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Mom says Halloween monster’s scariness at theme park caused daughter’s ‘severe, permanent’ injuries

A mother has reportedly sued a Pennsylvania amusement park, alleging that her teen daughter was injured during a Halloween-themed event when a costumed employee caused her to fall by frightening her.

According to The Allentown Morning CallShannon Sacco and her 15-year-old daughter are seeking $150,000 from Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and its Ohio-based parent company, Cedar Fair, for injuries they claimed the girl suffered while walking through a “Halloween Haunt” attraction in September 2017. The lawsuit stated that several costumed ghouls approached them, prompting the girl to say she didn’t want to be scared.

The ghouls appeared to back off and the girl continued through the attraction until an employee allegedly ran up behind her and screamed in her ear. According to the lawsuit, she was seriously injured when, in a moment of fright, she forcefully lunged forward and fell to the ground.

WFMZ reported that the 15-year-old was also at the park with two friends. The mother and daughter alleged that they weren’t told that they could purchase a glow-in-the-dark “No Boo” necklace, which would signal to employees not to scare her.

Though the suit stated that the teen suffered permanent and debilitating injuries which could result in long-term pain and depression, it didn’t disclose what those injuries entailed.

The lawsuit also accused Dorney Park of failing to properly train their employees, ignoring the teen’s request not to be scared, and not warning parkgoers about the risk of being startled.

A spokesperson for the theme park declined The Morning Call’s request for comment, citing ongoing litigation.

 

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