Artist behind Halloween Horror Nights’ Lil’ Boo on the lore of the nervous pumpkin (Ep. 161) – Orlando Sentinel

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Orlando Sentinel

Oct 07, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Fans of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights have embraced a nervous little pumpkin that first debuted at the 2017 event. Now featured prominently in merchandise for this year’s HHN by name, Lil’ Boo has become the event’s unofficial mascot. His creator, Emory Alvarado, a transgender Venezuelan-American artist talks with Orlando Sentinel tourism reporter Katie Rice about advocating for independent artists and showing others there is space in the theme park design industry for diverse voices. “I guess there is always some small catalyst that helps someone grow. I didn’t know that mine would take the form of a small pumpkin,” Emory shares about Lil’ Boo helping her make the leap to freelance artist.

  • Meet Lil’ Boo’s creator (:00)
  • Lil’ Boo’s origin story (4:24)
  • Lil’ Boo becomes theme park icon (8:15)
  • Leap to freelance artist (11:43)
  • Creating a path for others (15:15)
  • Giving credit where credit is due (23:15)
  • What’s next for Lil’ Boo (34:04)

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