pilgrimage!
20 20. The Monroeville Mall (Dawn of the Dead)
The 1978 film Dawn of the Dead is one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. There is nothing like fearing being eaten by zombies when you're doing your everyday shopping! Fans will remember that in the movie, people tried to hide out from the zombies in a shopping mall. Director George Romero shot this horror classic at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA. You can still visit this mall, located outside of Pittsburgh, today because it continues to thrive as a shopping center. Clearly, someone has a sense of humor because you can also play a game of zombie laser tag there!
19 19. Evans City Cemetery (Night of the Living Dead)
Fans of the horror movie genre have definitely seen the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. It kick-started our obsession with zombies and is still super scary decades later. It was also the first of George Romero's many zombie movies yet considered one of his best. If you want to feel delightfully scared, visit the filming location for the movie's opening scenes, the Evans City Cemetery. Here you will still find the creepy old chapel and Nicholas Kramer's gravestone, which Barbara clings to in terror. Cemeteries are always kind of spooky but add in the fear of seeing zombies pop up and it's a real thriller!
18 18. Crystal Lake Diner (Friday the 13th)
You can't talk about Halloween movies without mentioning the Friday the 13th franchise. You may remember at the beginning of the original film that a counselor named Annie stops by a diner to ask for directions to Camp Crystal Lake. In eerie foreshadowing, someone warns her to stay away but of course, she doesn't listen. There wouldn't be a movie if she had! Fans of the film can still grab a bite to eat (and maybe a picture) at the diner today. Located in Blairstown, NJ, this establishment is actually named the Blairstown Diner, not the Crystal Lake Diner, but it will give you spooky vibes nonetheless.
17 17. Nancy and Glen's Houses (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
If you love being scared out of your wits, you probably enjoy watching the 1984 movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. This movie and its sequels have made generations of young people afraid to fall asleep at night. Send shivers up your spine the same as you felt the first time you watched the movie by making a visit to Los Angeles. Here you will find the homes of the movie's main character Nancy and her friend Glen. The homes are actually located right across the street from one another and look almost identical to how they appeared in the movie!
16 16. The Overlook Hotel (The Shining)
Maybe you prefer psychological horror over jump scares. If so, you have surely seen 1980's The Shining. With a story adapted from a Stephen King novel and directed by Stanley Kubrick, this film is wonderfully weird and bizarre. The Overlook Hotel, where the main characters must live out the winter in isolation and deal with the resort's spirits, was created on a soundstage for interiors, but fans can visit the filming location of its exterior shots. The Timberline Lodge in Oregon looms on Mount Hood and is sure to give you scary flashbacks of the film, especially the scene where Jack chases Danny through the hedge maze!
15 15. The Stairs (The Exorcist)
The Exorcist is often considered one of the scariest movies of all time. People screamed and fainted in the movie theater when it came out in 1973 and it's gotten no less scary. One of the film's most iconic scenes is when Father Karras gets possessed by Regan's demon and throws himself out a window and down a steep set of stairs to his death. To see these spooky stairs and Regan's house, head to the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Just be sure to watch out for the Georgetown University track teams, which use the steps for cardio training!
14 14. The Bramford Building (Rosemary's Baby)
In the 1968 movie Rosemary's Baby, Mia Farrow's character moves into an eerie apartment building with her husband, only to accidentally conceive a child with Satan himself. Known as the Bramford in the film, this building is actually the Dakota, located in Manhattan, New York City. Because it is full of private residences, you probably won't be able to get a peek inside, but take your spooky photo outside instead. Did you know that John Lennon and Yoko Ono actually lived here? This is actually the site where Lennon was shot in 1980. There are so many reasons to visit this location.
13 13. The Myers House (Halloween)
The 1978 movie Halloween, directed by John Carpenter, is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made. It launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis and inspired many sequels and remakes. If you are not familiar, the film follows teens who try to stop Michael Myers, an escaped mental patient who had killed his family and is now terrorizing his old neighborhood on Halloween night. The Myers house that was used for filming has since been moved across the street from its original location and now serves as office space for various businesses. It doesn't look very scary nowadays, but it's fun for fans to visit!
12 12. Leatherface's House (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
The gory 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is still considered one of the scariest and disturbing horror films out there. When a group of teens drives through the country to visit one girl's grandfather's grave, they stop at a house to ask for a gas tank fill-up. Instead of friendly people, they find a family full of cannibals! Today you can visit Leatherface's house, though its current owners had it moved from Red Rock to Kingsland, Texas. The house is currently called the Grand Central Café, so it's a great place to grab a bite to eat after your photo op.
11 11. The Gas Station (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
At the beginning of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the teens try to stop for gas at a gas station but are told they are all out. The gas station is decidedly creepy and became "Bilbo's Texas Landmark" after the film for a number of years. Today, it serves as a restaurant with a cheeky "We Slaughter Barbecue" sign as well as a souvenir shop. The new owners even built four cabins where horror fans can stay overnight. Though with the spooky vibes from the movie and the emptiness of the area, I doubt you will get any sleep!
10 10. Old Town Hall (Hocus Pocus)
Not every awesome Halloween movie is scary! If you're a 90s kid like me, you have probably watched the Disney classic Hocus Pocus at least once. This movie follows 3 witches who are released into modern times when a kid accidentally opens their spell book. A visit to Salem, MA gives fans of the film tons of opportunities to see where the movie was filmed. One of the most iconic scenes of the movie, the Town Hall Halloween party where the witches cast a spell on everyone, was filmed at Salem's Old Town Hall. Even if you haven't watched the film, it's a gorgeous historic building to explore!
9 9. Colonial Salem (Hocus Pocus)
Another awesome Hocus Pocus filming location you can visit today is the Salem Pioneer Village. This was the country's first living museum and stood in for colonial Salem in the film's opening scenes. Visit here to see the place where Thackery Binx lived before being cursed to live as a cat for all time! If you do want to explore this location, keep in mind that it is open for full tours from June to September, but does offer special events during the month of October so you can get your spooky on! The Pioneer Village is a great way to relive a favorite movie and learn something in the process.
8 8. Halloweentown (Halloweentown)
As a 90s kid, the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown is a must-watch each October. It follows a young witch who has just discovered her powers who visits her grandmother's spooky place of residence. In Halloweentown, every day is October 31st and the residents include skeletons, vampires, and ghouls! Each fall, the town of St. Helens, Oregon, where the movie was filmed, holds the Spirit of Halloweentown festival to honor the cult classic. You can experience fun activities like Museum of Oddities and haunted houses, as well as the Jack-o-Lantern lighting ceremony in front of City Hall. Don't forget to grab some swag at the gift shop!
7 7. The Bates Motel (Psycho)
You can't talk about Halloween and horror movies without mentioning Alfred Hitchcock. Perhaps his best known film, Psycho, follows a mentally deranged man who disguises himself as his mother and murders guests at the hotel they run. The premise was also made into a recent TV series called Bates Motel. Fans of the movie can visit the original house and motel sets in Universal City, California, but for a price. The sets are nestled in Universal Studios Hollywood so you will need to buy a theme park ticket for a photo op with them. It's worth it if you love the film!
6 6. The Woods (The Blair Witch Project)
The Seneca Creek State Park located in Gaithersburg, MD would be great for anyone's fall stroll. But if you are a fan of the 1999 movie The Blair Witch Project, these woods take on new meaning. This "found footage" horror film follows three college students who try to film proof of the Blair Witch, a spirit that supposedly haunts the area. Today locals often maintain creepy set-ups from the film including hanging things from trees and piling up stones. Visit this place in the dark for a real scare! The woods are always scary at night, but even more so if you are on the lookout for a spirit.
5 5. Bodega Bay (The Birds)
Another iconic Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, has made generations of horror fans afraid of the most everyday animals. In the movie, the main character Melanie Daniels is attacked by a flock of birds in a pretty seaside town. This movie was filmed on location in Bodega Bay, CA and the nearby town of Bodega. Here you will find a number of the movie's filming locations including a school, restaurant, and more. Visit for the horror movie nostalgia, but stay for the gorgeous beaches and small-town vibes! It's the perfect day stop on a trip to Northern California.
4 4. Louis' House (Interview With the Vampire)
While some of the filming locations on this list are frankly not much to see and others are downright creepy, this one is actually beautiful. In Interview With The Vampire, Brad Pitt's character Louis de Pointe du Lac was a 1700s plantation owner before he became a vampire. Hence, his home is grand and gorgeous. The actual location, the Oak Alley Plantation located in Vacherie, Louisiana, now serves as a hotel and restaurant. While being the filming location for a horror movie is scary enough, the horrors of slavery that this place saw will send a chill up your spine, too.
3 3. Peg's House (Edward Scissorhands)
Like most Tim Burton films, Edward Scissorhands is the perfect mix of creepy, weird, sweet, and cute. In it, Johnny Depp plays an artificial man with scissors in place of hands but who is extremely gentle and kind. The film contrasts Edward's gloomy mansion to the candy-colored suburban neighborhood where his new friends live. This flick was filmed on location in Lutz, FL, a suburb of Tampa, but looks nothing like in the movie today. You can still see Peg's house and the others in the neighborhood, but the homes have been painted over to look more "normal."
2 2. The DeFeo House (The Amityville Horror)
The Amityville Horror is a true crime that has sparked tons of movie adaptations as well as a book. In 1974, a 23-year-old man shot and killed his entire family in their home in Amityville, a neighborhood on Long Island, NY. A new family then moved into the house the next year and reportedly experienced horrifying paranormal happenings. Though the original 1979 movie wasn't filmed in the real house, you can visit the stand-in house in Toms River, NJ. It is just a normal-looking home but if you know the story, visiting here will definitely give you the creeps!
1 1. The Bridge (Stand By Me)
While Stand By Me is not a horror movie by any means, it definitely is full of intense, thrilling, and even spooky moments. Plus it is based on the Stephen King short story "The Body." Fans of the film will remember the iconic scene where the group of young male friends decides to go on an impromptu camping adventure, only to be caught on a high railroad bridge at the same time as a train. Just like when the movie came out in 1986, the Lake Britton Bridge looms high in Burney, CA. Try to cross it if you dare!