Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Filming Locations: The haunted house and the Mill Valley town

Where was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark filmed
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Scary stories to tell in the dark is a film adaptation based on the 1981 best-selling collection of short horror stories for children by American author Alvin Schwartz. Set in 1968, the movie revolves around a group of teenagers from a small town in Pennsylvania (the fictional Mill Valley), who find a rare book in a secret room of the local haunted house. This gang of nerdy high-school students will soon find out that new stories are been freshly written on the book -with blood, of course- and that these terror tales are actually happening in the real world.

The film is directed by André Øvredal and produced by a heavyweight name of the fantasy genre, Guillermo del Toro. The main cast is lead by Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush and Dean Norris (from Breaking Bad).

Scary stories to tell in the dark was filmed in and around Toronto in Ontario. Here are the spoiler-free most relevant filming locations of this production:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark house
The Bellows family old Victorian mansion is the Fairbanks House (also known as the Sunnyside Mansion), located in Petrolia, Ontario. This beautiful building, constructed in 1891, is a large, expensive to maintain 22-room manor, that has been vacant for a long time.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Lionsgate and Google Maps




Mill Valley Pennsylvania
The Pennhurst Hospital Asylum for the Insane, was shot at the old and now permanently closed St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Some more filming of the town took place in Hamilton and Toronto.
Image courtesy of Lionsgate and Elgin County Archives - Map


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