ANTIOCH -- Two local businesses are holding a Haunted House fundraiser next week to scare up money for new play equipment at City Park.
Servpro of Antioch and K2GC Construction will be frightening residents for a good cause from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Servpro warehouse, 2101 W. 10th St. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 apiece, or four for $15.
Proceeds will go toward new play equipment at the older Antioch park, after the recently revamped tot lot at the park was destroyed by an arson fire last month. Two teens were arrested on suspicion of causing the Sept. 17 fire.
Mike Borders, owner of Servpro of Antioch, said he saw what happened on the television news and wanted to do something to help. Co-worker Josh Sauberman mentioned doing a haunted house, and the idea took off.
"I mentioned it to Ken (Turnage, owner of K2GC) and he was just like a kid in a candy store," Borders said. "It's just been unbelievable to see the community coming together and wanting to help. It blows me away."
Borders says the people he's come across in the community say they either played at City Park or their children play there and want to see the damaged playground rebuilt.
All proceeds will go to helping the city.
The haunted house is entirely volunteer-run and will feature a kids' fun zone with a jump house, local businesses hosting game booths, a raffle and a "classic freak show" by resident Richard Mason, according to organizers.
For more information, visit www.antiochhauntedhouse.com.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.