Injured in a Haunted House in Portland – Can You Sue?

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One of the most popular Halloween attractions in Portland is a Haunted House. Portland, Oregon, should be named the Halloween Capital of the World, (Sorry Anoka County, you never stood a chance) with its 10-15 haunted house attractions.

Many people flock to these houses for thrills and chills, but they may not realize that some haunted houses can be dangerous and even lead to injury. If you’re injured while visiting one of these attractions, you might wonder if you can sue the owners or operators.

Haunted Houses are trending between October 20th and October 31st. Over 4,000 seasonal haunted houses are running throughout the United States each year. [1]

Creepy Monsters, Fantastic Thrills, and Waivers, Oh My

Haunted Houses are meant to frighten; with monsters, clowns, zombies, witches, and goblins – it is meant to invite those guests who can bravely venture forth.

But with the risk can come injuries, but who is responsible for those injuries if they happen?

Prepare to be terrified! Before you enter certain spine-chilling haunted houses, brace yourself to sign a waiver. This sneaky document is cunningly crafted to restrict your lawsuit potential if you dare to get injured on the premises.

But hold on tight because if you do sign that waiver and suffer a fright-induced injury, the haunting question of whether the owner was negligent arises. So, make sure you capture every bone-chilling detail of your otherworldly encounter following any mishap.

Creepy Monsters, Fantastic Thrills, and Waivers, Oh My

Common Injuries in a Haunted House

Who is to Blame for My Portland Haunted House Injuries?

The answer as to whether you can sue depends on the circumstances of your injury and the laws in place in Portland. Generally, if you suffer an injury while participating in a “hazardous recreation activity,” like a haunted house, you can be held responsible for your own actions and injuries.

However, if it can be proven that the owners of the haunted house were negligent in their duty to provide a safe and secure environment, then you may be able to sue.

Regardless of whether you can sue or not, if you were injured in a haunted house in Portland, it is best to seek the advice of an experienced lawyer who can help you get compensation for your injuries.

Who is to Blame for My Portland Haunted House Injuries?

House of Shadows - Gresham, Oregon

A lawsuit has been filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, providing limited information. However, it claims that a customer named Eric Benson was allegedly assaulted by an actor at the House of Shadows haunted house using “dangerous equipment or props,” resulting in coronal fractures to three of his front teeth. [2]

Notable Haunted House Lawsuits

McKamey Manor – This cray haunted house required participants to get a doctor’s note and sign a 40-page waiver before entering. Approximately 31,000 people signed a petition on calling for it to be shut down. This haunted house was labeled as a “torture chamber in disguise.” [3]

A lawsuit filed by a woman from Roseville against Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac last year resettled for $125,000. [4]

In the following video, a verdict is granted in a haunted house personal injury lawsuit for $48,000.

If you have been injured in a haunted or Halloween venue, don’t wait to seek the legal help you deserve. Contact Goldberg & Loren’s personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.


[1] Haunted attraction (simulated). (2023, September 13). Wikipedia.

[2] Lawsuit Says Actor at “Full-Contact” Haunted House in Gresham Broke a Customer’s Teeth. (2018, November 9). Willamette Week.

[3]“Extreme haunted” house is “torture chamber” in disguise, says petition to close it. (2019, October 29). NBC News.

[4] Turk, J. (2021, June 17). Injury lawsuit involving Pontiac’s Erebus haunted house settled for $125K. The Oakland Press.

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