Recap: Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012 draws horror fiends to new location, preparing for bigger show in May

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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…

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
A masked killer welcomed all to the event.

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
This year's Ultimate Horror Weekend took over a good chunk of the Hilton Orlando's downstairs convention space.

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Fresh off of a gig at Halloween Horror Nights, Silent Hill's Pyramid Head was spotted taking it easy this weekend.


Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Rick Grimes has taken out a few zombies in his days on The Walking Dead, but he'll be up for a challenge fighting the ghouls of Spooky Empire.

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Aw, isn't she sweet? Wait... bloody stockings?

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
This stilt walking rocker bent down to pose for a photo. Kind of defeats the point of being on stilts, eh?

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Beetlejuice's long lost sister. I bet she and Lydia would be good friends.

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
The Spooky Empire show floor is packed with macabre merchandise from all areas of horror.

Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Brain-eating cookie jar? Sure.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Deadly action figures? Yep.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Creepy coffee? Definitely.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
One can never have too many flesh wounds.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
With the Ultimate Horror Weekend taking place in Orlando each, year it's always fun to spot the Disney-inspired artwork, like these bizarre takes on Mickey Mouse and the Cheshire Cat.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
And then there are the zombie Disney Princesses.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Some day my prince will come... so I can eat his brains.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Must have taken a LONG time for Flynn Rider to save Rapunzel from her tower.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Even that lovable Charles Manson is a Mickey fan, apparently. (Anti Warhol artwork by Chad Harmon.)
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Creepy baby alert! (No it's not real... but... yikes.)
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
My Little Pony was also subject to the spooky makeover. Here are Freddy Kreuger Pony along with Jack Skellington and Zero Ponies.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
I think her Pinkie Sense went a little haywire. Sorry, Rainbow Dash.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012

The halls of Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend are filled with interesting characters, like the Ghouligans.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
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.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
One fan's impressive tribute to McFarlane's Twisted Fairy Tales line of action figures. Little Red Riding Hood can certainly fend for herself.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Some dress the part to sell their wares, like these handcrafted little hats from PaigeLavoie.etsy.com
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Captain Jack Sparrow was looking a little... cursed.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
These frightful females were promoting an excellent cause, raising money for GoTeamRobin.com, a helping a girl suffering from cerebral palsy who needs a new wheelchair.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Across the way, this bunch was drumming up interest for a low-budget horror flick called "Creeper."
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Watch out! Zombie alert!
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
MorphStore.com had a few familiar folks from Syfy's hit show Face Off applying some makeup and prosthetics. Here's Derek Garcia.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Nearby was fellow contestant Laura Tyler too. Sadly, neither of these Central Florida residents won the show's competition.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
The Ultimate Horror Weekend always comes complete with a variety of celebrities, big and small. The Walking Dead's Theodore Douglas, or T-Dog, was all smiles just a week before his biggest episode yet aired.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Chris Sarandon was on hand for another year, having been the voice of Jack Skellington as well as starring in the original Fright Night (and The Princess Bride).
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Renowned Hollywood makeup artist Tom Savini was happy to meet his fans.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Freddy Krueger himself Robert Englund signed autographs each day, all day with long lines of fans eager to meet him.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Spooky Empire's event always features some particularly unusual displays, such as this one featuring an assortment of puppets, evil and otherwise.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
From Gremlins to Teddy Ruxpin to Caddyshack, these puppets all have their own wild personalities.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Returning for 2012 was the Mucklebones display of horror characters, one man's impressive personal collection.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
New additions to this year's display include classics like the Creature from the Black Lagoon...
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
...Psycho...
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
...The Shining...
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
...A Nightmare on Elm Street...
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
...Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice)...
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
...and Elvira, with two of her closest friends.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Many presentations took place throughout the event, including one on young adult scary story writing featuring a panel of authors including R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Parked outside was the annual array of hearses and other creepy cars.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
This vehicle apparently had a brush with death on the way over.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Not every car was vacant.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Back on the show floor, one eye-catching booth featured lifelike creatures seemingly ready to pounce.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
This cool girl was just hanging around the booth.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
The lifelike figures were in promotion of Halloween Extreme, a new show that will accompany Spooky Empire's May-Hem event in 2013. It will be the first-ever public version of the incredibly popular TransWorld Halloween & Attractions Show, normally reserved for industry professionals only.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2012
Planning for Spooky Empire's next event, May-Hem Weekend 2013, is already in the works, and will be bigger than ever, bringing more horror and Halloween fun to all who stop by.

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)

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