Haunted house in Largo raising money for Red Tide beach cleanup

Scarehouse Pinellas also giving to SPCA Tampa Bay
Posted at 6:26 AM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 13:38:32-05

LARGO, Fla. — Halfway through building his humongous haunted house, Largo businessman Mike Lowe came up a creepy idea that is totally Tampa Bay: What if red tide had eerie effects on humans?

The answer to that creepy question can now be found in Scarehouse Pinellas, a for-charity haunt drawing big crowds this Halloween season.

“What grabs people to make this house different from the rest?” says Lowe, who transformed a 10,000-square-foot warehouse space at Lowe’s Commercial Painting. “My guys do a lot of work up and down the beaches, and they’ve seen the effects of red tide. We related it to what we’re doing.”

Scarehouse Pinellas also takes guests through horror flicks and a killer-clown circus.

It costs $15 dollars to go through the haunted house. Proceeds from admission and concessions are being donated to the SPCA Tampa Bay and red tide cleanup efforts.

Despite having a little scary fun with red tide, Lowe is very open to ideas about the best way to help Tampa Bay area beaches rebound from the crisis.

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