IT’S HALLOWEEN MONTH, FRIENDS. That means you have a full agenda ahead of you: selecting a pumpkin for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern, filling your belly with all of the fall-themed treats you can get your hands on, and of course, watching horror movies. If you’re hoping to select some spookier activities to make your month feel ~hauntingly~ festive, here’s an idea: Why not visit real-life classic horror movie locations IRL?
Here are 10 spooky real-life horror movie locations you can actually visit:
1Timberline Lodge from The Shining
The Shining, one of Stephen King’s most famous on-screen adaptations, was filmed at Timberline Lodge in Oregon. You can head there for a non-spooky day on the slopes, or visit for a number of Shining-related tours and activities the lodge puts on for guests.
2The stairs from The Exorcist
One of the most recognizable locations in The Exorcist is the set of stairs where Father Karras took his infamous tumble. You can head there for yourself in Washington D.C., but you might run into the Georgetown Track Team (they use the steps for training).
3The house from Nightmare on Elm Street
Nightmare on Elm Street wasn’t actually filmed on an Elm Street. The famous house actually sits on a quiet street in West Hollywood.
4Black Rock Mill from The Blair Witch Project
The majority of The Blair Witch Project was filmed in Maryland’s Seneca Creek State Park. Black Rock Mill sits at the base of the trail where the characters set off to find the witch.
5The house from Amityville Horror
Perhaps one of America’s most infamous horror stories, the Amityville horror house still exists, though it has since been remodeled its address has been changed to 108. The 1979 film wasn’t actually filmed there, but at a house (pictured above) built to resemble the original in Tom’s River, New Jersey.
6Buffalo Bill’s house from Silence of the Lambs
The house in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, was actually put up for sale this year.
7Michael Myers’ home from Halloween
Though the 1978 film, which brought slasher films into the mainstream, supposedly took place in Illinois, it was actually filmed in Pasadena.
8The gas station from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The creepy, run-down gas station from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre exists in real life. The actual location in Bastrop, Texas had gone out of business and sat abandoned with bars on the window to keep die-hard fans from trying to get in. Now, however, The Last Chance Gas Station has been restored, turned into a horror themed-BBQ joint and film memorabilia shop called, simply, The Gas Station.
9The house from Poltergeist
Most of Poltergeist was filmed in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The main house in the film — where a regular family lives today — sits in a normal-as-can-be neighborhood in Simi Valley, California.
10The Evans City Cemetery from Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead essentially created the zombie genre in film — and you can visit the cemetery featured in the movie’s opening scene in Evans City, Pennsylvania.