Spooky Empire brings the thrills & chills to the Tampa Convention Center


Graphic with spooky empire logo and event dates Oct 31 - Nov 3

Get ready to be spooked! Spooky Empire, “the dark side of Comic Con”, is coming to the Tampa Convention Center for a weekend full of frightening events from Thursday, October 31st to Sunday, November 3rd. Spooky Empire welcomes horror enthusiasts of all ages - PLUS children under 10 receive free admission.

Young guests will love the Kids Zone, which will be open throughout the duration of the convention. The Kids Zone will include trick or treating, games, and costume contests so that everyone can join in on the scary fun! Adults will enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities like:

  • Zombie Walk: Just down the street from the Tampa Convention Center at the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center, Spooky Empire attendees will kick off the annual Zombie Walk. Makeup artists and free samples of local craft beer will be on site starting at 11am for the ‘undead’ walkers.  Read More
  • Costume Contest: Calling ghouls and boys of all ages! Participate in the Kids Zone Costume Contest, Fans Choice Halloween Pop Up Costume Contest and Spooky Empire’s Official Costume Contest.    View Times and Locations
  • Horror Film Festival: One hundred of the bloodiest, spookiest, and scariest short and feature-length films are available for attendees to enjoy. In addition to the films, fans and filmmakers can mingle, relax, and connect at the filmmakers lounge. There will also be several different panels on woman filmmakers, independent filmmakers, the role of special FX in select movies, how to start your own YouTube channel, and how to fund and sell your feature film.    See the Schedule Here
  • Tattoo Festival: The tattoo festival features 80+ different artists from across the United States. Whether you’re into a traditional, realistic, watercolor, or a new school tattoo style, the selection of artists are guaranteed to make your vision come to life. Friday through Sunday will feature Tattoo Awards in 11 different categories.   See the schedule and book your artist online.
  • Autographs and Photo Ops with Famous Guests: Celebrity guests in attendance from famous horror movies will include Elvira, Mia Farrow, Alice Cooper, James Ransone, and more. The cast from Friday the 13th Part VI and from Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 will also be at Spooky Empire.
  • After Parties: The party doesn’t have to stop when the doors close. All week long the official Spooky Empire after parties will take place at American Social Tampa


Tickets can be purchased on their site here or at will call for single day, three day, and four day admission. VIP packages are also available for purchase including weekend long admission, spooky merchandise, fast access, and more. Admission tickets do not include autographs with famous celebrities. Add-ons such as photo ops with celebrity guests, autograph tickets, and seminars/classes can be found online. 

Event Hours:

Thursday:  5:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm – 2:00am

Saturday: 11:00am – 1:30am

Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm