View Full Version : Top 13 List...

06-05-2008, 04:41 AM
Okay look this over... did I miss anyone? Any other submissions? Did I miss one if so let me know. Do I have you in the wrong section? Let me know asap.


Best Haunted House
The Darkness
Bates Motel
Haunted Overload
House of Torment
House of Shock
Woods of Terror
Dead Acres
The Asylum Haunted House
USS Nightmare
Chamber of the Mausoleum
Haunted Hotel (Louisville)
Cutting Edge
Headless Horseman (Hayride)
13th Gate
Fright Kingdom
Scream at the Beach
Rock N R Ranch (Hayride)

Best Charity Haunt
Trail of Terror
Terror on the Fox
Atrox Factory

Best Home Haunt
Hellís Gate
Graveside Manor
Turbidite Manor
Farmers Mansion
Rot Haunted House

Haunted Illinois
06-05-2008, 04:59 AM
Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, IL)

06-05-2008, 05:10 AM
Did they post a video? I didn't catch that one. Larry

06-05-2008, 07:25 AM
i think you got them all
so what do we do now
are you going to have others vote for them or are you going to choose the top
also since only 5 home haunts were submitted what do you do

also i just wanted to thank you for putting this top 13 haunt togethor just to see my home haunt get nominated makes all the hard work seem worth it.


06-05-2008, 07:32 AM
If these are in categories - What is a charity? I would say if you do not pay your actors it is a charity - Many Pro haunts donate $$$ and tickets - but they would not be charities.... I guess the question is, is the haunt a for profit venture? And if it is a for profit venture, actors should be paid.... Paid in a legal way not with pizza and tee shirts...

What sort of company the haunt is could also define what they are.

There are also lots of unusual ways actors get paid, as contract workers, lump sums, cash, etc. I guess official charities also pay certain people full salaries as well, that also confuses things.

I guess the haunts pretty much need to say what they are, because aside from the paying actors aspect and the public presentation how they are set up is pretty much unknown.

I can tell you what it is a lot of $$$ and organizational work to run 100+ actors a night and pay them with payroll checks by the hour!


06-05-2008, 08:24 AM
Yeah looks like they are all there Larry.

06-05-2008, 08:53 AM
Ok here you go I will try to explain this....
Out haunt is a charity haunt and we are a 501-C3 charity which receives no goverment assistance.
We do have multible charities that help us. We also have paid actors that are well compensated during October. Myself and the board can receive payment but choose not to because we all have great jobs and would rather see this money go the helping others and to continue the quest for the greatest haunt ever built...LOL
I would rather be listed in the pro haunt catagory because I believe that we are deserving and at the least a top 5 attraction in the US.....
A little cocky you bet I am...........
I also think that any haunt must be gone through during October and judged for itself even to be listed at all on any top list...

Jolly Pumpkin
06-05-2008, 09:26 AM
It looks like you have them all except that Turbidite Manor isn't a home haunt. It's a pro haunt.

06-05-2008, 09:29 AM
There is no question that these guys should be in the top 5 Hell the top 3 in my opinion hands down. I have had several email me and ask why Graystone did not submit. I like to keep people guessing as to whats behind the walls of Graystone Manor. Also even though I (myself) have been doing haunts for 20 years I am still pretty new to the "for profit haunt" And think I should not allow us to be judged with peope who have been doing it on the "professional" level for so long. Dont get me wrong Graystone has well over 300,000.00 invested but we wanna lay low and see Atrox and some of the other guys get their just recongnition. In time we will be glad to show the Haunt World just who we are. But as for now I say Good Job Guys! AND KEEP SCARING THE HELL OUT OF EVERYONE! Shane and thats Insane Shane to some!

06-05-2008, 09:31 AM
To Larry and The community:

Thank you for considering us, we are honored. Best of luck to all contenders

Dan and Jon

06-05-2008, 10:29 AM
You forgot The Realm of Terror Haunted House...Best Haunt Category. Here is the video again:

Perhaps you somehow put it under home haunt? I see ROT haunted house listed there? Perhaps a bit of confusion?

Mutant Space Gerbil
06-05-2008, 10:31 AM
Larry its Farmers Cemetery not mansion


Something in the Ice Productions

06-05-2008, 10:42 AM
Larry, are people supposed to post their votes on this thread or are you going to set up a poll elsewhere?

Check out our video for Hauntworlds Top 13 Haunts Contest!

06-05-2008, 10:48 AM
Larry will not be voting because he has a couple of his haunts listed. I am the judge ( Shane) on this one. Its going to be hard for me to pick the best 13 and I am sure I will take a couple of dog cussings over it but I will try my best to do the best job I can. Good Luck To You All. Shane and thats Judge Shane in this case.

06-05-2008, 01:24 PM
If I missed one post the VIDEO HERE... and clearly state



blah, blah.

I am now going to compile all the videos into one thread and ask everyone to watch them. Then we'll put up a survey.

And the voting will begin.

Since there is so many attractions, they will be grouped into categories of 5 or 6 haunts, in other words like 4 different groups of haunts competing against each other. The ones with the most votes will win. Do not vote for haunts you do not think should win.


06-11-2008, 11:25 AM
when will these videos be complied and what not

06-12-2008, 04:42 AM
Just waiting for my new survey program to go on line...


06-12-2008, 08:16 AM
oh allright

Scary Jerry
06-12-2008, 09:20 AM
Please consider another entry under both pro and charity haunts:

The Hagan Haunted Mansion

This haunt is built by the students in the Scary U program. This program provides local disadvantaged teens with leadership and teamwork training while they learn to build and run a commercial haunted house. The program is produced by the educational non-profit, The Jewell Performing Arts Center, Inc.

The Hagan Haunted Mansion won The HauntX "Best Haunted House" award in 2 of the last 4 years despite occupying only 1600 square feet.

SkullTroniX and Fox Productions are major supporters of the Scary U program.

60% of the ticket proceeds go to the cost of the production and 40% goes to another local educational charity. The production is 100% volunteer.

If we need to post videos please let me know.


Jim Warfield
06-12-2008, 01:20 PM
Actualy this contest should be called :"The 13 Best Videos of a Haunted Attractions", right?

06-12-2008, 09:43 PM
As Noah mentioned, Turbidite Manor was mentioned for pro Haunted Attraction category, not Home Haunt. Thanks!

06-13-2008, 10:12 AM
I think you should nominate House at Haunted Hill for best home haunt.
Here is the website: http://www.houseathauntedhill.com/galleryarchives.html

06-13-2008, 11:37 AM
Always been partial to the Realm of Darkness in Pontiac, MI.

Scary Jerry
06-15-2008, 10:16 AM
Here's the link to two of our videos.

The room used a 7x7' pepper's ghost for the Prince of Darkness, two puppeteers, a live actress and 2 skulltronix skulls.

The Seance
The room used a live actor to roll the gypsy out in her wheelchair. It has a seance table with a top that pops up and a skelerector pops out. What you can't see in the video are the scrim walls with actors faces floating about the room. We use hidden blacklights and blacklight makeup. Also there was a swinging chandelier, blowing curtains and a massive sound system for the scream.



Jim Warfield
06-15-2008, 03:08 PM
E-mailed me because I had been on Larry's first "13 Best List, they were looking to make a show called "Halloween Tech".
They assumed that being touted as "Unusual" meant I had high tech stuff here.
I have a lot of sweat-equity in my place but no tech.
I act and storytell well enough to entertain most people. That's not tech.
This house is really haunted. That's sure not tech! (No matter what some wish to think it is, rather than haunted!)
I actually have scared many haunters,(many without even trying to) maybe because I didn't have any tech here?
"Life is Strange, If You Take the Time To Notice."