Horror convention Spooky Empire adds Elvira and Alice Cooper to lineup


Florida’s very own horror convention Spooky Empire is held twice a year, in the spring and in October. A few months ago, Spooky announced that their October 2019 convention would be moving from its usual location in Orlando to Tampa.

Spooky Empire added an extra day to their activities, and this year’s dates will be Thursday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 3. In the past, the event has been held on a Friday through Sunday schedule, but it’s only fitting that they would add Halloween Day.

Since that big news, guest announcements have been trickling out one at a time, and a couple of big ones were made this week. It seems The Queen of Halloween will be paying us a visit this year!

That’s right, the one and only Elvira will be returning to Spooky Empire, with the rare opportunity for an in-costume photo op on Friday, Nov. 1. She will be signing autographs as her “real” self, Cassandra Peterson on Saturday and Sunday.

Also announced was the appearance of  legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper, who will be available for autographs on Friday and Saturday. He will have a one-day-only photo op on Saturday.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 20: Cassandra “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark” Peterson performs as she hosts the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend’s Burlesque Showcase at the Orleans Arena on April 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Previously announced guests include:

Tony Todd – Known for his deep voice, Todd is best remembered for his roles in Candyman, Wishmaster and Final Destination.

Mia Farrow – Farrow’s best-known role was Rosemary in classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby. She will be at Spooky Empire one day only.

C.J. Graham – Graham played Jason in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.

Clive Barker – Writer/Director Barker is the man responsible for Hellraiser, Candyman, Midnight Meat Train and Night Breed.

Sam Raimi – Raimi is the director of films such as Evil Dead, Drag Me to Hell and Crawl.

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 10: Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi attend STARZ’ Ash vs Evil Dead At New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for STARZ) /

Ted Raimi – Sam’s brother has starred in the films Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and Spider-Man.

Bruce Campbell – Bruce is known for playing Ash Williams in the Evil Dead  trilogy. He has also appeared in numerous projects, including  Burn Notice, Bubba Ho-tep and My Name is Bruce.

James Hong – You’ve seen Hong in Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner and Tank Girl (among many other films).

Danielle Harris – Best known for playing young Jamie in Halloween IV and Halloween V, Harris also appeared in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Hatchet 2 and Stakeland.

Joe Bob Briggs – Briggs is known for showing and providing humorous commentary for cult and B-movies on his Shudder series The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.

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Ken Foree – Fans of George Romero will remember Foree as Peter in the original Dawn of the Dead. He also appeared in The Devil’s Rejects and The Lords of Salem.

As if these guests aren’t exciting enough, Spooky has advised that additional guests and photo ops will be announced in the coming weeks. You can keep up with Spooky Empire on Facebook and Twitter, and be among the first to get future announcements.

Additionally, there will be a Horror Film Festival and Tattoo Festival during the run of the convention. Genre-related clothing, artwork, jewelry and collectibles are available to purchase in the exhibition area.

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For detailed information on Spooky Empire tickets and events visit their website. Click here for information.

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