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Teen sues theme park because its Halloween attraction was too scary

March 13, 2019 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A mother and her teenage daughter have sued Dorney Park because the teen — who was visiting its Halloween-themed exhibit in October — was too scared.  

She told the costumed ghouls to stop, but they came up behind her anyway and shouted in her ear, and she tripped. They're now suing the park for $150,000 for her injuries.  

A business has the legal obligation to keep its guests safe by eliminating hazards, so if the employees waited until they knew she was next to an unmarked hole in the ground before screaming, there might be liability. 

But eliminating scary things at a Halloween exhibit isn't required. 

If you don't like to be scared, don't go to a Halloween exhibit, because it's not just foreseeable that you'll be scared — that's the whole point.  

The law will say that you knew what was coming and chose to participate anyway, so you can give up the ghost of getting money because of it.