Cover your eyes during scary movies? Well, face your fears by visiting places where famous horror flicks were filmed. (Yes, we know: "Friday the 13th" is no "Birds," but we don't believe for a moment that you weren't scared senseless.) We've included some other activities in each area if you want to move beyond hockey-masked ghouls and Jack Nicholson sitting behind a typewriter. If you're curious about other scary sites, check the Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com (find the flick, then go to "Other Info" and click "filming locations"). -- Samantha Sordyl
Bodega and Bodega Bay, Calif.
FILM: Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963)
BACK STORY: Killer birds attack a small resort town.
WHAT TO SEE: Don't miss Potter School, more commonly known as Bodega Schoolhouse (17110 Bodega Lane, Bodega). You'll remember it as the setting for the birds' attack on schoolchildren. Today it's a private residence, but a gift shop is open most weekends. Info: 707-876-3257, www.bodegaschool.com. Dine on seafood at the Tides Wharf Restaurant (835 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3652, www.innatthetides.com); it was used for the film's cafe, fire and boat dock scenes. Visit Compass Rose Gardens (Eastshore and Bay Flat roads, 707-875-2343, www.compassrosegardens.com; free, reservations required) to see the gazebo in the birthday scene. Garden owner Donna Cook Freeman was a "Birds" extra: She appears running up a hill in the scene where a car blows up.
EXTRAS: At Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve (707-869-2015; www.parks.ca.gov; $6 a car), hike or ride horseback (707-887-2939, www.redwoodhorses.com; from $60). Relax at the Japanese-style Spa Osmosis enzyme baths (209 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone, 707-823-8231, www.osmosis.com; from $70).
INFO: Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, 800-576-6662, www.sonomacounty.com. Sonoma County Film Office, 707-565-7170, www.sonomacountyfilm.com. BodegaBay.com, 707-875-3866, www.bodegabay.com.
FILM: Sean S. Cunningham's "Friday the 13th" (1980)
BACK STORY: A murderer runs amok in a camp full of oversexed kids.
WHAT TO SEE: Walk in Annie's shoes down Main Street, where she travels en route to camp, and stroll through the arches at the Old Mill, at Carhart and Main streets. (Why didn't she turn around right there?!) Though the Blairstown Diner (186 Rte. 94, 908-362-6070) has been remodeled since "Friday" filmed, said owner Peter Apostolou, you can still see where the film's camp director sat with a hot beverage while his counselors were murdered in cold blood. Walk in the door and hang an immediate right, said Apostolou.
Note: Forget seeing Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the location for fictional Camp Crystal Lake. It's for Boy Scout campers only; visits by freaky "Friday" fans are strongly discouraged.
EXTRAS: At the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (570-588-2451, www.nps.gov/dewa), hike the trails or visit Millbrook Village (908-841-9531, www.nps.gov/dewa/InDepth/Sites/MV.html), re-created from its 1800s history. In Columbia, attend a "wolf watch" at Lakota Wolf Preserve (877-733-9653, lakotawolf.com; $15).
INFO: Skylands of New Jersey Tourism Council, 800-475-9526, www.skylandstourism.org. New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission, 800-847-4865, www.visitnj.org.
Mount Hood, Ore.
FILM: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980)
BACK STORY: A writer goes mad, snowbound with his family in a haunted hotel.
WHAT TO SEE: Skiing at Timberline Lodge ski resort (800-547-1406, www.timberlinelodge.com; doubles from $180 a night), on Oregon's Mount Hood in Mount Hood National Forest, is typically year-round -- and so is the fanfare for this "Shining" locale. Though little of the actual film was shot here, resort director Jon Tullis said Kubrick created a remarkable replica of Timberline for filming in England. In one of the opening scenes, the real Timberline appears in the distance. Also, in the snowcat scene, a Timberline maintenance worker drove the tractorlike vehicle through snow outside the lodge. Sorry, there's no hedge maze, or ghosts for that matter.
EXTRAS: Snowshoe or cross-country ski right up to your cabin at Summit Meadow Cabins on the south side of Mount Hood (503-272-3494, www.summitmeadow.com; cabins from $140 a night) or hike Mount Hood National Forest (503-668-1700, www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood).
INFO: Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, 888-622-4822, www.clackamas-oregon.com. Oregon Tourism Commission, 800-547-7842, www.traveloregon.com.