Top 10 filming locations to visit for Halloween

Fancy a scare during the scariest party of the year? Visit these 10 of the most terrifying must-see places on the big and small screen.

Fancy a little Halloween terror?

Halloween is a pagan festival that is celebrated on the eve of All Saints’ Day, the day of the dead. It’s a very popular event associated with candy collection and the famous “Trick or Treat?” phrase is also a time to dress up and watch horror movies for a grueling night of horror. Here are 10 places to visit absolutely to get into this gloomy but terribly delicious atmosphere.

1. The Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington (USA) – The Innkeepers

Yankee Pedlar Inn
Yankee Pedlar Inn – Wikimedia Commons photo by Doncram

What better set for a horror movie than a haunted hotel? Telling the story of an old inn taken over by an enterprising young couple, The Innkeepers chose its location very well, to say the least, with the allegedly haunted Yankee Pedlar Inn. Legend has it that the first owner, Alice Conley, died in room 353 and since then paranormal activities have continued to occur. During the filming, even Ti West, the director, who is skeptical about spirit manifestations, confessed to having witnessed many inexplicable events: a television set switching on and off, doors slamming, flickering lights… Charming.

Address: 93 Main St, Torrington, Connecticut, USA

2. Bisham Manor in LaGrange (USA) – The Haunting of Hill House

An impressive series is an impressive series. The famous house where the children of the Crain family grew up and which they hastened to leave on the night of their mother’s death, is actually the Bisham Manor. It owes its name to the manor house located in England, in the county of Berkshire, and built in 1260. The co-owner of the American manor is the descendant of Margaret Pole, born Margaret Plantagenet. The latter used to retreat to this Tudor-style manor house, which had hosted many Earls of Salisbury as well as Queen Elizabeth I. Royal.

Address: 1901 Old Youngs Mill Rd, LaGrange, Georgia, USA

3. Overlook Hotel, various locations in the United States – The Shining

Timberline Lodge, Oregon
Timberline Lodge, Oregon – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Kkmd

Here no precise location since to represent the Overlook hotel, two different hotels have been used. The first is the Timberline Lodge located on Mount Hood in Oregon. The exterior of this hotel is the one seen in the film to materialize the famous hotel. However, the interior was filmed at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite Park, California. A third hotel may appear in this list, since in reality Stephen King, the author of the book that inspired the film, was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado. So many destinations!

4. Michael Myers’ house in Pasadena (USA) – Halloween

Michael Myers House - Halloween
Michael Myers House – Halloween

Maybe the ultimate Halloween movie. In this terrible horror film directed by John Carpenter, a psychopath named Michael Myers has fun chasing teenagers in disguise at the famous street party in Haddonfield, Illinois. Despite this very precise location, this murderer’s childhood home is actually located in Pasadena. Something to get lost in.

Address: 1000 Mission St, South Pasadena, California, USA

5. Stairs in Washington (USA) – The Exorcist

Careful you don’t break your teeth like Father Karras did. Grim and steep, these stairs have everything to give you goose bumps, without even knowing the terrible scene in the film. These steps have been so influential that they are now nicknamed “The Exorcist steps”. Watch your step!

Address: Prospect St NW, Washington, USA

6. Fire station in New York (USA) – Ghostbusters 1 and 2

Ghostbusters HQ
Ghostbusters HQ – Photo credit: Fantrippers

I mean, the movie’s not very scary, but it’s perfect for Halloween. This place, which can be seen many times in Ivan Reitman’s two films, still exists. Located in Tribeca, south of Manhattan, the easily recognizable building is a fire station called Hook and Ladder 8. For the record, the barracks almost closed in 2011 due to budget cuts, but the mobilization of the inhabitants, who are very attached to this building dating back to 1895, made it possible to keep it in operation.

Close to the World Trade Center, its firefighters were among the first to respond to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and a sign in the entrance exposes some phones exhumed from the rubble of Ground Zero. On the spot, the links with Ghostbusters still exist! First, on the sidewalk, a huge logo has been drawn, linking the logo of the ghost hunters and the firemen, while inside, the sign of Ghostbusters 2 ! The firemen are very welcoming and, when they are not in intervention, they gladly take a break with the numerous tourists visiting the place. However, don’t expect to find the entire ghost hunters’ headquarters, as the interior scenes were shot in a disused Los Angeles barracks! So, who are you gonna call?

Address: 14 N Moore St, New York, USA

7. Bates Motel in Los Angeles (USA) – Psycho

The Motel where the terrifying shower scene takes place, probably one of the most famous in the cinema, is actually a house located in Universal City. This huge Universal Studios property includes the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, a recreation center, a concert hall, studios and many movie sets. No way to take a shower there.

Address: Universal Studios, Hollywood, California, USA

8. Casey’s house in Glen Ellen (USA) – Scream

Casey's house in Glen Ellen - Scream
Casey’s house in Glen Ellen – Scream

Among the sets of Halloween fictions, the house of Casey Becker in Scream is one of the most frightening. As she prepares to watch a horror movie, young Casey plays with her boyfriend’s life, answering questions from a terrifying individual who threatens to kill him if she doesn’t give the right answers on the horror feature films. By making a mistake, the young woman condemns them both. The town of Woodsboro is fictional, but the house does exist, in Glen Ellen. A word of advice before you go, revise your classics!

Address: 7420 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Glen Ellen, California, USA

9. Perron House in Currie (USA) – Conjuring

Inspired by real facts, Conjuring is a reference in horror cinema. For the Perron family’s house, a property in North Carolina was used. In spite of this, multiple paranormal events occurred during the filming. A mysterious fire, James Wan’s dog, the director’s dog, growling at an invisible presence, or a wind rising when the Perron family visited the film set, but which left the trees abnormally motionless? So many curious facts that have contributed to the legend of the film. Creepy things happen.

Address: 405 Canetuck Rd, Currie, North Carolina, United States

10. Max and Dani’s house in Salem (USA) – Hocus Pocus

This movie is not scary, but it’s set on Halloween and in a particular town. Max Dennison lit a candle to revive three Salem witch sisters, all in order to win the heart of the beautiful Alisson. It is not insignificant that this town was chosen for this film, since it was here that the trial of the Salem witches took place in 1692. 25 people were executed as a result of this world-famous witch hunt, which is still being conducted as a tourist attraction today. Oddly enough, you won’t be attending any ballet in this town.

Address: 4 Ocean Ave. Salem, Massachusetts, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Friday, October 19, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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