Halloween Magic Skeleton Show
A Great Way for Families to Celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles!
2013 DATES: October 19-20, 24-31
HOURS: 6-9pm Sunday-Thursday; 6-10pm Friday-Saturday
ADMISSION & PARKING: Always Free!
2013 BONEY ISLAND PRESENTATION: The whimsical skeletons are back with their Halloween magic show, entitled “Abarcadaver”!
BONEY ISLAND HISTORY: Beginning in 1997, this unique amateur yard haunt entertained trick-or-treaters for ten years, earning a reputations as one of the best family-oriented Halloween events in Los Angeles. Billing itself as the “world’s only skeleton carnival,” Boney Island offered a Halloween version of a Coney Island-type entertainment attraction – populated entirely by skinless skeletons! The special mechanical effects (mostly wires pulled by motors) were proudly low-tech, but that detracted from the enterainment value not one boney little bit. You could laugh as the skeletons fished in the “Trick or Trout” booth! Thrill as they swung clubs at flapping flying mammals in the “Batting Cage”! Or gag at the “Rotten Candy” machine filled with spiders!
Halloween 2007 was the last for the old incarnation of Boney Island, and the carnival props were sold off. After a three-year hiatus, Rick Polizzi (a producer of THE SIMPSONS) resurrected a new version of Boney Island in 2011. For this incarnation, Boney Island was re-imagined as a “Halloween Magic Show,” featuring spooky prestidigitatosr Maestro Maxilla and the Conjuring Clavicle. The highlight was a colorfully lit water-fountain show, set to music.
BONEY ISLAND BOTTOM LINE: There is very little that is actually spooky (nor does it try to be). The colors and carnival music are calculated for to create a fun, almost Tim Burton-esque atmosphere, making this the perfect place to bring young children who might be intimidated by more adult-type haunts. That’s not to say the appeal was solely to children — the outrageously goofy displays are guaranteed laugh-providers for adults, too.
BONEY ISLAND 2008: Although 2007 marked the 10th and last year of Boney Island in its original form, some of the props were purchased by a new owner and set up at a home in Van Nuys. Although was nice to see some some portion of the fabulous yard haunt live on, the new location was a pale shadow of the old – more a skeleton party than a skeleton carnival. If you lived in the area, it might have been worth walking by for a look, but we would not recommend making a special trip.
BONEY ISLAND VIDEO: Enjoy our videos of past performances at Boney Island.