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->''"It was an evil house from the beginning -- [[{{curse}} a house that was born bad]]."''
-->-- '''Dr. John Markway''', ''Film/TheHaunting1963''

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A spooky house. A staple of {{Horror}}. Where {{Haunted Castle}}s would appear in European tales, the Haunted House takes its place in American stories. It is commonly associated with bumps in the night, strange lights, and a shady history involving violence and terror.


It might be a ramshackle abandoned shack standing alone. Or a BigFancyHouse maintained by a CreepyHousekeeper. Or a typical [[{{Suburbia}} suburban home]] built on an IndianBurialGround. Or has a preturbed {{poltergeist}} with UnfinishedBusiness using it as a personal PsychologicalTormentZone. It has a distressing tendency of killing its way through a family receiving it as an UnexpectedInheritance, and if it gets a sufficiently sordid reputation it will be chronicled by a HauntedHouseHistorian who tries to warn new would-be victims- who of course [[CuriosityKilledTheCast read it as a travel guide]].

The house itself [[GeniusLoci may seem alive, with a mind of its own]], yet it may be [[WalkingWasteland surrounded by dead trees and blackened grass]]. Will usually be [[AlwaysNight always in permanent night time]], if not having localised GraveClouds.

When you enter, [[GhostButler the "wind"]] closes the door behind you- and likely [[EnclosedSpace will not reopen]] until its time for the next set of [[SchmuckBait schmucks to take the bait]]. Creepy portraits may adorn the walls and the eyes may [[PortraitPaintingPeephole literally follow your every move]]. There are probably {{cobweb|OfDisuse}}s everywhere, draped over the [[CreepyChangingPainting ever-changing portraits]]. The OminousPipeOrgan may start playing Bach's ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor'' all on its own. Mirrors reflect things that aren't there... when they aren't [[HouseOfBrokenMirrors all broken]]. There will probably be at least a couple {{Bookcase Passage}}s and {{Booby Trap}}s.

Many haunted houses as depicted in film and TV (particularly vintage productions), and in videogames, tend to be BiggerOnTheInside, with seemingly endless corridors and remote areas and rooms that seem incongruous with exterior views of the building. Sometimes it's simply because ArtistsAreNotArchitects, but frequently there is an implication that the haunted house is a form of EldritchLocation: a MobileMaze in a NegativeSpaceWedgie. If you find yourself in one of these, expect {{Endless Corridor}}s and ScoobyDoobyDoors to be the least of your problems. In particularly bad cases, as the house [[VampiricDraining gathers more life force]] and [[EmotionEater fear energy]] expect increasing levels of {{Bizarrchitecture}} and MalevolentArchitecture, particularly if you're getting closer to figuring out how to get out or appoaching the heart of the house. In the core of these places expect to find blatant AlienGeometry, or possibly even a full blown PsychologicalTormentZone.

This is somewhat a DiscreditedTrope nowadays, with parodies, {{Abandoned Hospital}}s, and {{amusement park|OfDoom}} [[CircusOfFear attractions]] being similarly popular to the straight portrayals. It's also an enduring trope, however, with stories of haunted houses going back at least to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunted_house ancient Romans]], making it OlderThanFeudalism.

Compare HauntedHeadquarters, which is any haunted primary setting, and OldDarkHouse, which may or may not have a supernatural element. BigBoosHaunt is this trope in video games. Will often end up invoking NeverRecycleABuilding, for good reason.

If it's merely the setting for a ScoobyDooHoax involving TenLittleMurderVictims, see OldDarkHouse.

For the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} game of the same name, go [[VideoGame/HauntedHouse here]]. For the Creator/{{Gottlieb}} {{Pinball}} of the same name, [[Pinball/HauntedHouse go here.]]

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[[folder:Anime/Manga]]
* In ''KeroroGunsou'', the Hinata house is haunted by a CuteGhostGirl who appears sporadically throughout the series. She turns out to be really a very nice person. Also, she kinda sucks at haunting.
* Anna and Yoh's house in ''ShamanKing''.
* ''Manga/GhostHunt'' had one, based on the Winchester Mystery House.
* One chapter of ''Digimon V Tamer'' features Taichi, Zero and Gabou going to a haunted house to find one of the [[MacGuffin V-Tags]].
* 0012 in ''{{Cyborg 009}}'' may be the consciousness of a human cybernetically transferred to a mansion, but for all intents and purposes, this mansion is a haunted house: She can project her voice and a holographic image anywhere in the house; make objects levitate and manipulate the [[MalevolentArchitecture walls, floors, and ceilings]]; and has placed the house in a dark forest when 009 and the others arrive.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch spent at least one story dealing with a hostile haunted house, within which her magical powers were unavailable.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** This trope is referenced in ''Fanfic/AttackOfTheTeacherCreature'':
--> '''Hobbes:''' Next time we run from home like this, let's hide in a haunted house. I imagine it would be safer.
** ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
*** Socrates' mansion (which has a rather gruesome backstory) is believed to be one in "Pranking the Ghosts".
*** The gang comes upon another one in "Dark Laughter".
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[[folder:Film]]
* The little cabin in ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' contains a haunted book, so, for all intents and purposes, is haunted.
* Gracey Manor in ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'' (2003) starring Eddie Murphy is a parody.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is a haunted house comedy from the perspective of the ghosts.
* ''Darkness'' (2002), starring Creator/AnnaPaquin, had a family moving into a haunted house as [[spoiler:part of an EvilPlan to complete a demonic ritual]].
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' features a suburban California home that is normal at first, but is invaded by ghosts that torment the owners in various ways. Because it was built on top of a cemetery.
* Invoked in ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'' in which an occultist builds an infernal engine in the form of a glass house, then deliberately moves ghosts into it as a power source.
* ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror'' and all sequels.
* ''The Haunting in Connecticut'': The house was formerly a funeral home.
* ''Film/TheBurbs'': The suburban house next door takes on some cliches of a haunted house after the extraordinarily creepy neighbors move in. [[spoiler:Though it's not ''haunted'', the neighbors do turn out to be a clan of murderers.]]
%%* ''The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.''
%%* ''BurntOfferings''.
* ''Film/TheHaunting1963''.
* Whether the ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959'' actually is haunted is moot. What's important is that people ''think'' it is.
* ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery''. And being haunted isn't the worst part, there's an [[TheUndead Undead]] MadScientist living in [[CreepyBasement the cellar]].
* ''Film/TheChangeling'' from 1980 features George C. Scott moving into a house that is haunted by [[spoiler:the ghost of a crippled child who was drowned in the bathtub by his father.]]
* Played straight and [[spoiler:Inverted]] in ''Film/TheOthers'' starring NicoleKidman. [[spoiler:The house is haunted, but by the main characters, who don't realize that they're dead.]]
* ''Film/{{Juon}}'' and ''Film/TheGrudge'' feature a Tokyo suburban house haunted by the family that was murdered there, and the rage formed from their emotions revive them as scary-as-hell ghosts. You step into the house, you are dead.
* ''Film/TheConjuring'' has a house haunted by a multitude of evil spirits. [[spoiler:They latch onto the family so even if they left the house the spirits would go right along with them.]]
* ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'' with a house haunted by a woman and some stunningly creepy toys. It's no surprise this movie hits most of the classic haunted house traits since it not only takes place in Victorian England but also was released by Hammer movies.
* ''Film/TheSkeptic'' has a possibly explained example in Beckett's Aunt's house.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Judith Spearing's ''Ghosts Who Went to School'' had a house filled with a ghost family. The bank who owned the property couldn't sell it, despite it being well maintained by the resident ghosts.
* Shirley Jackson's classic novel, ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse''. The first paragraph has been cited by Creator/StephenKing as one of the finest openings in English-language literature:
-->No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.
* Matheson's Literature/HellHouse rivals Shirley Jackson's Hill House.
* In ''Literature/MythAdventures'' Skeeve received from the natives (Deveels), notoriously canny businessmen, a big house on Deva as a part of a deal. Why do they give him a cheap house? It has a back door that leads to the {{Uberwald}}-like vampire dimension.
** [[spoiler:And the ''native vampires'' avoid it as haunted. Some even say they saw ''[[HumansAreCthulhu humans]]'' there -- just imagine it!]]
* The Shrieking Shack in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. Arguably, Sirius Black's house as well.
** The Shrieking Shack wasn't really haunted, but people thought it was due to the strange noises coming from it [[spoiler:(which were caused by Lupin in his werewolf phase)]].
** Technically the Weasley's house had a ghoul in the attic.
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''Tom's Midnight Garden''. Tom [[spoiler: only ''thinks'' he]] is staying in a haunted house; [[spoiler: in truth, he is travelling through time, during which he is able to pass through solid objects and people.]]
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''The Haunting of Grade Three'', where the eponymous third-grade class has relocated to an old house, which has mysterious noises and objects that move seemingly of their own accord. [[spoiler: In truth, the house is sinking, which accounts for the odd noises and movements.]]
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''The Ghosts of Cougar Island'', which features an abandoned, [[spoiler: seemingly]] haunted house. [[spoiler: In truth, the "haunting" is caused by some runaway orphans.]]
* In "The Shunned House" by Creator/HPLovecraft, the hero of the story becomes obsessed with a mysterious house that, since it was first built, wound up either driving its occupants insane or causing them a slow wasting death. It turned out that the house was [[spoiler:built over the final resting place of a magician who slowly drained the LifeForce from the people near him in the night]].
** Also the titular house in "The Dreams in the Witch-House" has a haunted reputation, but is actually periodically visited by a living, immortal witch who used to live in the house, and still uses its sealed attic for her work.
* ''Literature/ArabianNights'': The story ''Ali the Cairene and the Haunted House in Baghdad''.
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is a postmodern horror story about a family that slowly discovers that their [[color:blue:house]] is BiggerOnTheInside. [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} Much, much bigger.]] Also, [[color:red:possibly there's a monster.]]
* ''NickArcade'': The Creepyville board has a haunted house crawling with ghosts that scare Mikey (the player).
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', Donna thinks she's going mad because she can barely sleep, the house feels like it's haunted by stuff out of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe. [[ArtInitiatesLife It is.]]
* Edbrook Manor from ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}'' is haunted by ghosts.
* Anne Rivers Siddons' ''The House Next Door'' is a very strange example in that the house is still unbuilt at the start of the book, and there's no obvious reason why it turns out the way it does (it's not built on a cemetery, for example). All the same, it's a very Bad Place indeed. [[spoiler: It's the architect that's cursed. All his previous projects were unfinished because someone died or was blinded in a freak construction incident. No reason why it's him but he was adopted and doesn't know who his real parents were, so that tells us something. After they kill him and are killed by the house someone finds the plans to that house and it looks like it's going to happen again.]]
* The Clancy House, in ''[[BaileySchoolKids Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots]]'', where Mrs. Jeepers moves in. This is what initially signals to the kids that Mrs. Jeepers is a vampire.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, the Dean brothers visit the reputedly-haunted Mansion, but never work up the nerve to go inside. This was a wise decision, as [[spoiler: the house itself is the guardian of a portal between worlds. A very ''aggressive'' guardian.]]
** We can also count the Overlook Hotel from ''Literature/TheShining'', and ''Black House''.
** And the Marsten house from ''Literature/SalemsLot''.
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in Chris Bohjalian's ''The Night Strangers.'' There are bones in the basement and multiple ghosts wandering around. [[spoiler: However, the bones belong to a child who ''isn't'' haunting the house, and the ghosts are attached to the protagonist, ex-pilot Chip Linton, not to the house itself.]]
* Martha lives in one in ''[[Literature/PointHorror Trick or Treat]]''. Or at least, she believes it to be haunted [[spoiler:it is really a jealous friend of hers doing all the freaky things.]]
* In his memoir ''Running In The Family'', Michael Oondatje mentions that the house where he's staying is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who committed suicide. She appears in one of the bedrooms, wearing a red dress, and no one ever wants to sleep in that room. Ondaatje doesn't mention seeing the ghost himself, but he does find the room to be quite eerie-looking.
* A staple in ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo'', in an AlternateUniverse where hauntings have suddenly become rampant and which [[OccultDetective ghost-hunting agencies]] are hired to take care of.
* The FightingFantasy SurvivalHorror interactive adventure Novel ''Literature/HouseOfHell'', deals with the typical "Car breaks down during a storm" and your character is trapped in a giant mansion filled with zombies, demons, other monsters, devil worshipers and many cliches like a hunchback. Interesting is that if you encounter too many jump scares, your character can literally die of fright.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''. {{Lampshaded}} by a GenreSavvy Liz Lemon.
-->'''Liz:''' Word of advice: If the will says [[OnOneCondition you have to spend the night in a haunted house]] you better hope that everybody else there is [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black guys]] and [[DeathBySex sluts]].
* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'', the house is haunted by numerous previous residents who died there. Anyone who dies on the premises becomes a ghost, and this leads to something of a snowballing effect when the ghosts start killing people.
* In ''Series/BeingHuman'', George and Mitchell are able to rent a city centre house on the cheap because it's haunted by a girl called Annie. George, being a werewolf, and Mitchell, being a vampire, don't have a problem with this.
* The haunted, gothic Collinwood Mansion is featured in ''Series/DarkShadows''.
* The British [[DomCom domestic comedy]] SoHauntMe deals with a suburban home haunted by its previous resident, a JewishMother. While the father is mostly annoyed by her presence, the other family members generally enjoy her company.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had a couple of these in its time, such as in "Fear Itself" and "Where the Wild Things Are".
** Cordelia's apartment in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was also haunted. Except the ghost was friendly and generally treated like an invisible roommate (that Cordy called 'The Phantom Dennis').
*** That's because she found out his name while doing research for the place. Mainly because it was originally haunted by Dennis' mother who was far less nice, and attempted to kill Cordelia or convince her to commit suicide, believing her to be Dennis' fiance, who she hated in life.
*** And the reason behind the said haunting was that Dennis's mother walled him in a closet to keep him from moving out to live with the said fiance, and suffered a heart attack immediately afterwards.
* In the ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Eternity Trap", Sarah Jane, Rani and Clyde accompany Professor Rivers to investigate Ashen Hill Manor, supposedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain. As Clyde puts it, it's "[[Film/HarryPotter Hogwarts]], Creator/TimBurton[=-style=]".
* The Creator/StephenKing-scripted miniseries ''RoseRed''.
* ''TheMonkees'': Featured in "Monkee See, Monkee Die" and "Monstrous Monkee Mash".
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Demons" has the BodyOfTheWeek be a ghost-hunter killed in a reputedly haunted mansion. Castle, naturally, [[AgentMulder eagerly buys into the possibility of demonic possession]], while Beckett is [[AgentScully a lot more skeptical]]. Although the case of the week is ultimately discovered to have a human hand behind it, it's still [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane up in the air whether the house actually is haunted]].
* Aaargh Manor is reputed to be the most haunted house in Bottom World, in ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom''. [[spoiler:The owner is faking it... but there is actually a ghost there as well.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', episode "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas". Mulder and Scully visit one on Christmas Eve to find the ghosts of two star-crossed lovers who formed a SuicidePact.
-->'''Scully''': Mulder, tell me you didn't call me out here on Christmas Eve to go ghost busting with you.
-->'''Mulder''': Technically speaking, they're called apparitions.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - "Blink" was described by Creator/RussellTDavies as the revival's first proper "haunted house" story (except with creepy alien statues instead o ghosts). "Hide" has a haunted house that no-one will go near except the local investigator, who, to Clara's bewilderment, went to the trouble of buying it.
* The ''Series/TimAndEricsBedtimeStories'' pilot concerns a haunted house that Tim, Eric, and Zach must spend ''the rest of their lives in'' for $1000 each that is particularly keen on tormenting Zach. [[spoiler:It's not really haunted; it's Tim and Eric played a ridiculously convoluted prank on Zach.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* Diana Thornton's "Lover's Last Chance". The song starts by describing innocent childhood Halloween fun, but then< "All of them hush past the house on the corner/A darkened old mansion than never did sell/Even the grownups just whisper about her/Nobody knows how she died... or won't tell."
* The titular "Loa House" in Music/KingDiamond's song by the same title, from the ''Voodoo'' album.
* Genesis' 1983 song "Home by the Sea" is the tale of a robber who breaks into a house only to find that it's haunted.
* ''"The 13th Hour"'' (album) by Midnight Syndicate. The album's premise is the exploration of a haunted Victorian mansion once inhabited by the Haverghast family.
* Creature Feature's "House of Myth".
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/HauntedHouse'' pinball game [[CaptainObvious takes place in one of these.]] It's represented game-wise as a three-level playfield, with a sub-playfield level for the basement.
* Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' shows one on the backglass and the playfield.
* The "Trick or Treat" table in ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' has one for an elevated playfield
* Several of the settings in ''Pinball/AmericasMostHaunted'' fall under this trope, such as the Haunted Bar and the Landmark Hotel.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''TheHauntedMansion'' at DisneyThemeParks. There's 999 Happy Haunts, but there's room for a thousand...any volunteers?
* Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights 2010 at Universal Studios Orlando features the haunted house Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate, which is the first literal haunted house the event has had and has a group of spirit seekers attempting to [[WhatAnIdiot summon the angry ghosts of a mass murderer's victims and the murderer himself in the most haunted place in the world]].
* [[http://runforyourlives.com/ Run For Your Lives]] is an annual event. Runners go through a 5 mile obstacle course in the wilderness ''which is infested with zombies''.
* ''The Haunted House'' dark ride at AltonTowers. Later got a much LighterAndSofter update and became ''Duel'', where you shoot lasers at the monsters and spirits in the haunted house.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HauntedHouse'' and its late-released sequel make it OlderThanTheNES.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has a Haunted House as the hotel at the Gold Saucer amusement park. The receptionist drops down from the gallows whenever you check in. Also, the Shinra Mansion, which has a bloody history in the game, and is filled with scrappy enemies when you reach it.
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' is the story of [[SuperMarioBros Mario's]] hapless younger brother getting a free house... which he then has to clear of ghosts. [[spoiler:Apparently, the whole thing was a ghostly creation, and it disappears when he's done. For some reason, the money in it ''wasn't'', so he buys a new one. Which is presumably ''not'' haunted.]]
** In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'', E. Gadd lives in one, albeit one inhabited by much more friendly ghosts than normal, due to the influence of the Dark Moon. When the Moon breaks, the ghosts are driven to mischief and malice and he is forced out. Luigi must go through 5 haunted houses throughout the game to restore the Dark Moon.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has a quest which involves buying a haunted house and clearing it of ghosts.
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Dragonborn is asked by a Vigilant of Stendarr to investigate a house suspected of being used by Daedra worshippers. [[spoiler: It turns out the disturbances are because Molag Bal's shrine has been desecrated by a cultist loyal to a rival Daedric Prince and suffice to say, the "[[TheRedBaron King of Rape]]" is '''not''' someone to upset]].
* There's several of these in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest''.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII'' had one.
* A haunted house appears in the Neighborhood in ''VideoGame/{{Backyard S|ports}}kateboarding''.
* ''VideoGame/AmbridgeMansion'' takes place in one of these.
%%* ''FatalFrame''.
* The titular Atari 2600 game ''Haunted House''.
* ''The House'' point-and-click Flash game series focuses on exploring a house whose inhabitants committed suicide. Or did they?
* Unsurprisingly, used in ''The Lost Crown: A Ghosthunting Adventure''. Also a Haunted Museum, two Haunted Churches, a Haunted Boathouse, etc. If it's got a roof, some ghosts are sheltering under it.
* ''[[VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Vampire:]] [[WordSaladTitle The Masquerade:]] [[ColonCancer Bloodlines]]''' Oceanside Hotel level features a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hotel that is haunted]] by the ghost of a woman who'd been murdered by her husband. Most fans consider it the most terrifying part of the game.
* Spookyraven Manor in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', with such bizzare undead as the "Pooltergeist" (made out of Snooker balls) and "Undead Elbow Macaroni".
* While the main threat in the first two ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' games is [[ImplacableMan Scissorman]], the Barrow's mansion and [[spoiler:Barrow's Castle]] are both haunted, and have various other threats within them.
* ''The Haunted Mansion'' for the Gamecube.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Travis fights Matt Helms, a ghost kid who haunts his creepy, abandoned house, complete with a graveyard on the front lawn.
* The entirety of ''VideoGame/SweetHome'' takes place in one of these, referred to as a "House of Residing Evil."
* Draynor Manor in ''VideoGame/RuneScape''. The front doors refuse to open from the inside, the grounds are filled with dead trees (some of which can and will lash out and attack), the eyes in paintings frequently follow the player... As do ''chairs''. The manor happens to be owned by a vampyre...
* The entire setting of the first ''NightmareHouse'' fan game.
* ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' has a massive sprawling mansion in the middle of a graveyard where the powerful being Galm lives. The house has seen much better days. Seeing how Galm was only released from [[SealedBadassInACan imprisonment]] you do have to wonder who built such a massive house (which is bigger than the King's castle) and why it was abandoned.
* ''Videogame/ShiningForceIII'' had another mansion with yet another Vandal living in it. He had transformed all the village folk into [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Kyon-Shi]]. Dantares, the brave Knight, is teased by the young mage about being scared of ghosts at this point in the game.
* ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' had the protagonist moving about a haunted house built by an evil toy maker.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' features Demitel's manor, a dungeon where aside from undead abd monsters in the garden, the only inhabitant is Demitel himself.
* Derceto in ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark1992'', a Lovecraftian nightmarish place where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill you]].
** The mansion of the Morton family in ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare''.
* [[GrabbedByTheGhoulies Grabbed By The Ghoulies]] is essentially a parody of this trope.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few examples.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' has the Strange House. There's a ghost girl in it and the furniture keeps re-arranging when you leave and re-enter the main room and basement. The girl makes a few comments each time you encounter her, alluding to the tragedy that befell her and her family there, and disappears after you get the Lunar Wing from her. Ghost, Psychic, and Dark type Pokemon can be found in it too.
** Prior to that, ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' had the Old Chateau, which was the first location in the series to have ''human ghosts'' wandering around-- an old man would sometimes appear in the dining room, and a little girl could appear in the upper level room on the far right if you entered an adjacent room. And, as usual, the place is full of Ghost-types, including a one-per-game Rotom. Also there is a spooky painting, that has glowing eyes except when you're right in front of it.
* Many ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' games take place in one. In particular, there's the broken-down Thornton Hall- once home to a slaveowning family- and Blackmoor Manor, which is rife with secret passages and defense mechanisms. Their status as such is frequently lampshaded in-universe.
--> '''Wade:''' Look around you. Do you think this is a place for the living, or the dead?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Paranormal}}'', you play an artist who's attempting to capture proof on film that his new house is haunted.
* In ''Franchise/TheSims'', if you have a Sim die on your lot, their ghost will show up and cause trouble, so any home can become this. Some notable examples in default family lots are Olive Specter's home in ''Videogame/TheSims2'', Agnes Crumblebottom in ''Videogame/TheSims3'', and the Goth homes in pretty much any installment.
** In TheSims3 Seasons expansion, a haunted house is used as a carnival attraction in Autumn. Though you can use it from storage anytime. If you go in there is a slight chance that you'll temporarily turn into a ghost. As well as getting a terrified moodlet unless your sim is immune to fear.
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' has the Witch's Manor: a twisted building with moving furniture, phantom-like monsters, mirrors that double as portals, and a [[CreepyChild creepy]] [[CuteGhostGirl ghost-girl]]. The "witch" who serves as the boss of this place [[spoiler: is actually Kaim's wife Sarah. The form she takes, and the mansion's sinister nature are all manifested by her despair.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'' has a chapter centered around one of these. The master of the place is an elder vampire with a fondness for [[AndIMustScream sealing his victims inside coffins]] and toying with them. He's also invulnerable until weakened by [[SilverHasMysticPowers special means]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', due to [[spoiler: Bartrand]] keeping a shard from the [[spoiler: [[ArtefactOfDoom Red Lyrium Idol]]]], his mansion ends up becoming an EldritchLocation haunted by demons, ghosts and all manner of "[[BuffySpeak weird shit]]".
* The Greenbriar mansion in ''VideoGame/GoneHome'' is believed by two characters to be haunted by the ghost of the former owner. The player only ever sees flickering lights and an exploding bulb that probably have a mundane explanation, although some players claim to also hear a voice whispering "hello" at points during the game. Whether or not this is a randomized event is unknown.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' features the Mad Castle level, a Halloween-themed level where most of the {{Mooks}} are zombies, TheGrimReaper is skating around trying to find you to [[OneHitKill kill you in one hit]], a giant monstrous hand is waiting for you to chuck mooks into its clutches, and the bosses are a [[WolfpackBoss pack of werewolves]], a FrankensteinsMonster {{Expy}}, and a [[HornyDevils sexy vampire.]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking It's also a good site to play]] [[MiniGame golf!]]
* In ''Videogame/TonyHawksProSkater2'' the suburbs area has a haunted house. Which you can skate around, if you skate into the backyard you can see hands reaching up and down from the ground. And looking in one of the windows you can see a teen cowering from floating furniture. The owner of the house stands outside, but you can unlock his wife as a playable character. Which the husband will react to if you play as her.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Annyseed}}'', Uncle Tarkwin's mansion is known to be haunted. Perry Elliot, the ghost, frequently visits the library, and, (though he would like you to believe otherwise) Anny's bedroom.
* The Kesandru / Brie Meighsaton House in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* ''Stupidity in Magic'' has this. ''Twice'', actually. Both times, the main cast is only called in to see why the house is haunted - they never get the house itself (they have their own place already, anyways). The first time, [[spoiler:the ghosts were stuck in the house because of a curse, and most of them were happy to leave once the problem was fixed.]] The second time, the ghosts were haunting a house being rented out by a college - the rent was ''very'' reasonable, due to the haunting, and the college students only called for help because the ghosts [[spoiler:had started possessing the occupants and were getting a bit violent; once things were fixed so that they wouldn't be in danger of getting hurt any more and they realized ''why'' the rent was so low, they were quite willing to let the ghosts stay - they preferred slightly-haunted accomodations that were within walking distance of the college to anything else they could've afforded.]]
* ''GoblinHollow'': well, Goblin Hollow.
* ''Webcomic/{{Lapse}}'' takes places almost singularly inside the protagonist's haunted home.
* This is the backbone of ''Amber: Journeys Beyond.'' RuleOfThree on the ghosts, one from roughly 1910-1920, one from 1942, and a third from the late fifties.
* In ''{{Roza}}'', they [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2011-08-28 stumble on a haunted village]].
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3344 Crimney trick-or-treats at one]]. It's good that Fuschia already has a crush on him.
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* ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' Doctor Ka's New Orleans mansion is home to hundreds of ghosts. And some of them are angry. Very, very angry.
* The student republics in the new Forum/RPG, ''Grave Academy'', akin to Hogwart's Houses, all have elements of this, the students being monsters probably help.
* The titular doom house in ''WebVideo/DoomHouse''.
* ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'': The group investigated a mansion next to their hotel. Unfortunately, it was haunted by the Scissorman, who tried to kill them.
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* The trio of heroes from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' set up shop in what resembled a run-down haunted house--Ghost Command--that featured haunted appliances such as (most memorably) the wisecracking Ansabone. Similarly, the BigBad Prime Evil had Hauntquarters, a cathedral-like building located in the Fifth Dimension.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Randy buys a Blockbuster Video store which has no customers because everyone now watches movies online. It is haunted like the Overlook Hotel in ''Film/TheShining''. After Randy sees a ghost dressed in a 1980s aerobics outfit ask for Film/TurnerAndHooch and disappear:
--> '''Randy:''' "Oh I get it! Video stores are so old they have ghosts in them! Okay I get it!" (pointing upwards) "But you're wrong!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Treehouse of Horror segment, the Simpsons move into a haunted house, which does its best to make them leave... but they refuse, because it's their dream house. The segment ends with the house destroying itself rather than live with the Simpsons.
-->'''Lisa:''' You can't help but feel a little rejected.
** Subverted in another episode, where the family have to spend the night in a haunted house. Homer, foolishly, says it's perfectly safe since there's no such thing as ghosts. The spooky music rises and the door slams behind them, complete with a flash of lightning... Next morning, the sun is shining and it's beautiful out, and they've had a pleasant night's sleep and absolutely nothing's happened.
* In The Simpsons' sister show ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender the robot inherits a castle and finds it's haunted by robot ghosts. The haunting is stopped when they find that it was caused by improperly shielded cables from the robot cemetery. Still it led to this great exchange:
--> Uncle: Come to us, Bender. You'll like being dead!
--> Bender: That's what they said about being ''alive''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' is about a detective trying to find a killer in a spooky house; he encounters ghosts, skeletons, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Santa Claus]] along the way.
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