BareBones Puppets Presents

You Were Once Wild Here

October 22 - 31

The most magical time of year is upon us!

The 23rd annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza!

Come and see witches, weavers, crones, kittens, cats, fire, PUPPETS and an orchestra led by Venus DeMars. Directed by Melissa Birch.

All Shows at 7pm. The gate opens at 6:30.
  • Saturday, October 22 · Audio description by Elana Centor
  • Sunday, October 23
  • Friday, October 28 · ASL interpretation by Angelina Roslik
  • Saturday, October 29
  • Sunday, October 30
  • Monday, October 31

Hidden Falls Regional Park

1313 Hidden Falls Drive, St. Paul

  • $10 to $20 suggested donation at the gate.
  • Reception after the show with free hot food provided by Sisters' Camelot.
  • Live music provided by Brass Messengers, Jack Brass Band, Brass and Body Works, and Jazzland Wonderband.

BareBones swag will be available for purchase! We HIGHLY recommend biking, taking the bus, carpooling-- anything other than driving! (Bus routes # 23, 46, 70 + 74 are nearby on Ford Pkwy + Cleveland). If you must drive, please note that only carpooling cars will be let down the hill into the parking lot. Accessible parking is available in the parking lot.

  • Bonus! Get a free BareBones spoke card when you bike!
  • Limited straw bale seating available.
  • Accessible seating available.
2016 Poster Art by Amy Taylor · Design: Jared Maire

Getting to the Show

Our annual Halloween show has grown in popularity over the last several years. We see over 7500 patrons in the park over the run of the show! It is important to allow yourself plenty of time to get to the neighborhood, find parking (if you drive), and be prepared to do a little bit of walking regardless of your mode of transit. As always, Please be respectful of the park and the neighborhood.

Don’t Get Towed or Ticketed

Be aware of No Parking signs - all posted city parking signs are enforced. Do not park on Mississippi River Blvd, north of Magoffin Avenue, and be aware of private driveways along Mississippi River Blvd.

Biking to Hidden Falls Regional Park

Biking to the show is a great way to get out and enjoy the fall air! You will also receive a 2016 BareBones Halloween spoke card at the gate when you show proof you biked! (Show us your bike lock key, or helmet, or seat, whatever you have!)


Carpooling is strongly encouraged! Hidden Falls Drive will be Diamond Lane only. You will not be permitted to park down the hill in the park, unless you have two or more persons in your vehicle. Accessible parking is exempt.


Upon arrival, you're invited down a wooded path, which brings you to our outdoor theatre seating. This path is not paved and contains roots, rocks, and uneven ground. If you prefer a gentler passage, please ask a gate attendantto help you into the theatre.

Did you know?

It takes more people to put on our Halloween show than there are bones in a human skeleton.  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

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