2020 Haunt Awards From The Scare Factor’s Team Zombillies

TIS the season for giving. And besides one of those 12’ skeletons from Home Depot, a great gift for haunters this season is recognition for all of their hard work, because at the end of the day, we’re all entertainers and we like feeling appreciated for what we do.

Nora and Tyler from The Scare Factor present the awards from their team, Team Zombillies for the 2020 Halloween season.

Nora and Tyler’s site, the Scare Factor is pretty infamous in the industry and they put a lot of work every season into not only cataloging haunts that are out there, but organizing review teams all across the country. The reviewers write honest reviews, and those honest reviews help make people decide whether to go to haunts.

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Full Awards List

Funniest Scare – Hysterium Haunted Asylum – Fort Wayne, IN Bobby and Bennie
Best Clowning Around – Grissom Maze of Terror – Peru, IN 
Best Use of Fog – House of Trepidation – Indianapolis Fog Curtain
Scariest Animatronics – Nightmare on Edgewood – Indianapolis 
Best Sliders – Wicked World Scare Grounds – Nicholasville, KY 
Best Vortex – Tunnel Fear Itself – Mishawaka, IN Dark Circus
Most Realistic Scare – Fear Itself Ward 13, Box Drop
Most Unique Costumes – Grim Trails – Louisville, KY 
Scariest Duo – Grim Trails Goldilocks & The Bear
Best Chainsaw Scare – Land of Illusion – Middletown, OH Middletown Haunted Trail
Most Challenging Maze – Land of Illusion Big Mama’s Revenge
Best Hiding Spots – Necropolis Underground – Indianapolis, IN 
Scariest Actor – Necropolis Underground Baron Samedi
Most Interactive Queue Entertainers – American Horrorplex – Louisville, KY 
Highest Rated Cast – American Horrorplex 
Hardest Haunt to Escape Alive – Unreal Nightmares – Jasonville, IN 
Most Unnerving Sound Effects – Unreal Nightmares 
Scariest Actress – Unreal Nightmares The Crawling Nurse
Best Makeup – The Devil’s Attic – Louisville, KY 
Highest Rated Costuming – The Devil’s Attic 
Highest Rated Customer Service – The Devil’s Attic 
Highest Rated Theme – The Devil’s Attic 
Most Believable Haunt – The Thirteenth Hour – Indianapolis, IN 
Best Introduction Scene – The Thirteenth Hour 
Best Outdoor Scenes – The Thirteenth Hour 
Best Finale – The Thirteenth Hour 
Highest Rated Haunt – The Haunted Hotel – Louisville, KY 
Highest Rated Atmosphere – The Haunted Hotel KY 
Highest Rated Special Effects – The Haunted Hotel KY 
Scariest Haunt – The Haunted Hotel KY 
Highest Rated Value – The Haunted Hotel KY 

What the Judges Had To Say

Below are the comments from Tyler and Nora behind each award.

FUNNIEST SCARE

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Hysterium Haunted Asylum

The funniest scare goes to Hysterium Haunted Asylum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Specifically, Bobby and Bennie.

Nora:
Oh my God. We walked into this place and they were the first ones to greet us at the door. I’ll just say they were in underwear, and that was it.

Tyler:
If offering you turds, or I’m sorry, candy bars and urine, I mean, lemonade is an introduction. Then these guys did a wonderful job.

Nora:
They definitely have some crazy patients in there.

BEST CLOWNING AROUND

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Grissom Maze of Terror

Next on the list is the Best Clowning Around award. And that goes to… Grissom Maze of Terror in Peru, Indiana.

Nora:
The clowns in there were very interactive, and one of them particularly got really upset because I wasn’t laughing at his jokes.

Tyler:
Come to find out pounds, have an inherent built-in need to be laughed at in order for them to survive, and this guy made very clear to us and we weren’t sure if we weren’t getting out of his scene until we laughed.

Nora:
Not only that he had a surprise for us and it resulted in me jumping off the floor. So that’s why, you know, it’s the best clowning around. Our next award is the Best Use of Fog Award, and it goes to…

BEST USE OF FOG

House of Trepidation
Image Credit: House of Trepidation

Tyler:
House of Trepidation in Indianapolis, Indiana. They got this Best Use of Fog Award. They had an amazing effect. Now we’ve seen it at a couple of places, but this one took it to an extra little level, they had one of those fog curtains were it comes in front of you and dissipates, and they had a projector behind it, putting an image on the fog curtain.

Nora:
But this year there was something else waiting for us on the other side of that fog, so it really rounded out the whole scare.

Tyler:
We won’t ruin exactly what it was, but it matched what was on the projection, so that was beautifully executed. Good job House of Trepidation.

SCARIEST ANIMATRONICS

Nightmare on Edgewood
Image Credit: Nightmare on Edgewood

Nora:
We’re giving out a new award this year. This one is the Scariest Animatronics.

Tyler:
Not just animatronics or special effects, scariest animatronic. Now a lot of haunts have animatronics, and to go above and beyond and focus a lot of scares on the animatronics, that’s pretty cool fee. That award is going to Nightmare on Edgewood in Indianapolis, Indiana. Congratulations, Nightmare on Edgewood.

Nora:
There was a time when I looked down and all I felt was a chomp. I looked down and my arm was inside the teeth of something and I was like, I just literally got eaten.

Tyler:
By an animatronic.

BEST SLIDERS

Fear itself
Image Credit: Wicked World Scare Grounds

Nora:
Our next award is another new one for this year. It is the Best Sliders Award, and it goes to Wicked World Scare Grounds in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Tyler:
Congratulations, wicked world.

Nora:
Yes, they had two sliders when we were there in their queue area while we were waiting in line, and both of them were just all over the place shooting sparks. One of them was also twirling and a chainsaw sometimes.

Tyler:
Every time we turned around, we heard somebody.

Nora:
They were scaring people, right and left. They’d come out of the porta potties and they’d slide toward them. They were sliding under the rope for the queue line. I mean, they were all over the place.

BEST VORTEX TUNNEL

Fear Itself
Image Credit: Fear Itself

Nora:
Our next award goes out to the Best Vortex Tunnel.

Tyler:
Vortex Tunnels are getting a little bit common too. So, to find one that, you know, stood out above and beyond all the rest of them and had a really great effect, it’s a pretty good achievement as well.

Nora:
This particular one had like a group of 15 people holding on to the rails because it was so dizzying that we were like, “Oh my God.”

Tyler:
Had an interesting way of making it look a lot longer than it was too. Some of you guys who go to a lot of haunts might realize how they put mirrors at the end and kind of make it look a little bit longer. Well, these were really flattened straight mirrors. So you really couldn’t tell they were mirrors and they turned a double vortex into like a triple. So, that award is going to Fear Itself in Mishawaka, Indiana; specifically the Dark Circus attraction, cause they’ve got multiple haunts there. So, congratulations to the Dark Circus at Fear Itself.

MOST REALISTIC SCARE

Fear Itself Ward 13
Image Credit: Fear Itself

Nora:
And we have another award for Fear Itself. That would be the Most Realistic Scare, and that is going to Ward 13 for their drop box scare. We don’t want to read any surprises, but there was some sort of boxes in an area.

Tyler:
Might have been stacked a little bit too tall.

Nora:
They didn’t stay stacked. So, it got about six of us at one time.

Tyler:
Which makes you think, they were standing up there for however long, and then they just happened to fall right when we walk.

MOST UNIQUE COSTUMES

Grim Trails
Image Credit: Grim Trails

Tyler:
This next award is going out for the Most Unique Costumes. Now a lot of haunts have their own twist and turn on costumes. So, everybody’s unique in that aspect, but some of them, especially these ones, are just totally beyond and not like anything that you see at a lot of haunts. That haunt is Grim Trails in Louisville, Kentucky. Their whole haunt is themed around fairy tales and these mythical creatures, and having those costumes that are custom made just for those kinds of characters was really refreshing to see, it’s not just your typical zombies or clowns or movie characters or something like that. They were really special and unique, so we thought they were very deserving of the most unique costumes award.

SCARIEST DUO

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Grim Trails

Nora:
Grim Trails receives another award, and that award is the Scariest Duo.

Tyler:
Yeah, duo what we’re calling a duo is a pair of actors that are working together.

Nora:
Actors/Actresses. This particular one goes to Goldilocks and the Bear, and this was the main scene that we encountered, like the first main scene that we encountered at Grim Trails. We walked into, you know, this building and Goldilocks come running up to us frantic.

Tyler:
Begging for help.

Nora:
Yes, and then all of a sudden, this giant bear grabs her and throws her up against the wall.

Tyler:
Legs just smacked against the wall. I think she had knee pads on and stuff. So, she’d been doing it pretty consistently.

Nora:
Yeah. And then we looked at that bear and he came after us with a weapon and we’re like, “Oh, it’s time to shag butt outta here.”

BEST CHAINSAW SCARE

Land of Illusion
Image Credit: Land of Illusion

Tyler:
The next award on the list is for the Best Chainsaw Scare. Now we left this one pretty vague for a reason because you see chainsaws quite a bit in a few haunts. So, we wanted to make sure that we could give an award to kind of the best of the best as far as chainsaws and those kinds of scares go. So, we felt this award was pretty appropriately named for that. That award is going to the crew on the Middletown Haunted Trail at Land of Illusion. Congratulations, you guys. There was probably four or five of them all came out at once.

Nora:
One of them come from above, like he jumped down like right in front of us, and not only do they chainsaw scare and they’re very close, like they get as close to you as they can, especially for COVID this year. But, they also interact verbally, and we don’t see that a lot with chainsaws because they’re running a gas powered machine that makes a lot of noise. But, even if they can tell like, they’re not scared, several of them will like stop and continue scaring verbally. So it’s very cool to see that with the chainsaw scare, cause a lot of times like us, we try to run from them and we’ll be like, “Ahhh!” But we don’t want to run cause that’s like rule number one in a haunted house, don’t run. But we can tell that they’re like, “Oh, they’re not scared.” So, then they just turn around and walk off. These guys do not do that, they’ve never done that. So, we felt like they really deserved this award. The Land of Illusion gets another award.

MOST CHALLENGING MAZE

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Land of Illusion

Tyler:
And that award is the Most Challenging Maze. Now mazes aren’t as common, but when you see them, it’s hard to find one that actually has a lot of dead ends and is a true maze and not just kind of a annoyance almost.

Nora:
Especially if they’re empty and don’t have actors in anything for customers. Like, we’ve seen a lot of people at mini mazes that are getting pretty frustrated being in them. This one probably could be frustrating to some, because it did not have actors, but it had some really creepy sounds and it had strobes and it was dark and it was very hard to find your way out. I know we went the wrong way at least like five times. So, we felt that they did the best job at executing their maze.

Tyler:
Yeah, even though, even though there’s not like a whole lot of actors or anything in there, there are things that made you think there might be actors. So, that was a pretty cool effect. It was their new haunt this year, Big Mama’s Revenge. So, congratulations and good idea, starting Big Mama’s Revenge at LOI this year.

BEST HIDING SPOTS

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Necropolis Underground

Nora:
Our next award is the Best Hiding Spots Award. And this award is going to….

Tyler:
Necropolis Underground in Indianapolis, Indiana. This place was just absolutely packed full of hiding spots. Every single haunt we went through, they were just crawling out of the woodwork; especially at first one, I think that first hunt down there has been there maybe the longest. You could really tell that, and even talking to some of the managers and stuff after this, the whole aunt was basically just built around the actors being able to get to and from, and getting multiple scares out of a few actors. So, they were coming out of furniture, drop panels, they say, they go through drop panels right and left.

Nora:
Mirrors and above pianos so they could just reach an arm through and play the piano and disappear.

Tyler:
Just seeing those little fingers coming out and playing the piano.

Nora:
Yeah. And when we talked to management, they informed us that there was basically like over 300 hidey holes that actors can interact with.

Tyler:
So many hidey holes, and they used them very well this year. So congratulations to Necropolis.

SCARIEST ACTOR

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Necropolis Underground

Nora:
And Necropolis gets another award.

Tyler:
Another one, this one’s a big one. It is the Scariest Actor Award. Out of all the actors we saw.

Nora:
There was probably, I mean, we went to 27 haunts or something along those lines this year, and I would say we saw…

Tyler:
Several hundred.

Nora:
At least, if not a thousand, actors and actresses. This was a tough award to give, it’s a tough award to give every year. But this one particular actor at Necropolis just kind of blew everybody else out of the water.

Tyler:
He’s very enthusiastic. We could almost even tell he was maybe losing his voice a little bit. He might sound like that all the time

Nora:
On the night we visited, he was everywhere, always around us somewhere. I’m not sure if he can interact with everybody like that, but he did with us, and he scared us like over and over again.

Tyler:
It’s got to go to this guy and his character name is Baron Samedi. He’s in the kind of voodoo haunt and I mean, he had a real snake while he was out in the queue line interacting with us, his whole outfit and everything looked great, he would sicing his demons on us the whole way through there.

Nora:
He was just like, “DEMONS!!” And we’re like, “oh shit.”

Tyler:
We’re getting ready to get demoned.

Nora:
They would listen to him and they’re like attacking us. And we’re like, |oh my god.”

MOST INTERACTIVE QUEUE ENTERTAINERS

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: American Horrorplex

Tyler:
Yeah. The next award is for the Most Interactive Queue Entertainers. Now, this goes out to a haunt that really took the entertainment outside the haunt and made sure that everybody waiting in line was entertained as well with actors.

Nora:
We had almost as much fun outside watching the characters as we did watching the characters inside, like they were so fun. If you were videotaping, they would come up behind you and interact and totally stay in character the entire time. Two of them were running around. One was running away from one, and the other one was in search of the other one.

Tyler:
[Acting] “Did You see that an old guy running around here. He’s about this tall…”

Nora:
They were spraying us with poison, and they tried to kill us with chainsaw and a real hammer. I mean, they just didn’t stop the whole time we were in line, and we had visited this haunt earlier in the season just because they were open earlier than everybody else. So we went through, you know, in the beginning of the season without a review and we saw the entertainers doing the same thing then too. So, it was really cool to see how interactive they were this year

Tyler:
And being consistent with being interactive.

Nora:
And this award is going to the American Horrorplex in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tyler:
Congratulations to the American Horrorplex.

HIGHEST RATED CAST

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: American Horrorplex

Tyler:
American Horrorplex is getting another award this year also. This one’s based on our team’s score when we went through and reviewed. That award is the Highest Rated Cast Award. It kind of goes along with the entertainers. That same energy was just flowing all throughout the rest of the haunt too. Just everybody was literally coming out of the woodwork and down off the walls.

Nora:
They were balls to the walls,

Tyler:
So congratulations to American Horrorplex for those two wonderful awards.

HARDEST HAUNT TO ESCAPE ALIVE. MOST UNNVERVING SOUND EFFECTS. SCARIEST ACTRESS.

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: Unreal Nightmares

Tyler:
This next haunt is getting not one, not two but three awards. Those are the Hardest Haunt to Escape Alive. The Most Unnerving Sound Effects and the Scariest Actress award. This haunt is Unreal Nightmares in Jasonville, Indiana. Kind of a hidden gem, this one is I think.

Nora:
I agree.

Tyler:
The reason we gave it, the Hardest Haunt to Escape Alive award is because they are starting to do some escape room type stuff during the off season, and they did a really cool job of integrating that into the entire haunt. It’s not just a straight walkthrough, you go in and get boo scares and all this stuff, they really make you interact with the scenes, and even some of the actors as you’re going through. I mean, we had to physically open doors and find codes to unlock mechanical walking doors. We had to work with the props to get codes. Don’t want to ruin how any of that goes down.

Nora:
Yeah, we had to look for things, and as we were looking for things, there was a point where there was a butcher that seems to me like he’s seven foot tall, and he’s standing there throwing metal objects across the room because he’s getting perturbed that we aren’t getting through that area fast enough. It just built that anxiety to get the heck out of there, and we couldn’t because we weren’t weren’t able to find…

Tyler:
She couldn’t figure out how to get out.

Nora:
The doors are just not simply, you know, your normal doors. So anybody that has been here before would understand exactly what we’re saying. So that’s why they get that award.

Tyler:
If you’re wondering where this haunt is, because they’re kind of off the beaten path, Jasonville, where the heck’s that? They’re in kind of South West Central Indiana. So maybe an hour, hour and a half or so from Indianapolis give or take. So, if you’re in anywhere around Central, South Central Indiana, definitely take the trip West and go check out Unreal Nightmares.

Nora:
There, Most Unnerving Sound Effects award. That’s the second time they’d gotten this one, they got this one last year, too. And the sounds in this place, first, they make them, and second, some of them are so skin crawling that I turned around a door to go down a hallway and the sounds just hit me and I was like, “Whoa.” I turned around and Tyler was gone. I went back through the door to find Tyler because I wasn’t going to continue down that hallway by myself.

BEST MAKEUP. HIGHEST RATED COSTUMING. HIGHEST RATED CUSTOMER SERVICE. HIGHEST RATED THEME.

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: The Devil's Attic

Nora:
The next haunt gets four awards.

Tyler:
The first award that they are getting is the Best Makeup award. That one’s also based on just the makeup score that we give in our score sheets. So this haunt has actually gotten this award for the past few years, too. If you know who you are we’re getting ready to spill the beans here. They also, kind of along the same lines, got the Highest Rated Costuming award and the Highest Rated Customer Service award and the Highest Rated Theme award. So, those are all based on scores, and they deserve every single one of them. That haunt is the Devil’s Attic, congratulations to the Devil’s Attic, in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the things that we thought really set the makeup apart this year was the use with the COVID masks and things. So, some of them had like the fabric style ones, some of them had more tighter fitting like Gators and stuff, but every single one of them, I believe, was all airbrushed and custom made for the makeup on the face too. So, they were all practicing putting them on and off and in keeping it in the same spot, that way the lines would all match up and everything. That really came through when we were going through.

Nora:
Yeah, we didn’t notice any loose ends, they were still using prosthetics and there were a few characters in there that, when they were using the Gators, it was almost like it took more of the human aspect out of their characters and it made them just a lot more believable. Like they’re snake character is one in particular that I remember.

Tyler:
It kinda made them better than they might’ve been without the makeup. So, it was a really cool achievement and that kind of rolls right into the whole costuming part. Every one of them, they’ve just got all kinds of details and stuff ingrained in their entire outfits. They’re very layered, very authentic looking, and they’re not just wearing black cloaks and popping out of the corners and stuff. They’ve developed a story around each of their characters and they don’t use very commonly used characters. So, when we’re able to pick those guys out, just based on their looks and kind of mixed with the scenes and stuff that makes for some really believable costuming. Then also the customer service award that they’re getting, they were doing a fantastic job with COVID stuff this year. Everybody we talked to was super friendly. The haunt was very safe. Once you get into the building, it’s just a flat concrete floor, basically. So there wasn’t any like trip hazards or anything like that.

Nora:
They had a lot of signage outside of the building, made it easy to find.

Tyler:
Very easy to just get around the place. So, congratulations on that one. Then the Highest Rated Theme award that goes to a haunt that really puts a lot of effort into their backstory, creating a good believable backstory, and then integrating that into the haunt and making that shine through.

Nora:
To where most customers can understand what that theme is before they completely enter. So they’re more immersed in the attraction.

Tyler:
They do a great job of getting that making sure customers know what the theme is. Because in the very first room you meet the devil, he tells you why, you know, you’re getting ready to see what you’re going to see, which is his collection of the most evil souls of all. We’ve been going to the Devil’s Attic a long time. I think they started as a haunt, as soon as we started reviewing., and we’d been going to them every year since, can’t ever wait to go back. So they’ve always done a great job of executing it.

Nora:
And they have characters in there that you would definitely expect to see in hell, and all of them are brutal and they want to kill you or suck your blood or turn you into a werewolf, or use you as their next experiment that might have something to do with mouth to ass. I mean, there’s some crazy shit in there.

MOST BELIEVABLE HAUNT. BEST INTRODUCTION SCENE. BEST OUTDOOR SCENES. BEST FINALE.

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: The Thirteenth Hour

Nora:
The next haunt is also receiving four awards.

Tyler:
The first of those awards is the Most Believable Haunt award. And that one’s also based on scores.

Nora:
That was a new award that we decided to do this year. It’s based on, I think four different scores pulled out of the score sheet and averaged together between all haunted house that we reviewed.

Tyler:
So based on those aspects, we thought that, when they combined together, would create the most believable experience, and that’s why these folks are getting it. The next award that they’re getting is the Best Introduction Scene award. The next one is the Best Outdoor Scenes award; so this is an outdoor haunt. In a lot of outdoor haunts, specifically, they seem to struggle with getting something built outside that can withstand the elements, still look very realistic, and create an immersive experience that suspend your disbelief.

Nora:
You don’t even feel like you’re outside in parts. I mean, in some parts are supposed to be outside, but other parts you’re not even paying attention to that. Then, their last award is actually Best Finale, by score as well. It was surprising to us that the same haunt received the best intro and the best finale.

Tyler:
This haunt is…

Nora:
The Thirteenth Hour in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tyler:
Congratulations to the The Thirteenth Hour.

Nora:
Yes. So, in their introduction scene, we’ve been in there with a different group, I think, every year we’ve attended. It always gets all of them all the time, but there’s lights there sounds, it introduces the theme, there may or may not be things in there that are real, can’t ruin the surprises. It’s decorated well.

Tyler:
Really great sound system in there too. The sound system is kind of what does the theme introduction too, and so just hearing all of that with everything that you’re seeing going on around you and watching the customers, watching them get scared.

Nora:
And in the past two seasons Lady Car Talker has been the character that interacts with us in there. She’s the keeper of time. I can’t do it like her, but she does a very, very good job of it, and as soon as you see her and what goes on in this room, you’re like so excited to enter because you know, this is going to be a very good show

Tyler:
It is. Congratulations again to The Thirteenth Hour. So for the best finale award, they’ve had one of the best finales that we’ve seen here for several years now. I can’t remember if they got the awards or not, but they’ve always been very, very good at it. In the past, it’s just been like this dark tunnel. You wouldn’t think that that would be a real great finale, but it’s so dark, and then the sounds that they put in there with it, it’s like a sound of a heartbeat. And then can’t see your hand in front of your face.

Nora:
You’re split up. Some people get split up. So, you’ve lost your sense of hearing. You’ve lost your sense of sight. Both of which you mostly keep off and on throughout the haunt. So, then when you get to this section, they make sure that they really get under your skin and bring out that overall finale by putting several of those sense stealers together. So, then like not only do they maybe split you up, but you have to go through this by yourself and you literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. I’ve tried it. I can’t see it.

Tyler:
They put things in there that’ll touch you as you’re going through.

Nora:
Yeah. Then this year they added a purgatory section. So, that made it more interactive for those that got to go in that area, and it was pretty interesting because either way you’re going to die. They can send you one or two ways, but both ways it results in death. Like, we’re ghosts right now. So, if you can’t see us very well, I apologize, but these haunts just keep killing us.

Tyler:
Incorporating the whole point of being dead and having the purgatory thing there. In the actual new scare, the edit at the very end.

Nora:
Which we’re not going to ruin, but they added an actual, like a double tap scare, which we love double taps and triple taps if you can get them, we’ve seen them. I know you can do it.

Tyler:
It was an actual scene that wasn’t just pitch black at the very end.

Nora:
Yes, and there’s a double tap in there and it’s hard to expect. So kudos.

Tyler:
Very good, Thirteenth Hour. Yes.

HIGHEST RATED HAUNT. HIGHEST RATED ATMOSPHERE. HIGHEST RATED SPECIAL EFFECTS. SCARIEST HAUNT. HIGHEST RATED VALUE.

2020 Haunt Awards
Image Credit: The Haunted Hotel

Nora:
And the last haunt to receive awards this year is receiving five.

Tyler:
Five awards.

Nora:
We tried our best not to give out too many to the same ones, but sometimes it happens right. One, two, three, four, all five of them are based on score.

Tyler:
Yeah. Those awards are the Highest Rated Haunt award. Now it’s from our team Teams Zombillies. The Highest Rated Atmosphere, Special Effects, the Scariest Haunt, so based on scare factor, and the Highest Rated Value award. So those are a lot of really big, really good ones to have. That haunt is The Haunted Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The hotel’s been around for, this was actually their 30th year, I believe. So there’s no surprise that they’re getting at the top of their game and they just keep getting better and better every year. We never know what to expect when we’re going through. They always change up several scenes.

Nora:
They find the most intense characters one way or another. I’m not sure what they feed them in there. The hotel dinner must be pretty spooky.

Tyler:
[Whisper] It’s Monster and Red Bull.

Nora:
I need more of that, but they always have these characters, and they use a lot of masks and different things that we don’t see very often, to where you can look at these characters and you’re just like, “where the hell did that come from? Wherever it is, that’s not good. That’s not supposed to be here.” So overall the place is always very intimidating. Even when you’re just standing in line, they have a sliding front door, not only is it in a real hotel building, it’s multi-story, but you can hear people screaming and you can watch them come fumbling out of the exit. If you’re in the line, like close to the door, the door opens and slam shut, and before it’s your turn to enter, they knock on the inside that door and it just opens by itself. You’re like, “Oh, Oh, no. We gotta go in there? Like, I’m pretty sure I did not buy tickets. I think I need to get out of line now.” And then their elevator has gotten the best scare scene from us. It’s always a pretty good scare, like you’re stuck in an elevator and there’s this really awesome actor in there that can completely navigate this elevator without touching you.

Tyler:
In the dark.

Nora:
Yeah, he uses the dark to his advantage, and that just kind of goes all the way through the entire attraction. This year they changed their outdoor section a lot. They added some different lighting and changed up the route, it seemed like to us. They increased the sound.

Tyler:
Made some things louder and just more fulfilling, I guess. There’s been times when we’ve gone out out there and it almost feels like a little bit empty-ish in a few spots. This year just seems like with the changes in the sounds, like she’s saying, it just made everything feel more compact.

Nora:
They were able to bring the intensity more outside. The Hotel is generally a touch haunted house, and this year they did not touch us at all. I mean, we have a few effects touch us, but the actors did not and they kept their distance, and they still got that scare out of us.

Tyler:
Congratulations. I mean, that’s just thinking outside the box, you know, figuring out how you’re going to overcome these obstacles and continue to get this many awards, no small feat at all. So congratulations to The Haunted Hotel. Well, that’s it for all the awards this year, guys. Thank you for sticking with us this long. Once again, I’m Tyler and Nora we’re from the Scare Factor. Thank you to all the haunts that graciously allowed our teams to come and visit you guys this year. I know everybody was sweating bullets this year wondering what the heck was going on. So, we were very thankful for being able to come see you guys, and thank you for opening, doing what it took to get approval, and working with all the officials to make sure that all of us enthusiastic could help go out and have a good time and get scared this Halloween season. Stay scary.