Halloween has inspired or been the cause of many unique legal cases – real and fictional.

One of the most famous is a New York case, Stambovsky v Ackley, where the court found that a house was haunted. The court ruled that a buyer could rescind a contract to purchase a house and recover his down payment because he was not told that the house he was purchasing was reputed to be haunted.

There are several cases involving haunted house attractions that provide that if you are injured in due to your reaction to being scared then you cannot recover damages even if you react in unpredictable or bizarre ways. Courts have reasoned that you have assumed the risk of being scared by entering the attraction.

Also, there are the imaginary legal cases related to media characters such as Homer Simpson selling his soul to the devil or Jack Skellington impersonating Santa Claus.