In 2013, I presented my first batch of fun awards to area haunted houses. Unique categories were created with the intent that, once awarded, the category would be retired unless a new haunt stepped up to win. The idea was to prevent a haunt from winning for the same thing over and over.

For 2014, I created several new awards, and even a new survey to let DMHH visitors vote on the haunted houses in various subjective categories ("DMHH Victim's Choice" Awards).

And now it's time to do it again...

2017 DMHH Awards

Finally, some haunted houses have figured out how this works. We saw heavy promotion of the voting by Slaughterhouse and Sleepy Hollow on their Facebook pages, and that got results! Meanwhile, other haunts which likely deserved to win some of the categories, were left in the dust (as of this posting in 2018, one hasn't even touched it's facebook page in two years!).

This year, in spite of the instructions for ONE VOTE, there was huge duplicate voting going on. All those votes were discarded, and unfortunately, any future voting will now be done via a Google login. This will likely reduce the amount of votes received, but they should be higher quality. Because of this cheating, the end results are probably even less scientific than they normally would be. I will not call out the haunted house(s) that got voted on this way, since it seems unlikely they would have been the ones to encourage cheating for a meaningly web poll like this ;-)

A bit about how things are calculated: A vote for the "best" haunted house is rather meaningless if you only went to one haunted house. How can you tell if it was the best if you have nothing else to compare it to? Because of this, raw votes alone are not enough to win here. It's not a perfect system, since it relies on people being honest about what they visited, and what they liked... Like all voting :)

And now ... the reults from 2017, which were all taken by only three haunts!

As you can see, the power of social media from the two haunts with the largest number of Facebook followers was enouhg to let the dominate. The voting pattern also showed most votes were straight across the board -- same haunt in every category -- which is surprising since the two most expensive haunts where voted "Best Value." Since these categories have now been basically rendered useless, moving forward we will likely scale back to a simple "Favorite" category plus any specific DMHH awards.

Details

Best Sets - Slaughterhouse

The return of Slaughterhouse brought with it permanent sets that rival those found at major theme parks. Being able to build throughout the year allowed for attention to detail normally not possible. From the distressed walls down to the leaky, rusty bolts (hand-crafted from custom molds they made), the attention to detail here is stunning. Pity the haunt has to be kept so dark. Most folks weren't even able to see all their hard work...

DMHH Victim's Choice

We asked you to tell us which haunts you visited this year, and then pick your favorite one from several categories. The more haunts you experienced, the more your vote would count (since you had more to compare with). Here are the questions we asked, and the results of our second annual non-scientific survey.

SCARIEST: First, which haunted house did you think was the "scariest"? (Not the overall best, but the one that scared you or startled you the most.)

Scariest - Slaughterhouse

Scariest Runner Up - Freakshow @ Sleepy Hollow

FUNNEST: Second, which haunted attraction did you think was the "funnest"? (Again, not overall "best", but the one you had the most fun going through.)

Scariest - Slaughterhouse

Scariest Runner Up - Freakshow @ Sleepy Hollow

COOLEST: Third, which haunted attraction did you think was the "coolest"? (For instance, best sound, coolest sets, neatest special effects -- regardless of if it was scary or not, or expensive or cheap.)

Scariest - Slaughterhouse

Scariest Runner Up - Freakshow @ Sleepy Hollow

BEST VALUE: Fourth, which haunted attraction did you think was the "best value" for the ticket price? (For example, you might think a $5 haunt was great for the price, even if it wasn't anywhere as good as a $20 haunt you visited. Or, you may find a $16 haunt disappointing, but would have loved it if it was $10.)

Best Value - Slaughterhouse

Best Value Runner Up - Eldora Haunted Hospital

OVERALL BEST: Fifth, which haunted attraction did you think was the overall "best"? (For whatever reason - maybe it had the coolest special effects even if it wasn't scary, or it was the longest -- the one YOU personally liked the most.)

Scariest - Slaughterhouse

Scariest Runner Up - Freakshow @ Sleepy Hollow

ONLY ONE: And finally, for whatever reason (most fun, scariest, best for the money), if you had only gotten to choose just ONE haunted attraction to attend this year, which ONE would it have been?

Scariest - Slaughterhouse

Scariest Runner Up - Freakshow @ Sleepy Hollow

See Awards from: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.