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5 scary movie houses and hotels in the USA that you can actually book

Because who wouldn’t want to sleep in a room with vampires and ghosts?

Written by
Emilee Lindner
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Have you ever watched a film where a knife-wielding predator hunts down clueless victims in a remote house and thought to yourself, “I need to book that place for a vacation!” Shockingly, you’re not alone: horror lovers from around the globe can sleep in the same rooms featured in their favorite scary films and TV shows. From The Shining to Scream, here are just a few of the famous houses and hotels featured in Halloween’s most classic horror movies that you can book—if you dare.

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Scary movie houses and hotels in the USA

This year, horror fans can rent the Scream’ house in honor of the satirical slasher movie’s 25th anniversary and upcoming 2022 reboot. The listing, hosted by Sheriff Dewey Riley himself (a.k.a. David Arquette), was available for three stays in October courtesy of Airbnb. It quickly sold out (duh), but a handful of lucky fans will also get the chance to experience the Scream house over Halloween weekend. The Airbnb’s is mostly preserved from the film shoot, which means you’ll find knife marks and a smattering of bloodstains throughout the house. No word on whether there’s a landline, but hopefully no one calls to ask: “Do you like scary movies?” 

Rates start at $5 per night

Okay, so it’s a little more cringy than creepy, but there are in fact vampires in Twilight, are there not? Anyway, you can spend the night in Bella’s home just outside Portland (the story is based in Forks, Washington, but the movie was mostly filmed a few hours south in Oregon). The 1930's home boasts Charlie Swan’s dining room table (used in the movie) and Bella’s bedroom as key highlights for Twi-hard fans. There are even cardboard cutouts of Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner hanging around if you want to recreate your favorite scenes. But if you want to stay here, be patient — even 13 years after the movie came out, the Twilight Swan House tends to book out a year in advance.

Rates start at $436 per night

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Hotels that inspired ‘The Shining’
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Hotels that inspired ‘The Shining’

If you’re a fan of The Shining, you’ve got options. While most of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film was shot on a soundstage in England, you’ll find several hotels throughout the country with connections to the film. First up is the Timberline Lodge (rates from $240) in Mt. Hood, Oregon, where Kubrick filmed exterior shots of the movie’s Overlook Hotel (there’s no Room 237, however — while it was originally Room 217 in Stephen King’s novel, the lodge asked Kubrick to switch the number so future guests wouldn’t be too spooked to stay). Next, head to California's The Ahwahnee (rates from $518) in Yosemite National Park, a grand lodge that inspired the Overlook Hotel’s interior sets (there’s no mistaking the red doors on the elevators). Still not enough? You can also stay at The Stanley Hotel (rates from $329), Stephen King’s inspiration for the novel in Estes Park, Colorado.

While movie and TV adaptations of the Lizzie Borden story depict different versions of her home in Fall River, Massachusetts, the only accurate version is the actual site of the infamous axe murders in 1892. Now a spooky B&B, The Lizzie Borden house looks much like it would have in the late 19th century, with period furnishings and artifacts from the notorious case. If you’re too afraid to spend the night, you can take a ghost tour, which offers a glimpse of the basement (where it’s believed the murder weapon was hidden but never found). Not afraid to stay the night? Book the Andrew & Abby suite, the upstairs room where Abby Borden’s head was smashed to pieces. Lovely.

Rates start at $247 per night

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If you’re into the spooky theme but not actually big on terror, go for something PG: Ghostbusters, the 1984 comedy (the highest-grossing comedy at the time) has a few scenes that were filmed at The Biltmore Los Angeles. This wasn’t the grand hotel’s only cameo—the Beaux Arts-style building and interior makes appearances in tons of other films, like Beverly Hills Cop and Cruel Intentions—but it’s likely the most disastrous. In the movie, the hotel’s ballroom (in real life, the hotel’s ornate lobby) is destroyed as the Ghostbusters capture ​​a Full Roaming Vapor named Silmer (which normal people call a ghost) known to haunt the 12th-floor. Luckily, the hotel is still intact, luxurious, and ready for its next close-up.

Rates start at $139 per night

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