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Horrorlust Haunt Awards: A History

Posted in Awards with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2014 by bluefall8

The haunt awards, like Horrorlust itself, are the result of an evolution. The 2013 crop will be the sixth annual edition for most of the awards — Rotten Pumpkin, Eerie Vibrations, Dark Horse, Killer Automatons, Pulse Pounder, and Monster all debuted following the 2008 haunt season. The Prop Master and Samhain Awards were both added at the conclusion of the 2011 season, thus making this the third consecutive year for those respective distinctions.

The oldest award that we recognize is of course, Haunt of the Year. This award predates Horrorlust, indeed Haunt of the Year goes back even further than Hallowblog, the predecessor to this blog. Not long before I began chronicling all of these wonderful haunted adventures my merry band of travelers and I would simply agree upon the best attraction of the Halloween season. And so you’ll notice that in the annals of Horrorlust, that the Haunt of the Year Award is officially recognized as having originated in 2005.

As an interesting aside, it’s worth noting that these awards were initially called the Haunt Trinity Haunt Awards. If you delve into the depths of past Horrorlust posts you’re sure to come across such a phrase. The Haunt Trinity was a nickname I fashioned once a upon a time for a frequent trio of haunters. The group was comprised of myself, Jason (my older brother), and our good friend John who is sometimes referred to in these posts as the Disco Devil or simply, Disco.

I used to get a kick out of the name; I even spun spur of the moment rhymes about it and haunted attractions but mostly I think it merely served to annoy everybody else. After a time, it was rarely just the three of us participating in the beloved haunt excursions; a half a dozen or more friends and acquaintances regularly rotated in and out on any given night. My brother began to joke that the nickname Haunt Trinity was a misnomer.

A couple of years ago he found work in a new field and his schedule changed drastically; allowing him to partake in the haunted festivities only a time or two per season. This roughly coincided with the advent of Horrorlust and so it has been since 2011 that the annual awards have shared the namesake of this blog.

Readers, if you need a refresher on any of the awards please refer to the other posts under the “Awards” category, where full descriptions are posted. As a historical footnote, it’s worth mentioning that we began to recognize an honorable mention for each award in 2009 although those are not listed in this post. Interested parties are referred to the aforementioned entries found under the “Awards” category.

Fun Fact: No haunted attraction has ever been named Haunt of the Year on more than one occasion. In fact, there exists just two haunted houses that claimed the same award in multiple years. House of the Dead (Terror Town) won the Killer Automatons Award four consecutive years from 2009-2012. Deadly Intentions secured the Monster Award in back-to-back years during the 2008 and 2009 haunt seasons.

 

Rotten Pumpkin

2008: Templin’s Night Terror (Wyandotte Jaycees)

2009: Jackson’s Underworld

2010: Leo’s House of Horror

2011: Anxiety Alley

2012: Scream Machine

 

Eerie Vibrations

2008: Homer Mill

2009: Bowbee’s Nightmare (Haunted Hollows)

2010: The Haunted Farm

2011: Catacombs & The Rusthole (Darksyde Acres)

2012: Bloodview

 

Dark Horse

2008: Realm of Haunted Minds

2009: Extreme Scream

2010: Woods of Darkness

2011: Krazy Hilda’s Barn of Doom

2012: Dimensions of Darkness

 

Killer Automatons

2008: Erebus

2009: House of the Dead (Terror Town)

2010: House of the Dead (Terror Town)

2011: House of the Dead (Terror Town)

2012: House of the Dead (Terror Town)

 

Pulse Pounder

2008: County Morgue (Chainsaw Creek)

2009: Bowbee’s Nightmare (Haunted Hollows)

2010: Demonic Demons

2011: Catacombs & The Rusthole (Darksyde Acres)

2012: Slaughter House (Slaughter House Adventure)

 

Monster

2008: Deadly Intentions

2009: Deadly Intentions

2010: Realm of Darkness

2011: Catacombs & The Rusthole (Darksyde Acres)

2012: Sinister

 

Prop Master

2011: Tent of Terror (The Boneyard)

2012: Barn of Horrors (Erwin Orchards)

 

Samhain

2011: October 14, 2011 (Krazy Hilda’s, Chelsea Feargrounds, The Boneyard)

2012: October 12, 2012 (Erwin Orchards, Slaughter House Adventure, A Nightmare on Elm Road)

 

Haunt of the Year

2005: Nautical Nightmare

2006: Erebus

2007: Realm of Darkness

2008: House of the Dead (Terror Town)

2009: Bowbee’s Nightmare (Haunted Hollows)

2010: Demonic Demons

2011: Catacombs & The Rusthole (Darksyde Acres)

2012: Sinister

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Slaughtered, Terrified, and Muddy

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by bluefall8

It was a long and enjoyable night of haunting for John, Cikalo, and I. We’d like to offer our thanks to Ken and his crew at Slaughter House for being such gracious hosts — it was there that we completed the haunted hat trick with trips through Slaughter House Barn, Haunted Maze, and Bloodbath and Beyond Hayride!

We marveled at the cornstalks which we estimated to be somewhere between twelve and thirteen feet tall; easily the biggest we’ve ever witnessed. We’ve saw some big ones before too, in 2010 The Haunted Farm in Pleasantville, Ohio sported stalks of corn so large we swore that they’d been gorged on the blood of innocents. Indeed, even that beastly crop was topped by the maize afforded at Slaughter House. We even watched as one middle-aged woman shambled drunkenly into the dense corn to urinate, and when she reemerged the cornstalks shifted and swayed violently as if a Sasquatch or a pack of wolves was about to emerge; a comical feast for the eyes!

When we had disembarked from the Bloodbath and Beyond Hayride we cut a swift path to the car, the hour had grown late and we still had a date with the Terrorfied Forest and Manor in Pinckney. In our haste I failed to notice a large trailer hitch that jutted out from the rear of a pickup truck — my shin took the full force of the impact and I hit the ground like a ton of bricks. My cohorts could only laugh at my plight as I rolled about on the ground and spat curses, but there was another haunt to get to so I bucked up and hobbled my way to the vehicle despite the fact that Cikalo believed my leg to be broken (it wasn’t).

Terrorfied Forest and Manor turned out to be an interesting and fun haunted attraction despite its’ various shortcomings. The Manor itself was all to brief for my liking but the Terrorfied Forest proved to be longer than expected and offered a few surprises as well. As with every attraction we visit I’ll have full reviews posted in the days and weeks to come.

In other news, Horror Month continued to roar on this weekend at Mud Puppet Studios. We now have a trailer posted that chronicles everything viewers can expect from the Mud Puppets during the season of screams. Furthermore, just today we uploaded the latest cable access episode to our YouTube channel, the aptly titled Murder Mystery featured interviews with the Wyandotte Jaycees and Reverend Thaddeus Doogoody. We also showcased two sketches, a clip from 2012’s Our Muddy Nightmare, and a video from our jaunt through Bloodbath on Biddle!