Halloween Shop Snubbed by Largo Opens In Clearwater

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Remember Castel Bantuit, that Halloween store that never quite opened in Largo? The one with the huge gargoyles and hearse parked out front that Largo code enforcement officials shut down a day before the grand opening?

Well, owner Helene Urbin recently found a space in Clearwater last month for her numerous horror-iffic items — including caskets, gothic T-shirts and ghoulish costumes — just in time for our spookiest holiday. Urbin says she was never able to resolve all the issues the Largo codes department had with the 15,000-square foot building and began looking for another space to put all of her haunted house props and products.

“They just wouldn’t let us in,” says Urbin. “They were hitting us with bogus fines.”

So, instead of watching another Halloween come and go, Urbin leased space on Gulf To Bay Boulevard and Highland Road.

“All the stuff I was going to put in Castel, I’m putting in here,” she says about the smaller shop.

No word yet on where she’ll fit those huge gargoyles.

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