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Furloween is an annual Halloween party held in Orlando, Florida. The party is run by Mach Stormrunner, and has been held every year since 1999. Attendance in recent years has ranged between 150 and 190 furs.
Furloween has the distinction of being Florida's first major furry meet, predating Furry Spring Break by two years, Megaplex by three and both Elliott's Spring Gathering and Elliott's Fall Festival by seven years.
The mascot of Furloween is Ozzy Bat.
Although Furloween usually has a limited number of vendors, the festivities are centered around a fully catered banquet dinner and dance. A cash bar is also available to guests over 21. Unlike regular conventions, it only takes place for one night, typically on the Saturday before Halloween.
There are also a number of events scheduled outside of the actual party, but most of these are outside of Mach's control. The party attracts furry fans from all over Florida, and from outside the state as well.
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- Furloween 1999 was first held on October 30 in Orlando.
- Furloween 2000 was held on October 21.
- Furloween 2001 was held on October 27.
- Furloween 2002 was held on October 19 with the theme "The Black Cat Strut!" Over 120 participants attended the party.
- Furloween 2003 was held on November 1 with the theme "Out for Blood!" Additional events included sushi, a picnic, and a night at the theaters to see Brother Bear.
- Furloween 2004 was held on October 30 with the theme "A Thief in the Night."
- Furloween 2005 was held on October 29 with the theme "Keeps Coming Back."
- Furloween 2006 was held on October 28 with the theme "Oh yes, there will be
- Furloween IX was held on October 27, 2007, with the theme "This spells trouble."
- Furloween X was held on November 1, 2008, with the theme "You can has death."
- Furloween 2009 was held on October 24, 2009. No particular theme was used for this event but was instead a mix of the themes used in past Furloweens listed above.
- Furloween 2010 was held on October 30, 2010, with the theme "Otter B. Dead" and included a murder mystery.
- Furloween 2011 was held on October 29, 2011, with the theme "Where Nightmares DO Come True".
- Furloween 2012 was held on October 27, 2012.
- Furloween 2013 was held on October 19, 2013.
- Furloween 2014 is scheduled for October 25, 2014.
The current core staff includes:
- Mach Stormrunner - organizer
- Shep Otterpaw - assistant organizer
- Kryphos Adanthios - registration
- Yappyfox - audio/visual
- Herbie Bearclaw - logo design
- Cooner - previous web design 1999-2010
- Radix Radicoon - current web design 2011-
- Furloween website
- Orlando Elks Lodge (MapQuest directions)
- Photos, videos, reports: Furloween resources