PHOTOS: Spooky Empire brings out Central Florida’s best ghosts and goblins

By : Danny Garcia
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Spooky Empire kicked off its massive horror-themed convention Friday, Oct. 27 with a variety of celebrities ranging from the kids in the recent blockbuster film IT to veterans of the silver screen John Cusack and Richard Dreyfuss.

Spooky Empire returned to the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive and featured everything from vendors, celebrity panels, memorabilia, and of course, cosplayers dressed in their favorite spooky themed costumes. Check out the photos of some of our favorites below.

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Heteros and Homos Singles Night. It ‘s a nuts and bolts event! Or nuts to nuts or bolts to bolts!

Kellyanne Conway tempts Anderson Cooper in ‘It’ ‘SNL’ spoof

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kellyanne Conway tries to tempt Anderson Cooper to let her on his show in a parody of Stephen King’s thriller “It” on “Saturday Night Live.”

Cooper (Alex Moffat) encounters Conway (Kate McKinnon)in a sewer Pennywise-style, where she tries to entice Cooper with wacky quotes to get her on the show.

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The Tender Activist: King & Queens

By : Scottie Campbell
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Mom would tell it like she told all of her best stories, barely getting the words out through her laughter and sometimes joyful tears. She and Dad had been to see Carrie. Someone in their party grabbed someone’s arm just prior to Carrie’s hand reaching out of the grave causing that first someone to scream, which made the audience scream, all before the scream Brian De Palma intended but, not to worry, they all screamed then, too.

So I might have connected who the author was when I bought my first Stephen King book when I was 11, but I’m fairly certain it was the cover that drew me in. A silver front with a faceless boy’s head floating on it. The store was B. Dalton Bookstore in the Marquette Mall. That small mall and the McDonald’s down the street were our family’s touchstones to civilization while stationed in the frigid Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Can I tell you about the smell of that book? I cannot, because it smelled like nothing else. The scent of those dull, off-white, pulp pages can only be described in intangibles: raw potential and adventure; that whole store smelled that way.

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