If you’re anything like us, you love a good horror flick — especially around this festive time of year. If curated haunted houses just don’t do it for you anymore, why not take a walk on the wild side and see where some of the creepiest scenes from your favorite horror films took place? From the haunted hotel in The Shining to the narrow staircase of death in The Exorcist to the Bates Motel set from Psycho, let us be your ghoulish guide through all things spooky scary!

The Timberline Lodge in Oregon, The Shining

Though it was the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado that inspired Steven King to write his infamous horror flick, it was the Timberline Lodge near Mount Hood in Oregon that was used for the filming of the ride to the hotel and for some exterior shots as well. Unlike the characters in the film, you can kick back and relax at the always-in-season lodge, which offers activities year round. Just make sure you don’t get cabin fever!

Georgetown, Washington D.C., The Exorcist

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Watch out for joggers! Though these narrow steps are where Father Karras infamously met his ultimate demise, it is not unlikely that you’ll run into the Georgetown track and field team training on these steep steps. Check out the plaque that marks the spot as a place lodged in film history. The stairs are located at the corner of Prospect and 36th, leading down to M Street in Washington, D.C.

Hollywood, California, A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Just off of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California lies Nancy’s house that was infamously terrorized in A Nightmare on Elm Street. In Wes Craven’s famous slasher film, Freddy Krueger haunts a bunch of Midwestern teens… via their dreams. See the actual house and feel free to take pictures! The family who lives there right now renovated the house to be an exact replica from the outside and welcome visitors to snap a commemorative pic.

Oakley Court Hotel in Berkshire, England, Rocky Horror Picture Show

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The Oakley Court Hotel in England has been used for many a British horror film — though its most notable occupant was definitely Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the hauntingly fun joyride that is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though not technically a horror flick, the idea of being chased around in our whitey tighties by Tim Curry probably counts as something of a fright.

Pasadena, California, Halloween

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Yes, the house where Michael Myers once lived and killed is now a converted office building. With a more cheerful paint job and (thankfully) devoid of any murdered bodies, visitors can still spot the house on a quiet street in Pasadena, California.

The Dakota Building in New York, Rosemary’s Baby

This beautiful building sits on the Upper West Side in New York, nestled up close to Central Park. Home to the rich and famous in real life, the space doubled as the Bramfield building in Rosemary’s Baby for exterior shots. The building has also seen horror in reality: this was the place that beloved Beatle John Lennon was shot in 1980.

Blairstown, New Jersey, Friday the 13th

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The Blairstown Diner (or, as some might know it, the Crystal Lake Diner) was the spot where the owner of Camp Crystal Lake spends the evening as Jason terrorizes the camp counselors. The diner is always happy to have avid fans stop by — just be sure to mention that Jason sent you!

Seneca Creek State Park in Maryland, The Blair Witch Project

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Fancy a night in these haunted woods? Horror classic The Blair Witch Project was filmed in these creepy woods in Maryland’s Seneca Creek State Park. If you visit, we recommend taking much more than just one shaky camera to get you through the night.

Universal Studios Hollywood in California, Psycho

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If you find yourself on the studio tour in Universal Studios Hollywood, keep an eye out for the Bates Motel set. Complete with the Bates house lording over the flat motel, an actor with knife in hand also chases the tour bus to give you some good old-fashioned Hollywood chills.

Amityville, New York, The Amityville Horror

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The movie, which is based off the supposed true story of a family that moved into the house where six actual murders were committed in 1974, uses some footage of the house in Long Island. While the history is truly terrifying, nowadays the only horrific thing that’s been reported by the residents are horror fans ringing the doorbell and sprinting away. Charming.

Bellwood Quarry, Georgia, Stranger Things and The Walking Dead

If you haven’t binged Stranger Things yet, stop reading this and go do that. If you have, then you’ll probably recognize the Bellwood Quarry as where Will’s “body” was found, as well as where Eleven saves Mike. The setting has also been used to shoot scenes in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and The Walking Dead.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Jaws

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Amity Island, the small beach town that has an unexpected and rather hungry guest haunt its shores in the 70s, is actually Martha’s Vineyard in sleepy Massachusetts. The film, surprisingly, helped out tourism a ton — actually tripling it!  Guess any press is good press, eh? We won’t be swimming off of those shores anytime soon, though.

Monroeville Mall, Pennsylvania, Dawn of the Dead

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Filmed at the Monroeville Mall in — you guessed it — Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Dawn of the Dead is seminal work from the golden age of zombie horror flicks. The freakiest part? The film crew did it all during night shifts. Filming took place when the mall was closed: from 10 pm to 6 am. Scary!

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Which horror film location are you itching to get to before the Halloweekend? Tell us in the comments below! 

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