There are so many lists out there right now its gotten nutty... there are haunt owners now who started fake websites just to list themselves the best haunt in their city, state or whatever. Who knows how all these things are done now... all I know is we started the top 10 to the top 13 then we expanded to the top 31 haunts for 31 haunts of October then people went and copied that as well. I think most of the lists are created just to put themselves on a list.
As for as the Hauntworld list Patti and myself put ours together based on what we know about he haunts and the support they offer Hauntworld. We do everything we can to help promote the haunted house industry and the haunts who support us. That is what our mission is at this point.
I can't tell you how all these other lists are created and what their objectives are. Larry