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As Halloween approaches, there’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by watching scary movies. This year, instead of watching a scary movie, visit and explore the locations that brought these haunting films to life.

If zombies are your monster of choice, then visit the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA where the cult classic “Dawn of the Dead” was filmed. The Monroeville Mall served as the primary film location for the movie and is still a functioning mall complete with Zombieburgh Lazer Tag.

In South Pasadena, CA see the house that was used as Michael Myer’s infamous home in the 1978 movie “Halloween.” Although the movie was set in Haddonfield, IL, the movie was actually filmed in South Pasadena, CA. The house has moved from its original location, but it is still the house that Michael Myer’s once lived and committed his first act of horror. It now sits on private property, but you can still walk or drive by this former movie set to snap a picture.

If you want to visit a film set then ride a rollercoaster or two after, check out Universal Studios Hollywood. This theme park offers a studio tour where you will visit The Bates Motel film set from Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Psycho.” Just make sure to watch out for Norman Bates!

Located in Georgetown, Washington D.C., walk up or down the steps where Father Karras fell to his death in “The Exorcist.” “The Exorcist” steps attracted so many of tourists that in 2015 the steps were declared a Washington, D.C. tourist site by Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Philadelphia offers more than fascinating exhibits, this museum was also a filming location for the Academy Award winning movie, “The Silence of the Lambs.” The museum was used to film various scenes including the scene where Clarice meets with the entomologist to identify the type of moth found inside one of Buffalo Bill’s victims.

When you visit New York make sure to stop by The Dakota which was used in the film “Rosemary’s Baby.” The Dakota was used as the exterior shots of “The Bramford” which is where some characters lived, including Rosemary. This famous apartment building was not only used in the film but was also the location where Jon Lennon was tragically shot.


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