El Paso-area scream queens, fright fanatics, and lovers of the macabre will have their own local horror convention this fall.

The first ever El Paso HorrorFest will make its debut in October, and a "Walking Dead" bad guy is its first announced special guest.

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What is HorrorFest?

Michelle Salazar/El Paso Horrorfest
Michelle Salazar/El Paso Horrorfest

El Paso HorrorFest is very similar to El Paso Comic Con – mostly because it’s from the same creative minds. Think of it as the dark side of a comic-con. Kind of like a 2-day Horrorween, if you will.

Like its comic book and sci-fi counterpart, the horror equivalent will have vendors, panels, featured industry guests, and meet and greet opportunities with celebrity guests.

According to the event's social media, a vampire-themed horror cafe and a horror-themed escape room will be part of the mix, too.

Like Comic Con, Halloween and horror fans are encouraged to dress in bloody, spooky, or scary costumes. Hmm, I wonder how many Michaels, Freddys, and Jasons we'll see that weekend?

First Announced Special Guest

Jackson Lee Davis/AMC via The Walking Dead Facebook
Jackson Lee Davis/AMC via The Walking Dead Facebook

Ryan Hurst has been announced as the first special guest who will be making an appearance at the inaugural horror convention.

Hurst played "Beta," The Whisperers second-in-command, in Season 9 and 10 of the AMC post-apocalypse zombie series "The Walking Dead." You may also remember him as the grim reaper patch-wearing "Opie" on the FX network drama series "Sons of Anarchy" as well.

Fingers crossed he actually makes it this year. He was scheduled to appear at Comic Con twice but professional commitments forced him to cancel twice. Third time's the charm?

2023 El Paso HorroFest will take place October 7-8 at the Convention Center downtown.

Cool. That gives me time to get my white bed sheet dry-cleaned.

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