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Byline: Shannon Frech

Halloween is known for tricks, terror and treats. However, hapless party hosts, pumpkin patch proprietors and corn maze meanderers have haunted courts. Click through to read about 5 claims lawsuits that would send a shiver down the spine of any agent or broker.

Haunted Houses

The Haunted House Assn. estimates that more than 2,000 haunted attractions operate each year. This seasonal industry leaves a lot of room for disgruntled customers, so owners beware: Insure your attractions properly, or you're in for a scare.

In the case of Deborah Mays v. Gretna Athletic Boosters Inc., defendants operating a haunted house at the Mel Ott Playground in Gretna, La., were taken to court by the plaintiff, Mays, who became frightened when an employee jumped out at her. Mays ran into a cinderblock wall covered with black fabric and needed two surgeries to repair her broken nose.

The court found the defendant had "no duty to protect Mays from her reacting in Cybizarre, frightened and unpredictable ways'" because that is the natural and expected reaction to haunted houses. Duty of care owed to haunted house patrons is different because courts recognize they are intended to scare people and accomplish that end by producing an environment with limited lighting and scary surprises.

Maze of Litigation

With the holiday's propensity for themes of bones, blood and gore, it's no surprise that Halloween accidents can be dangerous or deadly.

In the case of Durmon v. Billings, the plaintiff met with a figure dressed as Jason Voorhees from the popular horror film "Friday the 13th" while walking through the defendants' corn maze. The character approached "Jason," who wore a costume and mask, and wielded a running chainsaw above his head. The plaintiff attempted to run away, but fell and broke her leg.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff charged the maze owners with negligence for the muddy condition of the field and for allowing "Jason" to use an instrument that could have harmed her. The court found that, upon entering the maze, the plaintiff had paid to be frightened and that the maze's condition was obvious. Therefore, the defendants were not responsible from protecting her from Jason.

If the defendants had failed to mention to their insurers that they operate a corn maze on their land, any accident occurring there would not have been covered by the insurance policy. If found at fault for an accident, the defendants would be solely responsible for paying the settlement.

Costume Coverage

Gone are the days when a sheet with two holes for eyes constituted a costume. Those trying to circumvent the expense of Halloween by making their own costumes should use common sense around hazards like candles or fireplaces and be sure to read all manufacturer warnings.

Susan and Frank Ferlito attended a Halloween party dressed as Little Bo Peep and one of her sheep. Frank lit a cigarette and ignited his sheep costume, which was constructed from Johnson & Johnson cotton balls. A jury found the couple 50 percent at fault, but still awarded the Ferlitos a combined $625,000 in Ferlito v. Johnson & Johnson.

The district court granted Johnson & Johnson's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. On appeal, the court affirmed the district court's decision to set aside the jury verdict, and noted that cotton is a "simple product with all its essential characteristics apparent, including flammability." Failure to warn was not found to be proximate to the cause of the injuries the plaintiff sustained and he had not testified that he would not have used the product if there had been a warning.

Risque Risks

Issues can arise when adults wear costumes--especially those considered to be provocative--to work. Sexual harassment and other actions that fall under behavior related to hostile work environments have become prevalent in employment law disputes.

A female sales employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit when a male manager made lewd comments about her doctor costume. He unbuckled his pants, motioned to his groin, and said, "Here, Doctor. It hurts here." The defendant was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 and related attorney fees for the plaintiff at the conclusion of Devane v. Sears Home Improvement Products Inc.

Party Precautions

Megan Duskey went to the "Haunted Hotel Ball" hosted by Palmer House Hilton in Chicago in 2010. Instead of a fun night with friends, Megan fell four floors to her death after attempting to slide down a railing and suffering head trauma.

Her parents filed suit in July of this year, alleging negligence on the part of Palmer House Hilton as well as the event companies hosting the party. The suit claims that the hosts and hotel allowed guests to consume unlimited amounts of alcohol and failed to provide adequate security. The plaintiffs seek more than $500,000 in compensation for their daughter's death.

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29 Jan 2015

Scary Maze Game

What's original fascinating about Scary Maze Game To start with, SMG is not even a game... It is one of the most original internet pranks ever made or rather the most original. At first sight, SMG is no different from any other flash maze game, there is a maze and a small object player has to bring to the exit. Any player can get past the level one without an effort; next level however is more challenging and considerably harder. Player needs to focus on the task in order to succeed. And when he/she is focused enough that is when "it happens".

There are many versions of scary maze games, there's even a mobile version (for iOS and Android) but SMG is not effective enough on mobile phones since the scary effect largely depends on speakers (should be on high volume). There are also games like Scary Maze that don't look like the ones people are used to, and the ones that don't advertise the word "scary", which is good since you can easily prank people who have had experience with SMG in the past. You can however, forget about the game, there are only 2-3 levels (depending on game edition) just enough to make you relax, concentrate on the game, after "it happens" game is over. Except some editions like Scary Maze Game DX, if you really like SMG, can't live without it, DX version has more levels and without scary effect.

Don't Look Back

An emotional 8 bit puzzle / adventure game with a very powerful ending (reminds the Orpheus adventure in underworld from Greek Mythology, actually, it is a story of Orpheus and Eurydice). The game is old but not as old as you may think, it's been published by Kongregate website in 2009. To actually feel strong emotions about 8 bit game, is something we don't see every day. If you have played "One and One Story" and liked it, you'll definitely going to love this one. State of art game, flawless story, and musical background, difficult but in a perfect doze.

Best thing about the game is the atmosphere, how it makes you feel: sometimes you just want to let go the keyboard and enjoy the dark rainy sky, the music. The ending is very sad and shocking at same time, but everything makes sense, more than it does in any other game you've played before. While the game is enjoyable and lovable, it is also incredibly infuriating, but don't give up too soon, it worth going through hell to see the game finale.

Don't Look Back is a work of art, a philosophical game that makes you feel mixed emotions: the anger, sadness, intrigue and love. Excellent interpretation of the story from the Greek Mythology, the real work of art.

Karoshi Salary Man

99.99% of all games share the same concept: A hero saves the world, or at least saves himself, or dies trying. But what about the 0.01%? Tiny 0.01% is called Karoshi, salaryman with one purpose only, to die! The point of the game, or rather the goal of each level in the game is to die. How's that for original? Looking for ways to die instead of saving your a$$... Like whenever you see a door with an Exit sign, you ignore it, because if you go through that door the game is over.

Let's ignore the fact that Karoshi game has an extremely unusual premise; the game process itself is also very interesting: puzzles are intelligent and original, sound effects are fitting, and more importantly the game is fun. Action-platformer game Karoshi Salaryman is not just a show, 50 levels total in game one plus another 50 in the sequel Super Karoshi. Some levels are easy (in fact, starting levels substitute the game tutorial) and some puzzles are really hard, annoying at times. Anyway, the game is harder than you think in the beginning. But it is enjoyable, also, this is the kind of game that you'll definitely want to share with your friends.

Pillage The Village

Do you remember PC game Black and White? A god simulator game developed by Lionhead Studios and published by EA Games. The game in which player assumes the role of god to control villages and even islands. Pillage the Village is kind of same but with exception that there is no pseudo AI in it like it is in Black and White. However, in Pillage the Village game there are certain kinds of RPG elements like talent builds. 3 Builds 1. Neutral, 2. Pacifist, 3. Antagonist. We'll talk about talents a little later. Now, more about the game: PTV is a ragdoll physics game with advanced gesture recognition, superb graphics (for flash platform) and awesome gameplay.

Here is the list of talents from each build"


1. Mana Power Plant - Increases Mana regeneration with each level

2. Mana Batteries - increases maximum amount of mana with each level.

3. Pit Trap Engineering - allows 1 free escaped villager per level

4. Venture Capitalism - More gold from villagers


1. Euthanasia - Temporarily imbues cursor with lethal injection

2. Slave Cage - Drops Cage into the village. Cage size will increase with each level

3. Freeze Time - Temporarily Stops time, additional levels increase duration

4. ?


1. Power Gauntlet - Converts cursor into the power gauntlet

2. Acme Anvil - Drops anvil on the selected area, size increased with each level

3. Great Barrier - Encapsulates the area with an elastic force field.

4. ?

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:25pm EDT

1 of 2. Cast member Dylan O'Brien poses at a press line for 'The Maze Runner' during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 25, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When MTV's "Teen Wolf" heartthrob Dylan O'Brien first auditioned for young adult dystopian film "The Maze Runner," director Wes Ball thought he was too "cool" to play the movie's innocent, vulnerable lead.

"I wasn't even sure that Dylan was the right guy at first," Ball said with a laugh. "It took me a lot of time to talk to Dylan, to just get to know him and understand that he can do the very emotional, soft, nuanced stuff."

"Maze Runner," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, is based on the first novel in James Dashner's young adult series. It follows a group of boys with no memories of their past, living in an isolated, mysterious paradise called the Glade, trapped by a giant moving concrete maze that is their only escape.

It is also Twenty-First Century Fox's first film to be shown on a 270-degree panoramic screen called Barco Escape, which will be featured in five Cinemark movie theaters in Florida, Illinois, California and Texas.

The three-piece screens aim to immerse viewers into the film, from the claustrophobic elevator box that Thomas, played by O'Brien, travels to the Glade in, to a tense action scene when he tries to escape from the rapidly changing Maze.

A lot rests on the shoulders of 23-year-old O'Brien, a former teen YouTube star, as he plays Thomas in the first installment of a three-part franchise "Maze Runner."

"It's completely opposite to the themes of these kids having to compete against one another and kill one another," O'Brien said, comparing "Maze Runner" to young adult films such as "Hunger Games" and "Divergent."

"This is very much about these kids having to come together and survive."

Inspired by William Golding's 1954 novel "Lord of the Flies," Dashner hopes his story appeals to both young adults and adults with its contemporary sci-fi themes.

"It's refreshing to have the main character be a male for once, seems like there's been a lot of female leads," he said.

Made for $30 million and filmed in under two months, "Maze Runner" is Fox's attempt to grab a slice of the young adult film audience who are being reeled in by franchises.

But not all young adult book adaptations have successfully performed at the box office. Last year, "The Host," "The Mortal Instruments" and "Ender's Game" performed below expectations.

"The reason some of those movies didn't work is because they weren't adventurous," Ball said.

"Maze Runner" may escape the same fate, with U.S. opening weekend projections of $37 million. The director is already scouting locations for the sequel, which changes tone as characters become fugitives.

"This movie is about them deciding to take their lives into their own hands and risk death to find a way out of this prison they're in. The next film is a crazy journey and it's really about them finding their identity," said Ball, who made his feature film directing debut with "Maze Runner."

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Patricia Reaney and Andrew Hay)

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28 Jan 2015

Knott's Berry Discounts 2014

Visitors looking for fun on the West Coast should looking into getting discounts to Knott's Berry Farm.  Located in Buena Park, California, this place has fun for every member of your family.

For thrill seekers young and old, there are nine different roller coasters.  From the Timberline Twister for kids to the Boomerang coaster that flips you over six times in less than a minute, you will experience fast and furious fun.

Other thrill rides for the brave ones in your group include:

Rip Tide

Screamin' Swing

Supreme Scream


La Revolucion

There is an entire park for kids called Camp Snoopy.  There families will find child-sized rides for young children and tamer rides for older kids. The Red Baron, Log Peeler and Charlie Brown Speedway offer children a chance to have fun at jus the right speed.

For cooling off, there are three water rides.  Be prepared to get wet on these aggressive thrill rides!

Season Pass

If you live in the area, a season pass makes sense to purchase if you enjoy visiting the park. The more you use the pass, the less each visit costs.  There are 165 rides and attractions, so you can have a different experience every time you go.  Buying your tickets preseason will garner you the most savings.

There are three different types of  season passes-Regular, Gold and Platinum.  Each comes with it's own special perks.

Buy Your Tickets Online

If you are only going for the day, you can save a lot of money simply buy purchasing your tickets online.  Not only will you get a discount, but you will also skip waiting in line to buy your tickets!

AAA Discounts

The Automobile Club is one of the best investments.  Not only do you get emergency roadside, service, but you get discounts to theme parks lik.  With proof of membership. Guests will receive a 30% discount on admission and 20% discount to one of the three Knott's Soak City Water Parks.

For California residents there is an occasional deal of 2-for-1 tickets at AAA.  Check out their website for details.

Military Discount

This venue offers discounts to military personnel.  Just show your Military ID to get a reduced priced admission ticket.

Email Newsletter

Sign up for the email newsletter on the home page.  You will receive the latest news and discounts delivered right to your inbox.

Knott's Berry Farm Coupons

During certain times of the year, Knott's Berry Farm coupons can be found at different fast food restaurants in the area.

There are also coupons available if your company is a member of the Joe Cool Club. Members can download printable coupons to the park.

Entertainment Book

The Orange County edition of the Entertainment Book has coupons for Knott's Berry Farms. There are money saving coupons for regular admission (for up to four people) and for season passes.  Depending on how many people are in your group, it may be worth it to buy the book to get the savings, especially when you purchase it mid-year or later.

Southern California Resident Discounts

With proof of residency, residents of Orange County can buy discount tickets.

Group Rates

Whether it is a youth group, school group or corporate group, there are special rates.  Just have fifteen or more and buy with one transaction, and let the savings begin!


The park  has it's own Facebook fan page.  Simply like it to find out about special promotions and deals that are available at the park, like free admission on Mother's Day for moms when you buy brunch.

Visitors to California have several options for buying discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm. 

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28 Jan 2015

The greatest scares online are coming for you!

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The greatest scares online are coming for you!

Scary Sites with Ghosts and Chills: Creepy Websites and Scary Internet Things

Every now and then, people search the 'Net and stumble upon scary things. Surprisingly, the Internet holds a lot of these scary sites. While people inevitably explore these scary websites out of curiosity and boredom, there's a good chance they'll get what they are expecting, and sometimes, even more!

These are the scariest things you can find on the Internet. Beware! You are in for a real shocking scare! Proceed at your own discretion because surely...some of this stuff are not for the faint-of-heart. You have been thoroughly warned!

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What's Wrong with this Room?

This one's a classic example of scary web stuff. It's been around for years now, only to scaring and creeping out people who are looking for spooky stuff.

Now, search that scary mystery room until you find its startling surprise! Or should I say...shock!

Now, if you decide to give it a try, stare at the eerie picture for at least a minute to see the thing you probably don't want to see in your own room.

I tell you, this is one of the scariest websites you can find online.

Bong-Cheong Dong Ghost: Online Ghost Stories

Just a creepy woman. Nothing suspicious here!

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Just a creepy woman. Nothing suspicious here!

Bong-Cheong Dong Ghost is a Korean illustrated comic that really brings on the chills. What's more, it's based on a true story!

For maximum viewing experience, scroll the comic down as you read at your own ghostly pace! Also, turn the volume up high!

Be warned though that this ain't your usual horror comic strip, and when I said that...err...just see for yourself.

Ok-su Station Ghost

Do you think there's something wrong with her?

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Do you think there's something wrong with her?

The Ok-su Station Ghost Mystery Sketch is similar to the Bong-Cheong Dong Ghost Mystery Sketch but a little milder. I said milder, but mind you, it's still creepy in its own graphic sense.

This story is very creepy. Trains and train stations with ghosts and demons are so eery. This one will for sure just keep dragging you into the darkness.

The House: Scary Flash Game

Who would have thought that a simple online flash game with a name like The House could get this scary?

That's correct! It's only a flash game but, has a creepy shock factor that will surely scare the living daylights out of anyone who dares to play.

Enjoy the nightmare!

If you really have a knack for horror games, then there's more here for you...

Scariest Horror Games Online

Welcome to the collective list of the Scariest Games Online Ever! Here you'll be playing with the most horrific internet games you could play online. Now buckle up for the scare of your life. See you!

Anneliese Michel's Exorcism Audio Tape

Do you like scary movies like The Exorcism of Emily Rose or The Last Exorcism? Well, they were inspired by this real-life story.

Those with a weak heart, do not play this video! This scary video contains the full audio and horrid sounds of the exorcism of Anneliese Michel.

Anneliese Michel was a young German woman in the 1970s who was diagnosed with epilepsy and depression when she was sixteen. By twenty, she was living in a mental institution, heard voices, and developed an aversion to religious objects. Local priests believed she was suffering from demonic possession, and were given permission by the Church to perform brutal rites of exorcism on her. Malnourished and sick, Anneliese died in 1976 after ten months of "treatment." Her parents and the priests were found guilty of negligent homicide.

Now, go play that scary exorcism audio tape. I'd give you bonus bravery points if you can listen to it alone at night.

The game that started the horrific-flash-game mania!

I'm sure a lot of people are already familiar with this scary maze game. Even though it's a very simple game and yet it has the capability to scare the crap out of any unsuspecting player.

This game is so unsuspectingly scary that many people have cried, panicked, or punched their computer screens after falling victim to its surprise attack.

Grudge Ghost Girl in the Mirror

You'll never be able to look in the mirror again!

This is exactly what happens when you are having a bad hair day and you decide to look at yourself in the mirror.

Even the most vain won't want to look in the mirror after seeing this. But then again, maybe that's just what you look like. Accept it already!

Literally, it's a stalker that will have you terrified for life.

Simply put, Take this Lollipop takes fright to a new level by leading a terrifying stalker right to your doorstep. Okay, I'll keep my mouth shut now. You'll have to find out for yourself how this bone-chilling brilliance messes with your mind.

Go on, connect it with your Facebook account and witness the blood-curdling scare of your life.

Just an innocent car passing by on the road. Wait...whut?!

Watch as a seemingly normal car passing by the road turns into a scary and traumatic experience.

Again, this video is definitely not for scaredy-cats and sissies! Oooh, gonna cry? Watch it and prove that nothing scares you!

Creepy Pasta: Scary Horror Stories and MicroFiction

Creepy Pasta holds a massive amount of horror stories and scary pictures that any horror-lover would not want to miss.

True to fact, the ghost stories on Creepy Pasta have given many people endless nightmares. And mind you, you actually have to confirm your age before you can even start reading all the bizarre and freaky stuff there.

Now step into the dark domain of the horror internet stories scary website, Creepy Pasta.

CreepyPasta Wiki is a spooky bonus. This wiki website summarizes the whole Creepy Pasta domain in one fell swoop with a toned-down look. It sources content from the original site. You'd find the basic details here as well as the most recent news and whatnot about Creepy Pasta.

Jingle Bells Played Backwards

Do you know the scary hidden meaning of "Jingle Bells"?

Find out in this disturbing reversed Jingle Bells audio clip of the classic Christmas song.

Check it out if you are brave enough to decode the meaning. It's not my fault if something bad happens to you.

Salad Fingers: Guaranteed to Freak You Out!

Salad Fingers is a psychological-horror cartoon series created by David Firth.

In terms of eeriness and creepiness, this video series will probably freak you out with its disturbing antics and weird elements. Personally, it gave me the chills. Its plot, characters, and all of its parts are really unusual.

You should watch it if you think you can handle the silent madness. Just looking at that green freak of a character (Salad Fingers) and his suspicious actions may induce nightmares.

When Will You Die?

Know the date and cause of your looming death!

With this Hour of Death application, all you have to do is input the information they ask for, like your age, gender, height, and weight. Then, your death is set! Prepare for the most horrendous truth you'll would wish you'd never uncovered.

This is your very last warning. If you really want to know when and how exactly you're going to die, then do as you wish! It's your life, after all.

You've Reached the End of the Line!

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