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17 Real-Life Places Every Horror Fan Should Visit Before They Die

Beware: Scares ahead. 👻

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1. This iconic building in South Pasadena, California, was featured in John Carpenter's 1978 slasher film Halloween.

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The house is right next to the SugarMynt Gallery which hosts an annual Halloween exhibit called "Welcome to Haddonfield."

2. The Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles, California, served as the ghost-filled Harmon family home in American Horror Story: Murder House.

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Where you at, Tate Langdon?!

3. In New Orleans you'll find the Buckner Mansion that was featured on American Horror Story: Coven as Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.

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Channel your inner Supreme and wear your best all-black outfit, plus a hat to match, of course.

4. The magnificent Longue Vue House and Gardens, which you might recognize as Dandy Mott's family home in American Horror Story: Freak Show, is also located in New Orleans.

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Ticketing information for daily tours of the grounds can be found here.

5. In West Hollywood, you'll find the home where Freddy Krueger haunted Nancy Thompson's dreams in the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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The legendary home sold for $2.1 million in 2013 after undergoing full renovations.

6. Just across the street you'll see the home of Johnny Depp's character, Glen Lantz, that was featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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This was Depp's first major role in a film.

7. Spend a night at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which inspired Stephen King's horrifying novel The Shining.

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For those who dare, you can spend the night in room 217, just like Stephen King, to see what ghostly happenings arise.

8. Additionally, movie buffs will appreciate a visit to the rustic Timberline Lodge in Northern Oregon, which is where parts of the 1980 film adaptation of The Shining was shot.

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If you're hoping to stay overnight in Room 237, you'll be out of luck because it doesn't actually exist IRL. Director Stanley Kubrick didn't want to scare away future resort guests.

9. You'll recognize New Jersey's Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco as the infamous Camp Crystal Lake from Friday the 13th.

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Although the camp is privately owned by the Boy Scouts of America, public tours are offered from time to time so Friday the 13th fans can visit this iconic location.

10. Take a trek to Universal Studios Hollywood for a behind-the-scenes studio tour where you'll see Norman Bates's ominous home from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

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The studio tour consists of 13 city blocks across four acres with stops at the War of the Worlds wreckage and an encounter with Jaws.

11. And don't forget to ~check in~ for a stay at the Bates Motel for a chilling good time as your studio tour rolls on.

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You might even catch a glimpse of Norman while you're passing by.

12. Explore the mysterious twists and turns within the massive Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, which inspired the 2018 film Winchester.

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There are numerous tours offered year-round ranging from estate tours, flashlight tours, and candlelight tours of this allegedly haunted property.

13. You'll feel like you just walked into The Fog when you visit Point Reyes Lighthouse in Inverness, California, which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.


The lighthouse is owned by the National Park Service and guests can check out other activities like kayaking, hiking, and bicycling in the area.

14. Tour the beautiful halls of the Doheny Mansion in Los Angeles, California, which was one of the backdrops in the 2009 film Drag Me to Hell.

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Other movies including The Notebook and Princess Diaries have also been filmed on the property.

15. The Dakota, an architecturally-stunning apartment complex on New York City's Upper West Side, was featured in the 1968 horror flick Rosemary's Baby.

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John Lennon lived at The Dakota from 1973–1980, before he was killed there.

16. Stop by Georgetown in Washington D.C. to snap a photo with these terrifyingly famous stairs from 1973's The Exorcist.

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This is where the famous scene of Father Karras falling down the stairs was filmed. The MacNeil home from The Exorcist is also located in Georgetown.

17. Finally, Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, was home to Brad Pitt's character Louis in the 1994 film Interview With a Vampire.

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Many other productions like Ghost Hunters and Beyoncé's "Déjà Vu" music video were also filmed at the property.