Bloodview haunted house stirs up screams for charity

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BROADVIEW HEIGHTS -- "We scare because we care."

That's the motto swirling around a local blood-soaked haunted attraction.

Every Halloween season, screams ooze out of Bloodview haunted house in an effort to scare up money for charity.

Photos: Inside Bloodview haunted house 2012

"We're the ultimate, interactive improvisational horror experience in Cleveland, Ohio -- and have been for the past 32 years," Geremy Havanec, Bloodview's Lord of Communications says.

Throughout its history, Havanec says Bloodview has raised more than $2 million for local charities because everybody in their horde of monsters is a volunteer.

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"The Legion of Terror is the group that staffs this haunted house," Havanec says. "We're a nonprofit. We're the world's oldest haunted horror production troupe."

Havanec says anybody "14 to 94 can volunteer."

"The majority of our recruiting is done through local high schools. Kids come up and they'll get service hours because we can sign off for them to get service hours. This is all charity, it's all nonprofit. All they have to do is come up or visit or and fill out the information to volunteer."

One of Bloodview's frequent volunteers is Beki Ingram, a contestant from SyFy's second season of "Face Off" -- a special effects makeup reality competition show, which is now airing its third season. (See Beki in her black-out makeup inside the attached photo gallery).

To offer fresh scares for the 2012 haunting season, Havanec says multiple scenes inside Bloodview were completely changed.

Havanec has been working at Bloodview for 14 years and says he sees no end of his frightful hobby in sight.

"Without a doubt, this is better than therapy. Every time you get cut off in traffic, you just store that away. Save that one for Friday. A lot of people have said it, and I agree. If I didn't do this, if we didn't do this, we'd probably all be in jail for doing other things. So we're a lot better off up here and helping out the community giving money to charity."

Bloodview, which is sponsored by the Broadview Heights Lions Club, is located at 1010 Towpath Trail in Broadview Heights. Admission is $15 for one time, $3 for repeat trips or $20 for unlimited access for the entire night.

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