Is it just me, or do scary movies (and even mildly creepy family-friendly films) always have the best houses? Sure, the plots are meant to freak you out or give you the heebie-jeebies, but it’s also so easy to get carried away daydreaming about the homes they take place in. Some of them are so well-designed and unique and have such character that they make you wish you could live there…you know, as long as they weren’t actually haunted or whatever.
From spooky mansions in the middle of nowhere to cute, charming little homes, here are the best houses from scary—and generally Halloween-friendly—movies.
20. Poltergeist (1982)
The Poltergeist house is pretty cute…minus the haunted TV, swimming pool full of skeletons and the fact that it implodes and disappears into a portal at the end.
19. Pet Sematary (1989)
Ignore the whole zombie burial ground plot, and let’s just look at how charming the house in Pet Sematary is, with its red roof and cozy porch.
18. The Amityville Horror (1979)
Fun fact: the real Long Island house (sans creepy eye windows) that inspired the book and subsequent films actually sold last fall.
17. Halloween (1978)
No list of spooky houses would be complete without mentioning Halloween, which featured several nice homes including the Doyle house (and now currently Ally and Ivy’s home in American Horror Story: Cult), seen above.
16. Donnie Darko (2001)
This home, with its beautiful columns, may look familiar to you even if you never saw Donnie Darko—it was also used in Weird Science and Not Another Teen Movie.
15. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddie Krueger aside, this house (which is actually located in Los Angeles, though the movie takes place in Ohio) is still the kind I’d pass by on the street and feel instantly charmed.
14. Halloweentown (1998)
If Aggie Cromwell’s house from Halloweentown looks a little different (read: less festive), it’s because it’s been turned into a bed and breakfast.
13. Insidious (2010)
The film may haunt your nightmares, but that light blue trim and all the contrasting patterns is the stuff of dreams.
12. What Lies Beneath (2000)
Unfortunately, this beautiful house (that trellis!) on the water was built for the movie and torn down promptly afterwards.
11. Death Becomes Her (1992)
The mansion from Death Becomes Her is a real Tudor Revival style mansion—the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, to be exact.
10. The Others (2001)
That giant stunning—albeit haunted—mansion in The Others? It’s actually technically a castle in Cantabria, Spain, so of course it had to make the top 10.
9. Hell Night (1981)
Hell Night may be a slasher film, but the real-life California mansion looks more like a gorgeous wedding venue or the setting of a Disney movie.
8. House (1986)
Even compared to the mansions before it on this list, there’s something about this Victorian (that went up for sale in 2015 for $1.2 million, by the way) that’s beautifully witchy and I can’t help but love it.
7. Casper (1995)
Casper’s Whipstaff Manor may have been built just as a set, but it’s unique style is still worth noting. Plus, this may be the only house you actually want to be haunted.
6. When a Stranger Calls (2006)
While this modern home—especially in the middle of the woods like this—is the absolute last place I’d want to be in a horror movie, no one can deny that it’s a stunner.
5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
We may only get to see the mansion at its prime in flashbacks throughout the movie as it fell into disrepair over the years, but what we do see is pretty incredible. Oh, and bonus points for those incredible giant animal topiaries.
4. The Craft (1996)
I think about Sarah’s huge, plant-covered house from The Craft all the time—it’s too dreamy not to make the top 5.
3. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Aside from the fact that Hocus Pocus is arguably the best Halloween movie of all time, I remember being obsessed with Max and Dani’s house—especially Max’s room with the stairs to the lookout tower.
2. Beetlejuice (1988)
And of course I don’t mean after the Deetzes weird, mod makeover—the house as Barbara and Adam loved it is so cute and interesting, and most importantly, felt like a real home to them (and Lydia!).
1. Practical Magic (1998)
Feel free to disagree with me on this (there were a lot of amazing movies to choose from here!) but the house from Practical Magic will always have a special place in my heart. There just isn’t a more beautiful, witchy house out there. The porch, the endless amount of plants, the tower—it’s all wonderful.
And of course, here are a few honorable mentions that aren’t technically houses, but still deserve a shout-out thanks to their incredible design details:
The Overlook Hotel — The Shining (1980)
Between the incredible interior details (the iconic carpeting! The gold room!) and the intricate hedge maze, The Overlook deserves a mention.
Hogwarts — The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
It may be a castle/school, but it’s home to many students—and it’s truly one of the most magical places to ever exist in a movie.
Tanz Dance Academy Dormitory — Suspiria (1977)
The dormitory in Suspiria is also worth mentioning, because the colors and patterns are truly a visual masterpiece.
What’s your favorite spooky movie house? Tell us in the comments!