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Scares That Care combines horror, heart

Scares That Care combines horror, heart

The combination of blood, brains and a good cause might at first seem unnatural. But Scares That Care, a charity horror convention, offers a unique twist on helping those in need. It conjures up scares, games and celebrity appearances for its fourth year Friday through Sunday.

During his tenure as a police detective in the Baltimore area, Joe Ripple experienced real life horror when doctors diagnosed his partner's 3-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor. He was also helping with security for a regional horror convention, and this spawned an idea that would turn tragedy into inspiration.

"I got to see how kind and generous the people who enjoy this genre really...