By Bean Miller, video and content producer
When I was little, I wanted to be "cool" like my older brother and watch scary movies. At around the age of six, I would ask my mom if I could watch them and, of course, she’d say no.
So, what would I do? Sneak them.
My mom would be working and I’d go in the other room and watch as many minutes as I could before I heard her coming, switched it off, and hid.
I was able to sneak A Nightmare on Elm Street for Freddy Krueger just enough to watch the murder scenes. I was terrified to sleep after that.
I snuck Child's Play to see Chucky, too, which was the worst idea of all. My great-grandmother gave me this beautiful doll for my birthday and I tossed it in the attic and got rid of it the first chance I got. I was convinced I could hear it walking in the attic at night, and would lay awake thinking about all the ways it could kill me. To this day, I still regret getting rid of that doll.
My friend and I snuck IT at her house after I told her how this whole "scary movie" thing was a great idea. It wasn’t. She then made me stay in the bathroom with her while she showered for months afterward, thinking that the "drain people" were coming. The "drain people" was a hot topic of ours. In fact, we still bring it up from time to time. Those "drain people" defined our summer that year.
Sneaking scary movies led me to a whole love for Hollywood and film in general. During Halloween is when you can be super creepy and have your favorite film characters come to life. My mom, to this day, still has a life-size Freddy Krueger sit on our front porch all October long. Now, I’ve started taking it to the next level by visiting my favorite Halloween/horror film spots.
Halloween + Movies + Travel? Count me in…
I get asked all of the time what my favorite Halloween and horror films are. I could make a list of at least 50.
However, my list below consists of the ones that have scared me, made me think, I could visit, AND have sparked some sort of weird fear in me.
This is a list of my favorite Halloween/horror flicks to watch in October, accompanied by some of my favorite travel photos. Enjoy!
Clowns. (This is all I’m going to say for this one.)
This obviously isn’t a horror film… or scary. But it is perfect for those crisp fall nights where you sit on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. This movie never gets old and Salem, MA, where it was filmed, is one of my favorite places on the planet.
Bean Miller is a travel addict and video and content producer. She's constantly on the move (and takes her red DVD Netflix envelopes with her, so look for our Where in the World in this Netflix DVD posts on social media, courtesy of Bean)!