Some times real weapons can really add to the scare factor. Nothing like when a real axe scrapes across the floor and you get sparks. The customers look like "Oh Sh*t that's real." It can be done in a safe manner. Just don't do it right on top of the customers. Accidents can happen for sure, but it can be done safely by the right person to great effect. I have used real weapons in my attractions for 26 year without a single incident. However, I make sure the person is responsible and are closely supervised. I know people will think I am horrible and bad for the industry because of my opinion but sometimes you have to push the envelope to stand out from the crowd.
1986-1997 (Mutilation Mansion,) 1998 (Screamers Haunted House,) 1999 (Evil Intention Haunted House,) 2000-2001 Concept Creator/Business Partner (Urban Legends Haunted House,) 2002 Floor Plan Designer and Consultant for a (Haunted Barn) Owners had city challenges & were never able to open, 2002 Floor Plan Designer/Construction (Fright Nights Haunted House) 2003-2012 Now retired Owner (Deadly Intentions Haunted Attraction)