If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my posts about #SpookyEmpireRefugees. It was heart-breaking, then heart-warming, and overall an incredible event for Central Florida’s horror community.
I had spooky plans for the first weekend in October. Somehow, The Addams Family musical, Halloween Horror Nights, and Spooky Empire all came together at the same time. I was especially excited about the horror writing panels at Spooky Empire. Then Hurricane Matthew happened.
Neighbors stocked up on ice, and we bought a clown.
If you’ve been through a hurricane or other huge storm that you can plan for, you know how the days beforehand are a mix of excitement and impending doom. You prepare for the weather and losing power. You follow work and school closures. You check on the folks in the path of the storm. You wait, and you hope it isn’t as bad as it could be.
By Thursday, it became clear that things could become pretty bad for Orlando and all of Florida’s east coast. The theme parks wisely shut down. And Spooky Empire had to cancel.
This article describes how the horror community rallied in the wake of the storm, pulling together to support the people who organized Spooky Empire, the numerous vendors who were missing the event, and the horror fans who desperately wanted their spooky weekend.
Horror writers, artists, and vendors packed Gods & Monsters comic store. The Bloody Jug Band wailed. There were amazing cosplayers.
The Spooky Empire Refugees event happened because of the amazing folks at Coffee Shop of Horrors. They make horror-themed coffees (and teas, candies, and soaps), roasted locally and to order. Everything there is delicious, and the small bags make excellent Halloween gifts.
You need something to keep your warm in the autumn chill. May I also suggest Tribal Screams Roasted Chestnut and Bubba Spiced Bourbon?