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  1. Default America Haunts 2013 question 
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Brilliant Ohio
    The new list of Scariest Haunts for 2013 is out. I recall being on the list for the inaugural City Blood Visitors Choice. Fans voted, we promoted the poll and won the first year. It was real and we were proud of it and Noah is a pretty good dude. However, America Haunts comes out in JULY. Some real nice haunts on the list and I hate to sound jealous or disrespectful of those listed, but, Ive heard this is bought and paid for. That, in my mind is a crock! I've heard the same with Top Haunts. Being on these list is and should be an honor. No else will say it on here so I will. My question is how much does a Haunt have to pay for this "honor"?
    Like a midget at a urinal, you gotta be on your toes


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    America Haunts is not a list. It is an organization, or association if you will of major professional Haunted Attractions. Membership is difficult to achieve, based on many factors and years often go by without any new members being added. This group and its members have been working for the good of the industry for years, and have originated or supported a huge amount of the positive media, television, events and education that have helped this industry.

    Lists pop up every year from a number of sources and like a critics list of movies they are the opinions of the lists originator and often have voting components, are localized, etc. Some have been around for years and are from major media sources and thus carry more weight and some pop up overnight from nowhere.

    Hope that clears up your question.
    Ben Armstrong

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    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Luray, VA
    Good idea would be to form a similar loose association of haunts in your own state. I and some other haunt owners have been doing this in Virginia with Screamfreak.com. We have kept it very inclusive, and it has worked out pretty well so far.

    Louis Brown
    Owner, operator, and dish washer
    DarkWood Manor

  4. Default How Stupid can the public be? 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    This has been tested often.
    A newspaper article says a new haunt will be opening this October and the same story might also say that it was voted the Scariest Haunt!?
    Who voted? Supernatural entites? Forecasters of trends in fashions and colors?
    Maybe the only vote came from the Grandmother who just wrote Little "Billie" the check to rent the abandoned chicken coop from the neighbor?
    The serious part of this is basically, as I see it, the general public is NOT sTuPiD! But when they notice such stupid attempts coming from a "Business" I believe bad vibes, PR set up a field of negativity and phoney hype that hurts most of us, coming across seeming to be the First Cousin of a smake oil salesman who is prepared to gladly take their money for very little in return.. "What!? Again?"
    I do not try to ever make my haunt the scariest, even though it may terrify some unintentionally, since my house is open every night of the year and weekend afternoons my customers are many times tourists, curiosity seekers, sometimes with timid children and maybe even Grandma along.
    I really do love being referred to as someone's "Favorite" Haunt, and I have never paid anyone to print this or say it , either.. but it is for many.

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    Oct 2011
    Lexington, KY.
    Just a thought...but the America Haunts campaigns say "America's BEST haunted houses"...now, I'm not arguing that point because I do think those are the best haunt. However, your statement that it's not a list is false if this is what the AH marketing does. So, just splitting hairs here...but America Haunts IS in fact a list. And the one with the most money always calls the shots.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Remember the golden rule. He with the most gold makes all the rules.

    BUT, it's hard to argue that those are not the best haunts and as long as they lead the industry in a positive light, ultimately we all win.


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    Nov 2008
    Lurker LOL@ the showroom comment!

  8. Default Or Maybe Mr. Wealthy.. 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    Had just paid three or ten times for that black plastic and cardboard because a "Good Friend" was advising him?
    You never know?
    Maybe THAT Black Plastic is really Haunted because it was recycled from second-hand body bags?
    Maybe the cardboard was made from a haunted sacred forrest cut down because someone's religion had changed?
    Every Haunt can be truthful saying theirs is "The Best!" just qualify it in the small type at the bottom of the poster or ad.
    I know one that all they need to add is "Best Haunt in the "only open 6 hours a year "catagory.
    I had a local Farmer tell me I had "The Best Haunted House By a Dam Site!" The Dam was very close to my house as is the river.
    The dam only lasted from 1838 to 1911.

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