His Friday night at Nashville Nightmare in Madison-a sprawling attraction with four haunted houses, an escape room, and scary cast members running around with fake weapons-might boring the thrill, however.
Tawnya Greenfield, 29, told police she and friends were waiting to enter the Nashville Nightmare haunted house with friends on October 5 when a person she believed to be one of the characters and an employee at the venue asked if her friend James Yochim was bothering her. "I get really excited about going to haunted houses". The man asked her if one of her friends (identity withheld) was "messing with her".
Yochim said he and his friends had been chased around by people with chainsaws and other weapons; they expected the weapon one of his friends was handed was fake.
What was supposed to be a night of spooky fun took an all-too-real twist when police say a woman unwittingly stabbed her friend during what she thought was part of the entertainment. Blood started to pour from Yochim's forearm. He told police he heard the person who gave the knife to Greenfield said he did not realize that the knife was that sharp. "I didn't know. I'm so sorry", he told the paper, also confirming Greenfield's version of events.
Yochim's memory is hazy, but he remembers lying on a table as cast members tried to keep him conscious and his friend "bawling" next to him. The wound required nine stitches. The stab missed major arteries, bones and tendons, but his doctor is still carefully monitoring the healing process.
No charges have been filed.
Greenfield told Fox 17 how she was handed the blade from a man she believed to be an employee. Weapons are prohibited inside. In a statement to News Channel 5, the business said that it is continuing to investigate what happened and that an employee suspected of being involved in the stabbing has been placed on leave.
"We are going over all of our safety protocols with all of our staff again, as the safety and security of all of our patrons is always our main concern", it added.
The company that runs the haunted attraction has operated in the Nashville area for the past eight years, and has not reported any other security issues or serious injuries in that time.
"Our medical staff responded immediately, and the injured party was transported to the hospital where we understand that he was treated and released".