Boney Island Yard Haunt
4602 Morse Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91432
October 21-31 UPDATE: Closed this Halloween and most likely forever. After listing dates on its official website back in Septmeber, Boney Island announced via its Facebook page, on October 7, that it would be forced to close because it could not afford the costs associated with the event:
"In light of events our world has been experiencing, keeping the public safe from harm in an outdoor setting has become stricter and cost prohibitive with permit fees, road closures, and police protection. With the city's new requirements, costs could reach up to $100,000. For a neighborhood event like Boney Island, it is too far out of our reach and therefore, we have no other option than to close our gates for good."
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Boney Island Yard Haunt 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 marked the 10th and last year of Boney Island in its original form. Many of the old props were auctioned off; some of them showed up at a new home in Van Nuys. Although was nice to see a 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.
Fortunately, 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.