OUR VIEWS: Boo-hoo lawsuit threatens tradition

Jun 18, 2012


With life there is risk, and we should accept those risks if we choose to participate in certain activities.

Haunted houses are dark, and that’s no secret. It’s easy to fall over things or other people as you partake in the experience that shapes Halloween.

After all, how effective would a haunted house actually be if it was well lit, and people could see things well out in front of them? If haunted houses were actually that way, it would be a great way to avoid personal injury – since most wouldn’t choose to attend.

Visiting haunted houses is as much of a tradition in the fall as an Easter egg hunt is in the spring, or Fourth of July parades.

If frivolous lawsuits such as this were to become commonplace, these very traditions could be in jeopardy. No worthwhile organization is going to subject themselves to these lawsuits that come with such significant financial impact. The real losers will be those who rely on the donations generated by many of these activities – and that would be very sad.

Gone would be the sense of community that comes from groups working together for a common cause, and families and neighbors forming bonds that define Americana.

Sure, organizers must be responsible as they construct the ghostly displays and attempt to avoid accidents. It’s clear that based on the outstanding safety track record of this Haunted Hall, that has been exactly the case.

Let’s keep the boo in Halloween and the boo-hoo to yourself.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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