>>42135624>Pretty sure its not illegal to dress up as and pretend to be a ghost to scare people, even if it involves like, scaring people away from an abandoned theme park so you can buy it super cheap or whatever your plan is
Operating on the grounds of property you do not own is considered trespassing. The main reason you may not see it is because in the US trespassing is considered an illegal action, while in the UK it is only illegal under specific conditions. For example, Penal Code 602 PC is the California statute that defines the crime of criminal trespass. A person commits trespassing when he or she enters -- or remains on -- someone else's property without permission or a right to do so. Conversely, in the UK trespass to land is not generally a criminal offence unless some special statutory provision makes it so.
Since the events of Scooby Doo take place in the US, they are subject to US laws.
On top of that, a lot of the time, these people set up traps or try to capture people that are trying to snoop around. These types of traps are classified as Booby Traps, and they are against the Geneva Convention, which states:A booby trap may be defined as any concealed or camouflaged device designed to cause bodily injury when triggered by any action of a person making contact with the device. This term includes guns, ammunition, or explosive devices attached to trip wires or other triggering mechanisms, sharpened stakes, nails, spikes, electrical devices, lines or wires with hooks attached, and devices for the production of toxic fumes or gases.
If a person sets up such a trap to protect his/her property, he/she will be liable for any injury or death even to an unwanted intruder such as a burglar. It is illegal to set a booby trap on one's own property to prevent intruders.
Without prejudice to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict relating to treachery and perfidy, it is prohibited in all circumstances to use:
a. any booby-trap in the form of an apparently harmless portable object which is specifically designed and constructed to contain explosive material and to detonate when it is disturbed or approached, or
b. booby-traps which are in any way attached to or associated with:
1. internationally recognized protective emblems, signs or signals;
2. sick, wounded or dead persons;
3. burial or cremation sites or graves;
4. medical facilities, medical equipment, medical supplies or medical transportation;
5. children's toys or other portable objects or products specially designed for the feeding, health, hygiene, clothing or education of children;
6. food or drink;
7. kitchen utensils or appliances except in military establishments, military locations or military supply depots;
8. objects clearly of a religious nature;
9. historic monuments, works of art or places or worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples;
10. animals or their carcasses.
It is prohibited in all circumstances to use any booby-trap which is designed to cause superfluous injury or necessary suffering."
Such actions are liable to be classified as a war crime under the Geneva Convention, though how each country deals with such things is up to the country in question. Chances are though it will be classified as criminal negligence, and it is definitely grounds for detainment.
Also, wearing a mask specifically to hide one's identity when knowingly commiting a crime (Which applies to the above) itself is illegal, according to Section 185 of the penal code:Section One Hundred and Eighty-five. It shall be unlawful for any person to wear any mask, false whiskers, or any personal disguise (whether complete or partial) for the purpose of:
One—Evading or escaping discovery, recognition, or identification in the commission of any public offense.
Two—Concealment, flight, or escape, when charged with, arrested for, or convicted of, any public offense. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
It is also illegal to wear a disguise with the intent to threaten harm another individual.
So yes, there are MULTIPLE charges in which these guys can be brought up on.