‘It’s Halloween. Everyone’s entitled to one good scare.’
If you’re a die-hard scary movie fan, you might recognize that line from one of the greatest and most influential slasher films of all time, the original Halloween, released in October 1978.
Directed by the legendary John Carpenter, produced by Debra Hill, and starring a then-unknown Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween managed to do something that we didn’t think was possible: make Halloween night legit scary, not just for kids, but for adults, as well.
And what better time to pay a visit to Michael Myers’ house than now, when a new Halloween movie release is right around the corner?
Sadly, Halloween Ends, coming in theaters on October 14, 2022, the 13th installment in the series, will also be the last.
After 44 years, Carpenter and Curtis are calling it a day, and hopefully, we’ll get to see the end of slasher Michael Myers once and for all.
But even as the iconic franchise comes to an end, something will live on: the creepy childhood home of Michael Myers that appears in most of the movies in the franchise.
Because yes, the house is real, and you can go over and have a look. From a safe distance, of course.
Where is Michael Myers’ house located?
The childhood home of creepy kid Michael Myers, who murders his sister for no explicable reason at the start of the original movie, is located in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. But in real life, you’ll find it in sunny California, in South Pasadena, at 1000 Mission Street.
The fictional town in the Halloween movies took its name from Haddonfield, New Jersey, where producer and screenwriter Debra Hill was born.
Sadly, or luckily, Haddonfield, Illinois, isn’t a real place, but South Pasadena in California is.
That’s where the original Halloween movie was filmed, and where the infamous home of the Myers family can be found — more precisely, at 1000 Mission Street.
The house was built in 1888, which makes it one of Pasadena’s oldest surviving duplex-style residences — possibly the oldest.
Its construction reportedly marked the arrival of settlers from Indiana to California, where they left their mark on the local architecture, blending Midwestern-centric details into the design of the homes.
That Midwestern-influenced design was one of the reasons why the house was chosen to be the fictitious home of Michael Myers in Haddonfield, Illinois.
As they were preparing to shoot the original Halloween movie in 1978, the film crew had to spruce and fix up the house, and get it ready for its on-camera debut.
The opening scenes in the movie showcase the Myers house both inside and out, as little Michael Myers murders his older sister in her upstairs bedroom.
Can you visit the Michael Myers house?
We realize that Michael Myers’ home is one of the top bucket list destinations for any true horror fan, much like Stephen King’s home in Bangor, Maine, the Stanley Hotel from The Shining, the Amityville house, or the one in The Exorcist, just to name a few.
But can you go visit the classic Halloween house?
The house you see in the original Halloween film is a real home that’s still standing today, looking pretty much the same way it looked back in 1978.
However, it’s got a new address now.
The house was originally located at 709 Meridian Avenue, and it was set to be bulldozed in 1987 to make way for a hospital.
Luckily, fans and historians rallied against this decision and the home was simply moved to a new location at 1000 Mission Street, where it still stands today.
Halloween fans can simply get off the train at the Mission Street station and there they’ll find the iconic Myers home in all its glory.
Interestingly enough, the new location means that the house is right across the street from Nichol’s Hardware store, where Laurie and Anne hang out in the movie.
What’s more, there’s no danger of the house ever facing demolition again, as it was recognized by South Pasadena as one of the city’s historic landmarks.
The Century House (as the iconic Halloween filming location has also been known), is now South Pasadena Cultural Landmark No. 34.
Sadly, you can only check out Michael Myers’ home from the outside, as the property currently houses a chiropractor’s office. Also, please remember that this is a private property and that — even though there’s no slasher Michael Myers around to get you — it’s important to respect the owners’ privacy and not tresspass.
Of course, there is another option.
If you cannot travel all the way to California just to see the Halloween house from the outside, you can always head to Hillsborough, North Carolina, and visit a life-size replica of the infamous Myers home.
The house is the personal residence of Kenny Caperton, a major horror movie fan, and he’s always eager to welcome other Halloween buffs into his home!
The end of an era: ‘Halloween Ends’
The first Halloween movie had such a huge impact on American cinema and became a trendsetter in the world of horror, slasher, and suspense movies, that it was selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The Myers home was featured in most of the Halloween franchise movies and has become instantly recognizable to any movie buff.
This October, the 13th — and sadly, the final — installment in the classic Halloween franchise will be released, and we’re hoping to revisit the Myers home one last time.
Four years after Laurie Strode confronted Michael Myers in Halloween Kills, the two are set to meet again, for the last time, and we’re all waiting with bated breath to see whether good or evil will win in the end.
A fun fact for Fancy Pants Homes readers: Kyle Richards, one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was a child actor that played the 8-year-old Lindsey Wallace in the original 1978 movie.
She reprised her role in Halloween Kills and will also be appearing in the new movie.
Save the date: the release of Halloween Ends will bring extra thrills this fall, and will be hitting theaters on October 14!
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