Celebrated on the last day of October, Halloween is a secular event in the United States and many other places.  Halloween generally conjures images of carved pumpkins, black cats, and skeletons; children dressing up in costumes going house to house saying “Trick or Treat”; horror movie marathons, and candy. Lots and lots of candy.  Speaking of candy, stop by the main desk on October 30 for a sugary treat.

And in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve done a little research magic and bring you these spooktacular legal controversies and cases related to Halloween:

Beware the haunted house.  And flammable costumes.  And creepy costumes.

Chilling Halloween-Law Cases from Washington

Favorite Halloween Legal Cases

Halloween is No Excuse for Harassment: A Spooky History for Employers

Spooky Classification Cases

Those Harvard librarians gathered together some fun links – including pieces involving Homer Simpson, Jack Skellington and Ghostbusters.

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Rebecca Bearden
Technical Services Librarian,UConn Law

Rebecca works primarily within acquisitions and serials, by processing and receiving monographic and serial book orders, recordkeeping, and ensuring database integrity, as well as assisting with catalog maintenance and electronic resource management. She provides customer service between the library and vendors for book order and subscription related issues. She holds a B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. 

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Jocelyn Kennedy
Law Library Director,UConn Law

Jocelyn oversees the day-to-day operations of the reference, access, acquisitions and cataloging departments in the law library. She also teaches Advanced Legal Research at the Law School. She received her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. A member of the New Hampshire Bar, she clerked with the NH Superior Court for two years. Prior to law school Jocelyn served as a Congressional staffer for several years. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and Law Librarians of New England.