Tue, 17 October 2023
Video Version : https://youtu.be/uFub_MypGZo
This bonus podcast explores the 20th-anniversary celebration of Spooky Empire, a beloved Halloween event in Central Florida. The founder, Petey Mongelli, shares the intriguing origins of Spooky Empire, which emerged from his desire to create a rock 'n roll convention but found inspiration in the growing world of horror, particularly through artists like Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.
Spooky Empire's journey is characterized by its evolution from the early days of Screamfest to the current format with bi-annual editions like Mayhem and Summerween. It has become a hub for those who appreciate the darker and unconventional aspects of pop culture, horror, and rock 'n roll.
This family-friendly event even has a dedicated Kid's Zone for young enthusiasts. Over the years, Spooky Empire has enjoyed remarkable success, attracting renowned guests and fostering a close-knit community. The dedicated team, including Petey Mongelli and his wife Gina, work diligently behind the scenes to make it all happen.
For the 20th anniversary, expect a grander celebration with new elements like a drag show, additional stages, and larger parties. Spooky Empire also demonstrates its support for the community, promoting inclusivity and providing assistance to vendors during challenging times. The event spans from October 26th to 29th at the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive.
Tickets are available for purchase, and VIP passes are in high demand. Stay updated on guest announcements and schedules through their website and social media channels. Spooky Empire offers a one-of-a-kind destination where those who embrace the unique and eerie can come together for an unforgettable weekend of entertainment.
Sun, 15 October 2023
Thu, 28 September 2023
Welcome to The Dark Theme Park Show! Join hosts James H. Carter II and Josh Taylor as they review this year's Halloween offerings at Disneyland Resort. They discuss Haunted Mansion Holiday, the new Gingerbread House, Candle Man Rolly Crump Tribute, Jack & Sally Meet & Greet, Characters Costumes, Halloween Screams, Popcorn Buckets, Guardains of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark, Spooky Buena Vista St., Chernabog Concept Art, and the Headless Horseman & more! Let's take a deep dive into the spooky magic of Disney Halloween!
Check out the video version: https://youtu.be/6U0SUmlfAwc
Tue, 5 September 2023
Welcome to a spine-chilling episode of The Dark Theme Park Show! Join your hosts, James H. Carter II and Josh Taylor, as they take you on a thrilling journey through the Knott's Scary Farm Nightmares Revealed event that sent shivers down our spines on August 24, 2023.
Get ready for the ultimate fright-fest as we dive headfirst into the full scoop on the upcoming 50th anniversary season of Knott's Scary Farm, set to unleash its horrors at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, starting on September 21st. We've got all the juicy details on the brand new mazes and bone-chilling shows that will leave you trembling with excitement.
But that's not all! We had the spine-tingling opportunity to talk with Knott's Scary Farm Producer Chris Do and Show Director K.C. Gussler, who shared insights into what to expect from these brand new mazes and shows, giving us a glimpse into the nightmares that await.
We'll also take you through the other hair-raising attractions at this event, including a lights-on walkthrough of the "Origins: Curse of Calico" maze, a deep dive into Knott's Scary Farm's rich history, a behind-the-scenes scare actor makeup demo and wardrobe display, a meet-and-greet with the Keeper, an exploration of the highly immersive Scary Farm Legacy Store, and a tantalizing preview of the exclusive food and spine-chilling merchandise set to haunt this year's event.