John Carpenter’s Reel Sites, Real Scary Tour From the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a treat for any John Carpenter Fan and a must do for people of Southern Kentucky! Today, We look at the 1978 Classic ‘Halloween’ references.

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013 11:00 AM CST

OK, I’ll say something that will be blasphemy but, I prefer ‘Escape from New York’ or ‘The Fog’ to ‘Halloween.’ That doesn’t mean  I don’t love Halloween. So, with fall break and a 4 year old on my side I decided to take the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau’s tour  “John Carpenter’s Reel Sites, Real Scary.” If you have small children have no fear. This is like doing a Civil War trail, there will not be anything but seeing the sites and I must say, on WKU’s Campus my daughter had a blast.

We’re going to break up the tour using the Three Movies with Bowling Green references. We’ll post the map below if you want to skip ahead but, today….. we look at the film he’s best known for, Halloween. We’ll give the time code in the movie and the line and the place it’s based on.

Halloween (1978):

  • 0:07:00: Smith’s Grove Illinois (Title)
  • 0:29:54: “I remember a guy over in Russellville.”

We also, on our tour hit some actual places that were instrumental in the life of John Carpenter:

The Log Cabin on the campus of WKU was John Carpenter’s boyhood home.

The Capitol (currently not a working theater) was a theater John Carpenter captured the movie making bug.

College High was where John Carpenter went to High School on the campus of WKU. (Photo Courtesy of WKU.edu)

WKU is where Mr. Carpenter started College (his father taught Musical Theory here and why he moved to Bowling Green as a child) before transferring to Southern California Film School.

My helper enjoyed the tour, so it’s good for all ages:

Great art on WKU’s Campus.

This is in Fountain Square across from The Capitol Theater. Beautiful park near Restaurants, Shopping and Coffee Shop.

If you’d like to see the map click here. Or if you’d like to pick up the map head over to the Bowling Green Convention and Visitor’s Bureau on Three Springs Road off of exit 22 on I-65.

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