Only in Orlando will fear fanatics find two simultaneous huge events devoted to the most haunted of all holidays five months before October. In one week, over Memorial Day Weekend, the Rosen Centre Orlando will be taken over by a ghoulishly good time put on by the return of Spooky Empire‘s May-Hem convention and newcomer Halloween Extreme.
At this year’s May-Hem event, headlining celebrity guests include
Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” Disney’s Ursula voice Pat Carroll, Betsy Russell of the “Saw” film series, a reunion of “The Warriors,” cast members from SyFy’s hit TV show “Face Off,” and, oddly enough, an appearance by Dennis Rodman.
UPDATE (5/18/13): Norman Reedus will no longer be appearing at Spooky Empire’s May-Hem due to another engagement with AMC.
The whole event will kick off with a zombie walk up and down International Drive followed by three days of presentations, performances, and plenty of exhibits and merchandise for sale, each surrounding all things, well, spooky.
Those wanting to look past horror films and TV to the real-life world of haunted attractions will be amazed at the offerings of Halloween Extreme, the first-ever public convention organized by TransWorld, the same group behind the annual Halloween and Attractions Show for the industry.
Halloween Extreme will take place alongside Spooky Empire’s May-Hem for all three days, though separate admission is required for each. Its schedule of seminars includes a huge variety of informational presentations aimed at home and professional haunters looking to learn more about how to effectively scare and entertain come Halloween. From creating flickering lights to airbrushing to pumpkin carving to prop building and beyond, there will be plenty to learn here.
And on the evening of its first day, Halloween Extreme will hold a massive party called the Zombie Prom, requiring all attendees to dress in their deadest attire to rock the night away.