Halloween Special: Monster-Size Houses

With Halloween just around the corner, this week we thought we'd show you some genuine monsters. Not the scary-boo kind; the scary-big kind. What these Godzilla-sized residences lack in creepiness, they more than make up for in terrifying square footage.

With help from the folks at Realtor.com, we've managed to dig up some of the most gargantuan listings currently on the market. They include a Strangelovian secret atomic lab and some castles that even Dracula would envy. Though the scariest thing about these places may be the price.

Click through our gallery to tour some monstrously large houses.

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Halloween Special: Monster-Size Houses

Location: Alpine, N.J. 
Price: $53 million
Beds/Baths: 12/19
Size: 30,000 sq. ft.

Light-years removed from the "Jersey Shore" house, this massive Colonial shows a whole other side of the Garden State. It doesn't get more luxurious than this. 

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Features of the home include mountain views, five fireplaces, a swimming pool, tennis court and five-car garage. 

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Location: Hickory Creek, Texas
Price: $35 million
Beds/Baths: 6/14
Size: 36,630 sq. ft.

Commanding 90 acres, this French chateau is bursting at the seams with luxury. The home boasts a lavish master suite, two guest suites, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 15-car garage, among other features.  

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Oh, and don't forget the ballroom, bowling alley, theater, wine room, tennis court and veranda. If you get sick of the two pools, you also can take dips in the property's private lake. The sprawling residence may not be as proud as it used to be, however. The listing description tells us, "SELLER WILL CONSIDER ALL OFFERS." 

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Location: Fort Washington, Pa. 
Price: $30 million
Beds/Baths: 10/15
Size: 36,957 sq. ft.

This home's concrete and stucco exterior make it look like a castle. Its size jibes with that theme -- nearly 37,000 square feet -- and so does its "tower." Sitting on 70 acres, the home offers two dining rooms, a library, gourmet kitchen, media room, indoor tennis court and playroom. 

That's only the beginning

One thing on the description of this fortress that really caught our eye was the residence's playhouse -- listed at 20,000 square feet. We're still trying to figure out just what that means exactly. The home also commands its own mini-village: two stone farm houses and a three-bedroom apartment.

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Location: Beverly Hills, Calif. 
Price: $55 million
Beds/Baths: 9/13
Size: 36,000 sq. ft.

This sprawling home is as impressive for its ornate finishes as its jaw-dropping size. Some of its "exquisite designs" include hand-carved limestone, French moldings with 24-karat glitz and bronze double-paned windows and doors.

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Outside its palatial interior, the property offers a full-size tennis court and garden-enclosed pool pavilion. The listing calls the place an "entertainer's paradise." It's hard to disagree.

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Location: Miami Beach, Fla. 
Price: $11.77 million
Beds/Baths: 6/8
Size: 40,000 sq. ft.

This Miami Beach mansion sprawls a mind-blowing 40,000 square feet. Sited on intracoastal waterfront, it represents the cream of the crop of Miami Beach's wide array of uber-lavish residences. 

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Location: Indian Creek Village, Fla. 
Price: $60 million
Beds/Baths: 10/14
Size: 30,000 sq. ft.

While it's not the most expensive house we've ever seen, this local sensation definitely deserves a nod of respect from the country's record-holder. The 30,000-square-foot home has some truly exceptional features, like the "chromotherapy spa" and "light-filtering louvered walls." 

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Feast your eyes on the home's 100-foot resort-size pool. This veritable pond, paired with other features -- like its gourmet kitchen, rooftop lawn and Jacuzzi, wine celler, servant room and massage room -- identify the residence as a home equipped to host terrifyingly large parties. 

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Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $6.3 million
Beds/Baths: 8/12
Size: 53,000 sq. ft.

Our biggest listing yet. Clocking in at 53,000 square feet, this home once functioned as a secret research facility for the military. According to Sotheby's listing agent Brett Lawyer and some Internet sites, the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station was built in 1941 as the main West Coast air defense and radar communications headquarters in World War II. Converted into a research facility for the atom bomb a few years later, the space was visited by top generals and consultants.

See the home's jaw-dropping interior or read AOL Real Estate's full profile of it.  

Location: Farmington, Conn.
Price: $9.999 million
Beds/Baths: 21/25
Size: 48,515 sq ft

Rapper/actor 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) has been trying to unload his 17-acre estate in Farmington, Conn., which he bought from Mike Tyson's ex-wife, for several years. He only paid $4.1 million for the home but reportedly spent $6 million renovating it. Over the years, he has reduced the price from $18.5 million to its current ask of $10 million. 

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The home has a nightclub...

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Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $125 million
Beds/Baths: 12/15
Size: 35,046 sq. ft.

This $125 million French-style mansion is one of the most expensive homes on the market, and falls just short (sort of) of clinching the honor of highest ask ever. That would be Candy Spelling's former palace, which was initially listed at $150 million, but actually ended up selling for $85 million. But back to the $125 million "Fleur De Lys": it boasts two kitchens, multiple tennis courts, a giant movie theater, pool and nine-car garage -- for starters. 

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The 4 1/2-acre estate also has a guest house and a state-of-the-art security system. 

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Location: Stateline, Nev. 
Price: $75 million
Beds/Baths: 9/12
Size: 38,000 sq. ft.

This $75 million estate is big in all ways: The house is 38,000 square feet and the property sprawls 210 pine-blanketed acres. It features exquisite landscaping, a covered patio, four-car garage and massive pool. The dining room even has coffered ceilings with frescoes.

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The exposed beams and vaulted ceilings of this mansion give it an Old World feel. But as the next photo shows...

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... the home certainly doesn't shun some modern conveniences. Here we have a massive indoor pool.

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