Call for Artistic & Production Staff!

Deadline August 10! Calling all theatrical puppet artists, designers, and production-minded nerds. BareBones Puppets is now accepting applications for multiple contract positions for the 23rd Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. We need your expertise to bring this multifaceted outdoor halloween spectacle to life. Our show will be performed on October 22-23, and 28-31.


Community Storyboard Meetings

Join us as we begin to plan the 23rd annual Barebones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza! The community is invited to the first storyboard meeting of 2016 to begin brewing ideas. Everyone and their ideas are welcome.

  • Storyboard Meeting #1 Sunday, August 21st 10-noon
  • Storyboard Meeting #2 Sunday, September 4th 10-noon

Meeting will be held at the Avalon Theater - home of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis We look forward to seeing you there!

Barebones Halloween 2016

We are excited to announce the dates of this years BareBones Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. The 2016 performance dates are October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

Did you know?

It takes more people to put on our Halloween show than there are bones in a human skeleton. Whether your specialty is acting, singing, puppet building, playing music, or feeding the masses, check back in June for details on the many ways to get involved with this years show. Make sure you have signed up for our mailing list and joined our new Facebook page so that you don't miss our Call for Artists. -scottie hall and Jan Elftmann · Co-Chairs BareBones Board of Directors

Barebones Halloween 2015

Thank You! We came together to grieve, to collaborate, to create and to grapple with what lies heavy in our hearts. This year has felt heavy with the passing of too many, too soon, too young. We sought to hold a space for our beloved now gone as well as the unknown dead.

We sang, we danced, we played, we blended, built, focused. We combined many different visions and voices together to create something far larger than any one of us could express alone.

It is a great honor to work amid this supportive, creative BareBones community. Infinite thanks to the Mississippi River Valley and all ye wild creators who make this show a ritual, extravaganza and labor of love. Read more about the show... 

BareBones Halloween 2015: We all Fall Down

BareBones 2015 art by Amy Taylor