It may not be Halloween yet, but we horror fanatics are counting down the days. Just like the Christmas Spirit, we get the jollies for the spooky season and we just found another reason to count down the days to Halloween: a massive horror convention is coming to Tampa this fall.
The Spooky Empire Premier Horror convention will be making a new home for their biggest event yet. Following their spring iteration of their Horror Convention, Spooky Empire announced in an Instagram post that they will be moving from their usual hot spot, Orlando, to Tampa for their all-out October Mega-Horror Con this year.
A portion of the post reads: "Due to an increase in size and scope of logistics, the Spooky Empire team was unable to locate spaces in Orlando large enough, that also had available dates this year, to host the growing 'dark side of comic con". The Spooky Empire has been running its Bi-Annual spooktacular conventions in Florida since 2003 for a total of 16 years.
The Dark Side of Comic Con only continues to grow with more fans of everything freaky attending each year. They offer the most monstrous shows and have over 200 vendors and artists to purchase any horror collectible you could possibly imagine. You can see new up and coming horror flicks (or your favorite cult classics of course), get tattooed by some of the best artists from around the world at their pop-up tattoo parlor, or take part in one of the largest zombie walks to ever exist. Don't forget to dress up and try to take home the gold for best costume at the costume contest!
You can see some spine-chilling photos from previous Spooky Empire horror conventions below:
You can even meet and mingle with your favorite horror movie and TV stars. At their spring iteration in March, ’90s teen dream Christina Ricci who played Wednesday Addams and Hollywood legend Christopher Lloyd from 1991's The Addams Family were at the event for a meet and greet. Fairuza Balk from The Craft and The Waterboy was also on the star-studded event roster. The stars for this year's con have not yet been announced.
You can relive the nostalgia with one of Christina Ricci's most iconic scenes in the classic '90s film below:
The cost to attend this massive horror party ranges in price from $20-100, depending on which day you go or if you want to go more than one day with a 3- or 4-day pass. If you purchase your tickets in advance, they offer a $5 discount for general admission any day you decide to attend. You must be 21 or older to attend their VIP event. If you happen to have kids, children under 10 get in for free.
You can attend the Spook-tacular Spooky Empire Mega-Con this fall from October 31 to November 3, 2019, at the Tampa Convention Center located at 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, Florida.
For more information about The Spooky Empire Mega-Con, to see ticket bundles and to purchase tickets in advance, check their website here.