Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend took place for 2012 just a few days prior to Halloween, brining horror fans from around the world together to mingle with celebrities, show off extravagant costumes, and have a generally raucous time. From rowdy panel discussions and Q&A sessions to unique displays and merchandise, this annual event always brings an exciting assortment of bizarre visuals and entertainment.
This year the festivities relocated to the Hilton Orlando at the south end of International Drive, kicking off on Oct. 26 with a zombie walk down the tourist-filled street. The slideshow below offers quite a few frightful photos of the event debut:
Spooky Empire Zombie Walk 2012 (Photos by Michael Gavin)
Following the undead parade, the Ultimate Horror Weekend continued through Oct. 28 with many a highlight to be found. Here’s a photo run-down of some of the most interesting sights I spotted while wandering the event’s haunted halls…
A few free play pinball machines were set up in promotion of the upcoming Southern Pinball Festival taking place Nov. 16-18 at the Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal Hotel.
It wouldn’t be an Ultimate Horror Weekend without wild parties and a crazy costume contest, both of which can be seen in the photo galleries below. Despite the fact that Halloween is over for 2012, these twice-a-year events from Spooky Empire keep its spirit alive with the next one just six months away.
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012 Party (Photos by Michael Gavin)
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012 Costume Contest (Photos by Michael Gavin)
More photos from Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012: (Photos by Ricky Brigante and Jennyfer Gittleman)