Halloween is the time when everyone is entitled to one good scare. Dorney Park, a popular amusement park in Pennsylvania, seeks to give thrill seekers as many scares as possible with its annual "Halloween Haunt." But one visitor has voiced her displeasure over the park's celebration ofspooky in the form of every theme park's greatest fear: a lawsuit.
A teenage girl, identified only as M.S. in reports, visited Dorney Park with her friends during the Halloween Haunt in September 2017. As she passed through an attraction, M.S., despite her pleas for performers not to scare her, still found herself approached by costumed villains with the intent to strike fear in their patrons. The last straw was when one performer snuck up from behind her and shouted loudly in her ear. She was so startled, she lunged forward and fell to the ground, causing "severe, permanent, and debilitating injuries."
M.S.'s mother, Shannon Sacco, filed a lawsuit in January seeking more than $150,000 in damages from Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and its parent company, Cedar Fair of Sandusky, Ohio.
According to the suit, Dorney Park neglected to inform Sacco or her daughter of the option to purchase a "No Boo" necklace, which emits flashing lights to notify performers not to scare visitors, thus leading to M.S.'s traumatic episode. The suit claims that the park's negligence was the inciting cause of the teenager's "injuries, pain, emotional and mental distress and impairment of bodily functions."
The suit does not go into detail as to what her injuries were exactly, but claims that the victim has since had to undergo ongoing medical treatment, rendering her unable to carry out usual activities or keep a job. On top of that, Sacco believes that the Halloween Haunt's "unreasonably startling" attractions failed to consider her daughter's safety.
According to The Morning Call, Tana Korpics, spokeswoman for Dorney Park, declined to comment on the suit, claiming it is inappropriate for the company to comment on litigation.
What do you think? Should Sacco's daughter, simply, not have attended an event called "Halloween Haunt" if she did not want to be haunted in the first place, or are the employees of Dorney Park the ones who should be scared? Let us know in the comments below!