Last year’s real chain saw aside, West Palm Beach Halloween party organizers clash with city over fake weapons

City officials and event organizers are clashing over whether fake weapons -- as part of Halloween costumes -- should be allowed at West Palm Beach's Moonfest.

City spokesman Elliott Cohen said Tuesday police will not allow any items that can be construed as a real weapon into Saturday's Halloween music festival. But event organizers say the city and police already signed off on allowing faux weapons inside.

"In order to preserve safety, anything that can be construed as a real weapon by police will not be allowed into the event," Cohen told The Palm Beach Post. "Our responsibility is to make this event safe and keep it safe for anybody that attends. It’s just common sense."

Moonfest organizer Maurice Costigan says security officers have never had trouble differentiating between fake and real weapons at the event. Participants have to enter through a gate manned by private security. Even though last year someone brought a real chain saw, the tool was spotted and that person was not allowed to attend, the report said.

"This event couldn't be more safe or secure," Costigan told The Post.

The Post reports that more than 30,000 people are expected to attend the event.

The Associated Press contributed to this report