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Halloween Horror Nights 2011 Report

Sept. 27, 2011

"It's the most wonderful time of the year 
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings 
When friends come to call 
It's the hap- happiest season of all!"

I have no beef with Christmas; Christmas is great. A little heavy on the schmaltz perhaps, but Christmas is fine. Peace On Earth and Goodwill and all that.

But I think the majority of you will agree that the most wonderful time of the year is right now. Halloween. And not just the night of Oct. 31st, the entire Halloween season, the whole month of October, bleeding back into late September. Yeah, I love the H more than any other holiday on the calendar. Because being scared feels so very good.

Halloween 2011 started for me on Friday, Sept. 23 at Universal Studios Hollywood, where I was most fortunate to join The Season Pass at the gala premier of Halloween Horror Nights. And the Buffet of Blood included nothing but charbroiled epic, deep-fried awesome, and hand-dipped win. Save for a couple of small gripes, the entire affair was outstanding.

We arrived well before sundown to take a spot alongside the red carpet welcome for guests, presenters and recipients of the "Eyegore" Awards, a celebration of achievement in the horror genre. This year's honorees included David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Rainn Wilson, Bailee Madison, Emma Bell, and god among men Alice Cooper. (Who was on tour and could not be there in person. So bummed.)

Sprinkled among the famous faces were some, uh, uninvited guests, like Maria, better known as "La Llorona, The Weeping Woman." And weep she did, poor ghoul.

I like my vampires and living dead folks a little less stylish and hair-gelled than this trio, but the short plaid skirt and black top? Works for me.

At least their skin didn't sparkle.

Here's a Doc Brown impersonator interviewing Disney Channel star Bella Thorne. Welcome to Hollywood.

Check it out, Chris Knight, AKA Peter Brady. Right on!

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