Sutton, Victoria, Halloween Law: A Spirited Look at the Law School Curriculum. Lubbock, TX: Vargas Publishing, 2012. 129 pp. Available on Amazon.com (Kindle edition) $9.99 and BarnesandNoble.com (paperback) $18.99.
Are you looking for a little humor in your substantive law collection? Perhaps, you are looking for a book that introduces potential law students to legal concepts? Then, Halloween Law by Victoria Sutton is for you. Halloween Law gives a broad overview of the legal issues arising from Halloween related incidents following the general curriculum of law school from first-year courses to advanced legal concepts. The book addresses substantive law areas, including Constitutional Law, Torts, and Property Law, with short entertaining quizzes at the end of each chapter. One chapter touches on the many aspects of First Amendment law using cases addressing un-neighborly final sentiments placed on Halloween tombstone decorations in the front yard. The entire book is filled with bite-size snippets of legal and non-legal history. In the criminal law chapter, the reader learns the sad origins of the (mostly) urban legends involving razors and poisons in Halloween candy. I think the most entertaining chapter focuses on Torts and assumption of the risk. To illustrate assumption of the risk the book discusses cases related to haunted houses where visitors become so frightened they hurt themselves and then claim the haunted houses were too frightening. This lighthearted book will provide laughs, or at least some chuckles, and a concise overview of the standard law school first-year curriculum. While it might not make or break a decision to go to law school, it will give a glimpse of what is in store including some of the laugh out loud moments that await new law students.
Reviewed by Kelly Leong, Reference Librarian at Duke Law Library