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We all like to be scared a little bit around Halloween. I mean, that’s why we pay money to go to haunted corn mazes at night and allow people with chainsaws and axes to jump out and scare us to death, amiright? Well, if you’re looking for less of a heart attack and more of a real-life paranormal thrill, add these creepy U.S. locations to your weekend road trip list. Many of the homes were the unfortunate spot of grisly murders, and others are simply an unexplained hotbed of ghostly activity.

America’s Scariest Homes:

Amityville Horror HomePhoto by Doug Kerr

The Amityville Home: Six members of the DeFeo family were murdered in this Amityville, N.Y. home in 1974. A year after the tragedy, a family moved in but quickly moved out after reporting unexplained paranormal activity. Read More >>

Winchester Myster House

Winchester Mystery House: This 160-room Victorian home features doors that lead to nowhere, winding hallways, bizarre secret passageways and a seance room. Read More >>

The White House

The White House: Yes, the White House. For years, visitors, staff and even residents have reported seeing the ghosts of former presidents, like Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson. Recently, the Obamas have claimed to hear (and feel) strange things. Read More >>

Infamous (and Creepy) Horror Film Locations:

Since Halloween is near, I figured I’d throw in a few chilling horror film locations I’m sure you’re familiar with. They may not be technically haunted, but I bet you don’t look at them quite the same.

The Stanley Hotel - The ShiningPhoto courtesy of the Timberline Lodge

The Stanley Hotel/Timberline Lodge from The Shining: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. was the inspiration for Stephen King’s book The Shining, but director Stanley Kubrick used the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Ore. (pictured above) for exterior shots in the movie. Read More >>

Seneca Creek State Park - Blair Witch Project

Black Rock Mill in Seneca Creek State Park from The Blair Witch Project: Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, Md. is considered a place of doom in the psychological horror film The Blair Witch Project. In the film, the three students start out at the mill (pictured above) and head towards Coffin Rock, where five men were apparently ritualistically slain. Read More >>

Head over to HGTV’s FrontDoor.com to see all 12 real-life haunted homes and a full list of horror film screening locations.

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Kayla KittsKayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at...

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