Take a virtual Halloween tour of creepy horror movie film locations in Southern California

“American Horror Story” Murder House Weschester Place, Los Angeles (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) 

“American Horror Story” Murder House

Westchester Place, Los Angeles

Used as “the murder house” for the first season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” this Victorian-style behemoth definitely puts out some creepy vibes. It’s a gorgeous house with stunning stained glass windows. Since it’s still used as a filming location, it is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence to keep fans off the lawn.

“A Nightmare On Elm Street” Nancy Thompson House N. Genesee Ave., Los Angeles (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) 

“A Nightmare On Elm Street” Nancy Thompson House 

N. Genesee Ave., Los Angeles

Although it was the centerpiece in one of the most iconic slasher movies of the ’80s, this little tucked-away, two-story home is actually adorable. In 1984, it was the home of Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) in the Wes Craven horror film, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” where she fought off knife-gloved villain,

Some of the most frightening horror scenes were filmed right here in Southern California.

With Halloween events canceled or modified for social distancing this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one way to enjoy the season would be to stay at home and take a virtual tour of locations used in horror movies, TV series and an iconic video for a COVID-safe experience.

Sean Clark is an Orange County-based writer, producer, talent agent and horror location expert who created the “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” YouTube series. He’s done research and given tours of horror filming locations, especially those in John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, “Halloween,” he’s been featured on the bonus content for several of the “Halloween” Blu-ray releases.

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Clark said a lot of these iconic locations were chosen because they had a Midwestern, small-town vibe — despite actually being in bustling Southern California.

“In North Hollywood where the babysitter houses in ‘Halloween’ are located, it has those trees that sort of engulf the entire street. So when you turn off of Sunset, it’s like you’re in a different state,” he said. “When you’re watching the movie, it’s so hard to believe that Sunset Boulevard is right up the street.”

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Though these locations are iconic because of their place in horror cinema history, most are not public spaces and are owned by real people. So here’s a way to look at the homes, soak up the nostalgia online and not disturb the homeowners. If you do happen to cruise by the sites, please keep your distance and be respectful of people and property.

“Imagine if you had to deal with that constantly, every day. I can see how that could get old,” Clark said.

“Some people totally embrace it and some are kind of negative about it,” he said of his experience filming his “Horror’s Hallowed Ground” episodes. “The people that live in The Strode house [from ‘Halloween’] are so nice. They even put pumpkins out so fans can pose with them.”

OK, ready? Make sure there’s no one looming behind you in a mask and let’s go on a virtual tour of some of the most famous horror houses of movies, TV and music video fame in Southern California.

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“American Horror Story” Murder House Weschester Place, Los Angeles (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) 

“American Horror Story” Murder House

Westchester Place, Los Angeles

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