Scaring up a good time: Local Coast Guard station gives back with Haunted House (PHOTOS)

BM1 Michael Shallue shares the secrets behind the electric chair. With the flip of a switch, loud crackling noises erupt and the dummy shakes violently in the chair.

Coast Guard Station Destin officers finally got to showcase their hard work and creativity as they opened their Haunted House last weekend.

Using their own money and free time, officers have been transforming the Coast Guard boat garage into a demented house of horrors since late August.

"It's all on the member's own time and dime," said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Michael Shallue.

The house is strictly a team effort, especially during the recent government shutdown, Shallue said. Groups of three each got to chose a room and decorate it to their liking.

"There's a lot of new people participating this year since we have 70 percent new staff," explained Shallue.

The Haunted House takes cues from modern and classic horror movies. There's lots of blood, random body parts and even a few hanging rescue dummies.

"We recommended that the haunted house is for children aged 10 and up," Shallue said.

But what drives the Destin Coast Guard officers is not the chance to scare the wits out of people, but the chance to give back to the community by donating 100 percent of proceeds to Destin Harvest, a non-profit food harvest organization serving Okaloosa and Walton County. Instead of admission costs, the Coast Guard is asking for donations — either monetary or non-perishable food items.

"It's important to give back to the community," Shallue said.


Coast Guard members donated their free time and money to decorate each of the rooms of the boat garage where the haunted house is held. You can visit the house, located at 2000 Miracle Strip Parkway in Destin, Oct. 25 and 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission cost is donations to Destin Harvest, a mobile food pantry that works with other charities in the community.