Image via WikipediaA spooky house.A staple ofHorror. WhereHaunted Castleswould appear in European tales, theHaunted Housetakes its place in American stories. It is commonly associated with bumps in the night, strange lights, and a shady history involving violence and terror.When you enter,the "wind"closes the door behind you. Creepy portraits may adorn the walls and the eyes mayliterally follow your every move. Mirrors reflect things that aren't there... when they aren'tall broken. The house itself may seem alive, havinga mind of its own, yet it may besurrounded by dead trees and blackened grass. Will usually bealways in permanent night time, if not having localisedGrave Clouds.It might be a ramshackle abandoned shack standing alone. Or aBig Fancy Housemaintained by aCreepy Housekeeper. Or a typicalsuburban homebuilt on anIndian Burial Ground.This is somewhat aDiscredited Tropenowadays, with parodies and amusement park 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 theancient Romans, making itOlder Than Feudalism.CompareHaunted Headquarters, which is any haunted primary setting, andOld Dark House, which may or may not have a supernatural element.Big Boos Hauntis this trope in video games. will often end up invokingNever Recycle A Building, for good reason.