Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
Discover horror-themed art, haunted hikes and connections to the Halloween movies in the neighbouring cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena, located just outside of Los Angeles.
1. Original Myers’ House
In John Carpenter’s original Halloween, a young Michael Myers started his rampage of terror at this house, which was moved from its original location to 1000 Mission St. and is designated a city cultural landmark. More than 40 years on, fans still come to pose outside the sweet-looking, now pastel-blue, clapboard house.
2. Gold Bug
This store in Old Town, Pasadena is the place to head for high-end ghoulish gifts, such as a crystal-embellished wasp comb, supernatural-inspired jewelry and vintage anatomical prints. Theodora Coleman owns the store with her parents, and delights in seeking out the most unusual items to enchant her discerning clientele.
Located behind the original Myers’ house, this gallery’s tagline is, “Where every day is Halloween.” There are creepy exhibits, horror movie screenings and the Haddonfield Room, dedicated to photography from the first two Halloween films. This month, their annual exhibit, Welcome to Haddonfield, takes over the gallery.
4. Devil’s Gate Dam
No longer operational, Devil’s Gate Dam was built in Arroyo Seco Canyon in 1920 and is notorious as the site of hauntings and occult activities. Hike into the canyon to find a graffiti-covered and gated tunnel that is located below a craggy outcrop rumoured to resemble Satan’s profile.
Pasadena By the Numbers
The number of Halloween movies made to date. The first film in the original series, and the 2007 remake, were filmed in South Pasadena.
The Oxley Street address of the house used as the home of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the original 1978 Halloween movie.
[This story appears in the October 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]