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Friday April 19th 2019

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Myers house, Mission Street, Pasadenad
The old Myers house – Mission Street, Pasadena | Photograph Peter Paulsen

Although the Doyle and Wallace houses in John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween can be found in Hollywood, many of the film’s ‘Haddonfield’ locations are right here in South Pasadena.

‘Nichol’s Hardware Store’, robbed by Michael Myers (“just some rope, a knife and a Halloween mask... must be kids”) was The Frame Shop, which has since become the [Li’l Parlor Pizzeria], 966 Mission Street at Meridian Avenue.

Nearby, Century House, 1000 Mission Street, is the bright-and-renovated Myers house. If the angle of the house looks a little odd, that’s because the entire building was moved from its former position around the corner at 707 Meridian Avenue.

Rob Zombie’s 2007 revamp of Halloween moves lock, stock and barrel to Pasadena, kicking off with a protracted sequence of Michael’s childhood. The new Myers house is only a few blocks south of the old one, at 1110 Glendon Way, between El Centro Street and Monterey Road, south of Mission Station.

The 2007 home of the unfortunate Strode family is 1002 Highland Street, north of the Pasadena Freeway, off Orange Grove Avenue – which was also home to the Stronghold family in 2005 superhero comedy Sky High.

Myers house, Mission Street, Pasadenad
Bloodbatch at the Wallace house, 2007 style – LaFrance Avenue, Pasadena

This time around, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) babysits in the Doyle house at 1960 La France Avenue, between Maple Street and Huntington Drive. Across the street, Michael murders the Wallaces at 1937 La France Avenue.

If all that mayhem has stimulated your appetite, grab a burger and fries at Carrows Restaurant, 815 South Fremont Avenue at Mission Street, the restaurant which became ‘Big Buns’, where Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) waits tables, in James Cameron's original The Terminator.

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