THE ICONIC SPOOKY EMPIRE MADE A RECORD BREAKING COMEBACK

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THE ICONIC SPOOKY EMPIRE MADE A RECORD BREAKING COMEBACK LAST WEEKEND CLOSING ITS 15th FALL CONVENTION WITH THOUSANDS OF ATTENDEES

The fall convention weekend included Hollywood icons, unique photo-ops, numerous awards, haunting vendors & exhibitors, never ending lines for celebrity autographs with meet & greets, a tattoo festival, an expanded Kids Zone, and packed Special FX Makeup classes

 ORLANDO, FL – On October 27 – 29, 2017, Spooky Empire, hosted its coveted and much anticipated thriller convention in Orlando. This year, Spooky Empire set the bar high with their hair-raising guest line-up at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The annual weekend opened their doors earlier on Friday and invited guests to enter the ‘dark side of comic con’ with a tattoo festival featuring top tattoo artists, a film festival that included the showing of Foolish Mortals and the screening of Stranger Things 2 premiere episodes, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music and performances, the debut of FSCW Wrestling at Spooky Empire, Q & A’s with artists, authors, filmmakers and the new addition of the Charity Casino Night, benefiting Conductive Education Center of Orlando.

Pete Mongelli, co-founder of Spooky Empire, shared, “Every time I passed the ticketing tables or autographs rooms, I was in awe of the never ending lines of fans filled with excitement and anticipation to be face-to-face with their heroes. Spooky Empire has created a solid family for the last 15 years and that’s what you feel at the convention. Everyone is coming together as family from the kids, to the attendees and special guests. Spooky Empire drew in an epic crowd in 2017 and we’re excited for what’s to come.” 

The event had classic icon guest appearances such as: Richard Dreyfuss fromJaws, Molly Ringwald, John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall from Sixteen Candles, and from the American horror comedy The Lost Boys Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. Top panels included cast members from What We Do In The Shadows Petyr and Deacon in an unforgettable and levitating Q&A, and The Lost Boys and IT Loser’s Clubcast members Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Jaden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Sofia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) drew in a full house. Guests also had a once in a lifetime photo opportunity with C.J. Graham in full “Jason” costume from Jason Lives and a special photo-op with Richard Dreyfuss that drew in fans with legendary memorabilia to be signed or pose in front of large shark jaws.  Pauliegon’s Pencilnecks hosted a spectacular Ghostbusters Experience with cars, props, photo-ops and look-a-likes with an identical Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters! For the Rock ‘n’ Roll fans,the weekend was unforgettable with a performance from G Tom Mac.

Guests, aside from roaming the convention, had fun dressing up in their favorite costumes and cosplay characters. The most popular character portrayed was Pennywise from this year’s IT but Quintin Hasen in his homemade Xenomorph costume from Alien took the coveted Best in Show top prize during their annual costume contest.

The weekend left guests anticipating Spooky Empire’s mid-season convention, which is scheduled to take place April 6 – 8, 2018 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

For more information about Spooky Empire and their mid-season convention, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram(@SpookyEmpire). 

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

 

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

Spooky Empire Brings “IT” To October Convention

Spooky Empire Brings “IT” To October Convention

Orlando is now being dubbed “the ultimate Halloween Vacation Capital” and was recently named AAA’s top destination for fall travel and known for immersive experiences!

Apropos since Orlando has been home to Spooky Empire, the ‘dark side of comic con’ convention, for over ten years. Spooky Empire is THE place to celebrate Halloween! It’s the ultimate Halloween experience as described by recent buzz.

If you need more proof, the convention just announced it is bringing the cast from the recent horror hit film, IT, to the 3-day weekend long festivities happening October 27 – 29, 2017. Attendees will catch Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff.

For more information on Spooky Empire, you can find the official press release and other guest announcements below my signature and follow them on Facebook for their latest updates.

Spooky Empire rolls out the red carpet for Hollywood Icons this October

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SPOOKY EMPIRE ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR HOLLYWOOD ICONS THIS OCTOBER

“The Dark Side of Comic Con” celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Lost Boys with guest appearances from

Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac 

Additionally, the convention will celebrate the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the reunion of

Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall

ORLANDO – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night, an expanded Kid’s Zone, Special FX Makeup classes, Literary Guests & Creators Track, Fast Pass photo-op option, and many more to be announced through October.

As a bonus to the Spooky Empire family, doors will open earlier on Friday, October 27 at 12 p.m. to begin the weekend-long festivities.

Recently announced celebrity guests include:

  • Richard Dreyfuss is most recognized for his lead role in the classic Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Stand By Me, American Graffiti, W Stakeout, Down & Out In Beverly Hills, Mr. Hollands Opus, Piranha 3D and The Crew.
  • Shannon Elizabeth has starred in Scary Movie, Thir13en Ghosts, Cursed, Night of the Demons, The Twilight Zone, Tomcats, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and as Nadia in American Pie and American Reunion.
  • Fairuza Balk most recognized role was Nancy in The Craft. She has also appeared in American History X, Waterboy, Return to Oz, Almost Famous, The Worst Witch, Things To Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Ray Donovan.
  • Daphne Zuniga stared as Princess Vespa in Mel Brooke’sSpaceballs and is recognized for her role in Melrose Place, The Sure Thing, The Fly 2, Vision Quest, Last Rites, Gross Anatomy, and One Tree Hill.
  • Loni Anderson is best known for her role as the receptionist on TV showWKRP In Cincinnati  as well as Stroker Ace, Munchie, Easy Street, VIP, The Love Boat, A Night At The Roxbury, and 3 Ninjas: High Noon.
  • John Kassir portfolio of work includes Tales of the Crypt, Animaniacs, Star Trek: Voyager, Pete’s Dragon, and Rick & Morty.
  • C.J. Graham played Jason Voorhees in the sixth film of the Friday the 13thseries Jason Lives. He will be in full costume for photo ops.
  • Ken Foree stars in Dawn of the Dead and has had roles in The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween. He also plays roger Rockmore on the Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel.
  • Derek Mears starred in Predator, Friday the 13th (’09), The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hatchet 3, True Blood, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, Cursed and Holliston.
  • Rachel Bolan is bass guitar player and main songwriter of the metal band “Skid Row.

The annual weekend will feature an array of activities including a tattoo festival, film festival, celebrity autographs, Kid’s Zone, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music, performances, Q & A’s with artists, authors and filmmakers, a game room, seminars, creepy cars, among many other activities.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after October 8th and at the door. In advance, three-day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. Limited VIP Packages are available for $225 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Tickets for children under ten years old are free.

Rooms are available at The Hyatt Regency Orlando for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-284-1234. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com. Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit spookyempire.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR| +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

SPOOKY DAY IN THE PARKS ADDS EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND MORE!

Spooky Day in the Parks Updates Materialize as the Weekend Creeps Closer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Spooky Empire and Florida Supercon have now joined forces! These two Florida convention power houses have come together to bring you even more thrills and chills as Spooky Day in the parks approaches!

Coming to Central, FL this Fall, September 22 – 24, 2017, Spooky Day in the Parks is a two-day meet up event for fans that have a “villainous” side. The weekend taking place throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort, will include a mixture of Theme Park gatherings, special VIP events, a “Bizarre” full of merchandise to fulfill your dark side, character breakfast, and much more.

Just added to this wicked weekend is an exclusive screening of the brand new documentary “Foolish Mortals”, which focuses on the fan culture surrounding the very popular attraction the Haunted Mansion. This will be the first ever screening in Florida right in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort. Two screenings will take place at the Spooky Day Bizarre located at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Friday Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 and hosted by Producer Ryan Grulich and Director James H. Carter II. (Screening times to be announced)

Spooky Day in the Parks is an opportunity for fans to gather and celebrate their favorite Disney villains and haunted attractions, not to mention a chance to step out in your best ghoulish garb. Attendees are encouraged to express themselves through Disney “bounding” or wicked attire, but do keep in mind this is not a costume or cosplay event. Be it dark or fun, guests will be able to showcase their personal style and materialize for this spirited event.

The following events will materialize at multiple locations around the Walt Disney World® Resort:

  • Gala at the Tower – Exclusive after hours private dessert party with unlimited rides, open bar plus Villain photo ops  at The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
  • Bizarre Bazaar – Two-Day exhibitor hall full of all the villainous goods and artwork you can get your claws on
  • Frightful Feast – Character Breakfast at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Magic Kingdom Meet Up – Disney Bounding Meet Up at the Magic Kingdom® Park

Make your final arrangements. Tickets for all Spooky Day events are now available at www.spookydayintheparks.com and include the exclusive screening. Get your advance tickets for the bizarre and all of our other Spooky Day events today! Use the code SUMMER20 and get 20% off all tickets through August!

Rooms are available at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for a discounted price of $199 per night. Rooms can be reserved by visiting our website SpookyDayInTheParks.com

Spooky Day in the Parks is not associated with Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or Magic Kingdom® Park. Spooky Day in the Parks works closely with Disney to insure all park rules and regulations regarding attire are followed.

For more information about Spooky Day in the Parks, visit www.spookydayintheparks.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and for style-inspiration Pinterest.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire has grown to become one of the largest genre conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:
Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

RICHARD DREYFUSS joins Spooky Empire this October

The one and only RICHARD DREYFUSS joins us at Spooky Empire this October in Orlando, FL!

While there is no introduction needed for this Hollywood Icon, some of his better known films include: “JAWS” (Matt Hooper), “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” (Roy Neary), “PIRANHA 3D”, “AMERICAN GRAFITTI”, “JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH” (Centipede), “STAND BY ME” (The Writer), “MR. HOLLANDS OPUS”, “THE CREW”, “KRIPPENDORFS TRIBE”, “W” (Dick Cheney), “DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS” and many, many more!

Meet RICHARD DREYFUSS October 27-29, 2017 at Spooky Empire at the Hyatt Regency Orlando!

Tickets, VIP Packages and room reservations are now on sale and moving fast! Get everything you need at www.spookyempire.com

SPOOKY EMPIRE EXPANDS WITH WICKED ADDITION OF SPOOKY DAY IN THE PARKS

SPOOKY EMPIRE EXPANDS WITH WICKED ADDITION OF SPOOKY DAY IN THE PARKS

A New Event by the Creators of Spooky Empire for a Weekend of Villainy Fun 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Spooky Empire is thrilled to announce the addition of a new event:  Spooky Day In The Parks. Coming to Central, FL this Fall on September 22 – 23, 2017, Spooky Day in the Parks is a two-day meet up event for fans that have a “villainous” side. The weekend taking place throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort, will include a mixture of Theme Park gatherings, Special VIP events, a “Bizarre” full of merchandise to fulfill their dark side, art exhibit, fashion show, and much more to be announced.

This is an opportunity for fans to gather and celebrate their favorite Disney villains and haunted attractions. Not to mention a chance to step out in your best ghoulish garb. Attendees are encouraged to express themselves through Disney bounding or wicked attire, but do keep in mind this is not a costume or cosplay event. Be it dark or fun, guests will be able to showcase their personal style and materialize for this spirited event.

“We wanted to combine the Spooky Empire brand with our love for Disney. It was only natural to combine the two and honor the villains and haunted theme park attractions,” said the owners of Spooky Empire “We are so excited to see this inaugural event come to life.”

Meet-ups during the event will happen at multiple locations around Walt Disney World:

  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (central location)
  • Magic Kingdom® Park
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
  • With more to be announced

Ticket packages will be announced soon.

Rooms are available at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for a discounted price of $199 per night. Rooms can be reserved by visiting our website SpookyDayInTheParks.com

Spooky Day in the Parks is not associated with Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or Magic Kingdom® Park. Spooky Day in the Parks works closely with Disney to insure all park rules and regulations regarding attire are followed.

For more information about Spooky Day in the Parks, visit www.spookydayintheparks.com.Follow them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and for style-inspiration Pinterest.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire has grown to become one of the largest genre conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

The Outsiders invades Spooky Empire


We’re very excited to add these two guests to our lineup! When PonyBoy and The Karate Kid want to come out to Spooky Empire, we can’t say no.

C. THOMAS HOWELL and RALPH MACCHIO will be at Spooky Empire next weekend, and this is your chance to meet them both in person, to celebrate the upcoming 35th anniversary of the classic film “The Outsiders”

C. THOMAS HOWELL kicked off his career with a small part (Tyler) in the classic “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”, but after his memorable performance as “Ponyboy Curtis” in “The Outsiders” he became one of the most popular young actors of the 80’s. He went on to star in many films and TV series including (for you horror fans) “The Hitcher” (1 & 2), “Red Dawn”, “Tank”, “Secret Admirer”, “Soulman”, “The Hillside Strangler”, and more recently “Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood”, “The Amazing Spiderman”, “Southland”, “Torchwood” “24” and “Grimm”.

RALPH MACCHIO started out in commercials before his regular appearance on “Eight is Enough”. His career also took a jump after his appearance as “Johnny Cade” in the film “The Outsiders”. He went on to star in his most memorable role as “Daniel” in “The Karate Kid” series of films. He also starred in “Teachers”, “Crossroads”, “My Cousin Vinny”, and more recently had a recurring role on “Ugly Betty. He also joined the hit reality show “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011.

Don’t miss out on this amazing appearance, and be sure to check out their Q&A for a special surprise.

Advance tickets and VIP are still available, and hotel reservations are limited but available. www.spookyempire.com

STAY GOLD!

Meet the cast of Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN at Spooky Empire

Meet the cast of Rob Zombie‘s HALLOWEEN at Spooky Empire this April, in Orlando, FL!

TYLER MANE “Michael Myers”, MALCOLM McDOWELL “Dr. Loomis”, SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON “Laurie Strode” and KRISTINA KLEBE “Lynda” will all be at Spooky Empire, April 21-23, 2017 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet all four cast members!

Advance discount tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are still available but going quickly! Get them all now at www.spookyempire.com

What would Barb do you ask?? She would come to Spooky Empire of course!

What would Barb do you ask?? She would come to Spooky Empire of course!
Do the right thing, meet SHANNON PURSER at Spooky Empire April 21-23 at The Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL.
SHANNON PURSER is “Barbara Holland” in the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things”. More recently SHANNON stars in the new CW hit series “Riverdale” as “Ethel Muggs”.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet SHANNON PURSER at Spooky Empire April 21-23, 2017.
Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.
For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire is banging their heads!

We are banging our heads over this latest guest addition!

Meet, RIKI RACHTMAN at Spooky Empire, this April 21-23, 2017 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL.

MTV fans will remember RIKI RACHTMAN as the host of “Headbangers Ball” from 1990-95. He’s also known as owner of the legendary “Cathouse” club in Hollywood, a national radio personality, and the host of a rock and Nascar themed radio show called “Racing Rocks”.

Meet RIKI all weekend long at Spooky Empire! He will also be hosting the Q&A with DEE SNIDER.

Advanced tickets and hotel reservations are now available at www.spookyempire.com

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