With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to face your fears and begin the spooky season. For some people, that may mean visiting a haunted drive-through or spending the day in a pumpkin patch with your ghoul crew. These are all traditional hangouts, but horror movie fans can take the spirit of the season a step further by spending the night in the original Silence of the Lambs house. That’s right, the house that served as Buffalo Bill’s house in the iconic horror movie is now available to rent to anyone brave enough to step in – and it’s the ultimate Halloween getaway.
When you book a stay with Buffalo Bill, you and up to seven of your friends have access to the four bedroom house that served as the actual filming location. The Perryopolis, Pennsylvania home now belongs to Chris Rowan, an art director, prop master, and horror movie lover. Rowan bought Buffalo Bill’s house in hopes of one day making it a “movie theater destination” for Silence of the Lambs fans, and plans to do some tours of Buffalo Bill’s house in 2022 for anyone who wants to tour the house but does is too scared to stay there.
If you want to stay there, get ready for an experience of a lifetime. Much like the Scream house, which is currently available for rent through Airbnb, Buffalo Bill’s house will make every guest feel like they have stepped into the movie and are a part of it. The interior has numerous allusions to the silence of the lambs such as newspaper clippings and Buffalo Bill-inspired throw pillows. So plan an Insta-worthy photo shoot during your stay. You can snap a selfie with the life-size replica of Hannibal Lecter in the corner or recreate the scene where Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) first meets Clarice (Jodie Foster) at the front door. To really fit into the house, dress up as your favorite character and dance like Bill to “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus.
Don’t forget to check out the creepy basement downstairs. While there’s no actual fountain, the eerie room is full of mannequins and a sewing machine to make you feel like Buffalo Bill is around. There is also a skull hawk on display in the dining room, and for fun there is a fully equipped game room with a pool table and arcade machines.
If you’re brave enough to stay where Buffalo Bill would be keeping his victims, prices start at $ 595 per night for four guests, but prices vary depending on the time of year and the number of people you’re bringing with you. A Halloween stay for up to eight people costs around $ 2,195, which is well worth it for a unique Halloween to remember forever. In addition, the house is currently offering a 13% discount on stays with the code 13OFFBILL through October 31st.
Keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you wait until you are fully vaccinated before traveling so that you may be able to plan the perfect silence vacation in the future. As always, follow all local COVID-19 guidelines. Of course, while in Pennsylvania, you’ll want to explore the other filming locations of the Silence of the Lambs film as well.
The Allegheny County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh served as the location of the detention cell for Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Only an hour away from Perryopolis, he finally escapes. There’s also the Bradford Court Apartments in Pittsburgh, where Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith) is kidnapped by Buffalo Bill. In Homestead, Pennsylvania, you can also see the location of Moxley’s Drugs on 8th Avenue.
While these are all fun pit stops to do on your very own Silence of the Lambs tour, if you’re looking for real hangout spots, the Silence of the Lambs house is a few short walk away. Buffalo Bill’s house is just off the creepy Layton Tunnel. Legend has it that if you drive through you may only see a ghost or two. There’s also the Providence Meeting House Cemetery, which used to be a Quaker meeting house. If you’re a foodie, you can even find out where to get delicious local dishes like hoagies from wawa and traditional cheesesteaks. You’ll get so full that you can skip liver and fava beans from the menu.
The CDC does not recommend traveling until you are fully vaccinated and your vaccine has become fully effective. If you are not fully vaccinated and need to travel, check CDC policies before booking. Before you leave, check your travel destination’s vaccination and testing requirements.