The 2019 Haunt Awards


I’m so glad that you joined us for City Blood’s Haunt Awards. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Since 2004, City Blood has awarded haunts in everything from Best Props to Best Concessions. We appreciate all the blood, sweat and tears that goes into creating a frightening haunt and we thank all the haunt workers that are passionate about haunts and Halloween. We tour haunts that are theatrical and others that are in your face and hands on. We toured haunts in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and we experienced things that we won’t soon forget.

I can confidently say that it was an extreme year for haunts. I had blood poured on my head, I was buried alive, I was bitten by a vampire and I was even picked up by a howling werewolf. There were record crowds due to the great weather. Hell, we even had a Friday, the 13th with a Full Moon. We toured a few new haunts and we had a great Halloween. We only had five trick or treaters and it was very windy. I still enjoyed myself even if the night was a bit uneventful. I had to watch the one and only Halloween of course.

It was a strange season with Coney Island removing their classic rides and carnival games. We luckily got to visit before everything was taken down. Kings Island’s Vortex roller coaster had its final ride on October 27th. It’s been operating since 1987. In previous years we had an extensive season in review, but this time it’s different. We’re going to get right to it and not beat around the bush.

It’s now what you’ve all been waiting for. Drum roll, please. City Blood’s 2019 Haunt of the Year is none other than

1: The Dent Schoolhouse

What can I say about The Dent Schoolhouse that hasn’t been said a million times before? The Dent Schoolhouse is one of the best haunts in the nation. We’re impressed with the attention to detail, the incredible props, the crazy characters, the great makeup and of course the creativity. There’s something special about how most of the scenes are themed after a schoolhouse that’s been taken over by spirits, students, school staff, killers and creatures that are beyond comprehension. This is a world class haunted house that’s scary before ever stepping foot inside. We are ecstatic to say that The Dent Schoolhouse is City Blood’s 2019 Haunt of the Year.

The Rest of the Top 10

2: Fear Fair (Seymour, IN)

3: USS Nightmare (Newport, KY)

4: The Haunted Hotel (Louisville, KY)

5: The Devil’s Attic (Louisville, KY)

6: House of Trepidation (Indianapolis, IN)

7: Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride (Petersburg, KY)

8: Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror (Springfield, OH)

9: Nightmare on Edgewood (Indianapolis, IN)

10: The Mayhem Mansion (Morning View, KY)

Below is a variety of awards we give out to haunts we’ve reviewed during the 2019 Haunt Season. We congratulate all the winners!

Ohio’s Best Haunt

The Dent Schoolhouse

Kentucky’s Best Haunt

USS Nightmare

Indiana’s Best Haunt

Fear Fair

Most Impressive Scream Park

Land of Illusion

Best Haunted House

The Dent Schoolhouse

Most Horrifying Haunted Trail

Middletown Haunted Trail

Most Frightful Haunted Hayride

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride

Best Old School Haunt

The Mayhem Mansion

Most Interactive Haunt

USS Nightmare’s RIP Experience

Most Physical Haunt

All Hallows Eve’ Terror Town

Most Unique Haunt

Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride

Most Impressive Side Attraction (Not A Haunt)

Haunted Homecoming at Halloween Haunt

Best Bang For Your Buck

Land of Illusion

Most Halloween Spirit

The Dent Schoolhouse

Best Acting

The Devil’s Attic

Best Actor

Billy Edwards as Peaches at Fear Fair

Best Actress

Zoe Hall as Medusa at The Devil’s Attic

Best Young Actor

Dillon as the Ghillie Zombie at The Backwoods

Most Intimidating Character

The Blood Moon Beast played by Derrick Allen at Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror

Most Spooktacular Queue Line

The Dent Schoolhouse

Best Queue Line Theatrics

All Hallows’ Eve Terror Town

Best Queue Line Actor

Tom Gripshover as Remus at The Mayhem Mansion

Best Queue Line Actress

McKayla Kumher as Pip at Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods

Our Favorite Psycho Killer

The Boogeyman played by Jon Moran at Forgotten Forest (Brimstone Haunt)

Our Favorite Freak

Pip played by McKayla Kumher at Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods

Best Mad Doctor

Dr. Dent played by Luke Woytowich at The Dent Schoolhouse

Most Sinful Nun

Rahu Played by Jenny Hogan at The Haunted Hotel

Craziest Killer Clowns

Nightmare on Edgewood

Our Favorite Killer Clown

Ka’Blamo Mortem played by Daniel Ruwan at The Dent Schoolhouse

Most Unusual Character

Killer Rabbit with Crank Siren at Twisted Trails

Most Blood Thirsty Vampires

The Devil’s Attic

Most Wicked of Witches

Twisted Trails

Best Backwoods Hillbillies

Black Orchard Haunted House

Most Convincing Hillbilly

Tom Gripshover as Remus at The Mayhem Mansion

Most Insane Mental Patients

Nightmare on Edgewood

Hungriest Flesh Eating Zombies

Outbreak at Hanna Haunted Acres

Most Convincing Victims

Black Orchard Haunted House

Most Sadistic Chainsaw Maniacs

The Haunted Hotel

Most Mysterious Creature

Robed Ghouls at Fear Fair

Most Memorable Haunt Mascot

The Goatman at Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods

Best Costumes

USS Nightmare

Our Favorite Costume

Medusa played by Zoe Hall at The Devil’s Attic

Best Masks

The Devil’s Attic

Our Favorite Mask

Edmund “Metal Mouth Dorrance” played by Corey Sandlin at Literally, a Haunted House

Best Makeup

USS Nightmare

Most Unique Scene

Walk Through Jack-O’-Lantern at Twisted Trails

Funniest Scene

Prison Cell Spooning at Fear Fair Featuring Billy Edwards as Peaches

Most Shockingly Gory Scene

Church Sacrifice at All Hallows’ Eve Terror Town

Most Bizarre Scene

Fat Man Medicine Feeding at Malice Manor

Most Provocative Scene

Motel 69 at Fright Manor Featuring Christiana Schlueter Keith

Most Out of This World Alien Encounter

Area 49 at Middletown Haunted Trail (LOI)

Most Death Defying Scare

Impaler Balcony Collapse at USS Nightmare

Most Nerve Wrecking Vehicle Chases

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride

Most Effective Finale

Hanna Haunted Hayride‘s Combine Chase

Most Confusing Dark Maze

Dark Maze Inside Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall

Best Chain Maze

Chain Maze Inside Killer Klowns at Land of Illusion

Best Mirror Maze

Mirror Maze Inside C.H.A.O.S at Halloween Haunt

Best Corn Maze

Pandemic at Hanna Haunted Acres

Laboratory Dr. Frankenstein Would Be Jealous Of

The Dent Schoolhouse Featuring Experiment DS6

Most Spooktacular Graveyard

Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride

Most Mesmerizing Swamp

Fear Fair

Most Realistic Thunder Storm

The Haunted Lake at Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror

Best Horror Movie Recreations

The Devil’s Attic

Best Set Design

The Dent Schoolhouse

Best Lighting

House of Trepidation

Best Sound Design

USS Nightmare

Best Use of Loud Sounds

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride

Best Use of Darkness

Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods

Best Use of Fog

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

Best Use of Fire

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride

Best Use of Water

Malice Manor

Best Use of Religious Themes

Fright Manor’s Portal to Hell

Best Props

The Dent Schoolhouse

Favorite Animatronic Monster

USS Nightmare’s Impaler

Most Unique Animatronic

Killer Robot at Psychosis (Brimstone Haunt)

Most Intense Hellevator

The Haunted Hotel

Best Vortex Tunnel

USS Nightmare’s Tilting Vortex Tunnel

Best Claustrophobia Tunnel

The Dent Schoolhouse’s Gory Trash Heap

Best Actor Participation Prop

Reanimator at The Devil’s Attic

Most Eye Catching Special Effect

Fog Curtain at House of Trepidation

Most Impressive CGI Effects

Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride

Best Fake Out

Severed Monkey Head Thrown by Rod Whitenack at Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods

Most Unique Location

USS Nightmare’s Haunted Steamboat

Scariest Looking Location

Haunted Mansion at The Mayhem Mansion

Best Backstory

The Mayhem Mansion

Best Concessions

All Hallows’ Eve Terror Town

Most Unique Concessions/Gift Shop

The Buckeye Trading Post at Highway 50 Fright Field

Most Reasonable Concessions

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall

Best Haunt Apparel (T-Shirts, Hoodies, etc.)

The Dent Schoolhouse

Best Photo Op Stations

The Dent Schoolhouse

Most Impressive Hearse

Fire Breathing Hearse at Brimstone Haunted Hayride

Favorite Ticket Taker

Former Researcher played by Mary Eve Sieg at Literally, a Haunted House at Culbertson Mansion

Our Favorite Haunt Website

The Dent Schoolhouse

Best Haunt Ad/Trailer

The Dent Schoolhouse’s Scary Stories