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Buy your own ghost town, throw insane Halloween bash

Because it takes more than a few hanging skeletons and a sexy Steve Buscemi costume to pull off an epic Halloween party, you can now buy your own ghost town. 

Yep, it just so happens that the neglected, 19th century village of Johnsonville, CT, is up for auction on Oct. 28, with bidding to start at $800,000!

Located in East Haddam, the 62-acre, once-thriving mill town's conveniently located just a half hour from Hartford (doesn't help anybody), and a couple of hours from Boston and NYC (much better). And besides colonial houses with dusty windows and unkempt lawns, Johnsonville's got eight historically important buildings to its name, including two churches, a restaurant, and a decrepit mill. All of which could be decorated really scary-like. Oh yea, there's also a pond and a waterfall

There is a chance you might recognize the town. Over the years, it's played host to a number of movie/video shoots, including Cuba Gooding Jr.'s new film Freedom and Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" video. What... you don't remember it?!?

Just one caveat: Johnsonville's rumored to be haunted by the ghost of its old owner, Raymond Schmitt, who bought the town in 1965 to develop it as a tourist attraction. The revamp never really took off, however, and since Schmitt's death in the 1990s, the town's been abandoned. But isn't the whole "haunted" thing the point?

We did mention that you get your own covered bridge too, right? As the auction listing explains, "permitted uses include: single family, multifamily housing to include market rate and affordable, senior housing, arts/entertainment center, B&Bs, inn, restaurant/banquet facility, retail shops and schools". 

For more info/to see just how creepy Johnsonville is before you throw down for the most expensive Halloween party every, check out this video. Seriously, doesn't it remind you of the opening credits to "Twin Peaks", set to similarly eerie music?

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.