Norman Reedus popularity skyrocketed this past season of “The Walking Dead”, so when Spooky Empire booked him as their featured guest for May-Hem 2013, fans were excited to meet him in person. Spooky Empire states on their website that guest appearances are subject to change or cancellation, but when Reedus had to cancel his appearance it was heartbreaking for many fans. Some wondered if May-Hem would be worth going to this year without him. If you asked anyone who was at the pool party on Saturday night if May-Hem 2013 was worth going to, not only would they say “YES!”, some may go on to say they had their best time there ever!
The Zombie Walk, hosted by The Deadite Empire is usually an October tradition for Spooky Empire, but it was on again for May-Hem 2013. After a dummy was mutilated with a chainsaw (see video in sidebar), the walk was on. When it was completed, the doors were open for Spooky Empire AND Halloween Extreme.
Spooky Empire has never teamed up with anyone before to put on a convention, but they found a great partner in Halloween Extreme. The vendor room had sights never seen before at a Spooky Empire event. Have you ever wished you could have profession haunted house props and machines for your own home during Halloween? This was the vendor room for you.
They had almost anything you could want from animatronic creatures to places like Dino Rentos Studios who build custom theming environments. There were plenty of other cool and interesting stuff in that room too that included an inflatable haunted house, a psychic, there were people there promoting their year round haunted house attraction called, A Haunting at Old Town and many of Halloween Extreme seminars were held in the room too. On Friday night, they even held a Zombie Prom. There were people dressed in tuxedos and prom dresses, but wearing zombie makeup with it. It was one of those things you really had to see for yourself. It was al a very welcomed addition to May-Hem.
Meanwhile, over at Spooky Empire’s side, there were still plenty of new guests to meet. There were cast members from “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”. Judy Aronson, who also appeared in “Weird Science”, looked amazing! Many members from the cult classic “The Warriors” were there and as well as some new faces from “The Walking Dead” like Nick Gomez and Theodus Crane. Pat Carroll, who provided the voice of Ursula, was surprisingly popular over the weekend. Not only did she constantly have a good line waiting to get her autograph, her first Q&A session was so popular, they added a second one on Sunday. She may have provided the voice for one of Disney’s most popular villains, but she is one of the sweetest women you could ever meet.
Meanwhile, the guys from the internet radio show, A Little Punch Drunk, Rambo and Josh, were broadcast their show throughout the entire weekend. They often brought guest onto their show asking them trivia questions. If you got it right, they presented you with a zombie hunting permit. Outside, the pool party was back on and it was a welcomed return. A staple in Spooky Empire’ history, it was sadly absent this past October at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend. On Saturday night, there was mash pit dancing, a brain eating contest and even at 2:30 in the morning, there were still people EVERYWHERE having a great time.
Saturday also saw some one day only guests. One of the original bad boys of basketball, Dennis Rodman was there signing copies of his new book. Filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch, along with cast members Laura Ortiz and Oderus Urungus were all there to promote the brand new upcoming season of the horror sitcom, “Holliston”. The four had a great Q&A session and showed a hilarious clip from the first episode of season 2 that featured guest stars Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder. Without giving away any spoilers, all we’ll say is the scene takes place in Adam’s bedroom and costumes are involved. Adam and the rest of the gang were also signing autographs at no charge.
The Rosen Centre, the hotel where the convention took place, was also very popular with everyone. Besides being a VERY nice hotel, the convention was not a long journey to walk to. As soon as you reached the first floor the convention was just seconds away. “I love The Rosen,” commented Petey Mongelli, who founded Spooky Empire with his wife, Gina. “It was one of the best hotels we ever did our show at.” Petey went on to acknowledge there were some kinks to work out with the teaming with Halloween Extreme, but felt confident that those would be resolved and how Spooky Empire will be exploding so much in the next few years that The Rosen may be too small for them. Given Spooky Empire’s reputation, that is easy to foresee and we can only look forward to what they will bring October 25-27 when Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend returns.