BONESEED: Mist Stories

The 25th Annual BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza

4 More Shows!

  • Friday, October 26 · with Audio Description
  • Saturday, October 27 · with Spanish interpretation
  • Sunday, October 28
  • Wednesday, October 31
Hidden Falls Regional Park, North Gate · 1305 So. Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul

Show time 7pm.
Gate opens at 6:30.

  • $10-20 suggested donation at the gate.
  • Limited straw bale seating available. Bringing blankets or chairs is encouraged.
  • Accessible seating available.
  • Reception after the show with free hot food provided by Sisters' Camelot, and live music.
  • 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!

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Poster Art by Quinn Rivenburgh, Design by Henry DeGrand

BareBones News

Straw Bales

We will be distributing straw bales, used as seating during our Halloween Extravaganza, from the Hidden Falls Park parking lot on November 3 between 11 – 5, for a small donation of $6 each (or get 11 for when you reserve 10). Straw bales not reserved will be available on a first come basis after 4 pm. Reserve your straw bales for pick up by sending your request to Please include your name and phone number.

Storage Space Needed

Do you have storage space in your home? After performances end, BareBones will need places to store puppets. If you can help, contact board chair Peter at

BareBones Halloween Show Fundraising Blast: $5000

BareBones is in the process of consciously educating and transforming its internal culture of creation and production to become a space that is welcoming of all community members who wish to join.

We want everyone who makes art with us to feel welcomed and safe. Each of the following six initiatives is part of an overall drive to actively educate ourselves about patterns of oppression at work in the culture around us and within our puppetry community, and address them with actionable solutions.

  1. POCI Art/Kitchen Interns $2000.
  2. Radical Empathy; Overcoming Intrinsic Bias. $500.
  3. Mediation / Emotional-Processing Support: $640
  4. Anti-Oppression Space Creation $300
  5. Self-care funds: $1060
  6. $100-500 *: as seed money for next year’s Barebones build

Please visit our GoFundMe page for detailed information.

Statement from 2018 Co-directors

This year we are exploring the theme of “Ancestors”, and experimenting with a different creation-structure. We will open with a ritual of welcoming and initiating, then put together 4 – 5 stories that Staff-Artist-teams and Community-members will be the designers and directors of, honoring or inspired by an ancestors-inspired theme. For example, Ancestors of a common diaspora, culture, or gender-identity; Ancestors recently passed away or from the more distant past; Ancestors with a common message; Ancestors who fought for or birthed or created something in our present world that we are grateful for or inspired by. Rehearsals will be a process of discovery, working independently and coming together for sharing/reflecting with each other. End of performance: A collaboratively-created ritual of closing and gratitude. -Malia Araki Burkhart and Tara Fahey, BareBones Halloween Co-directors, 2018

Halloween Co-Directors Named

BareBones is excited to introduce our co-directors for the 25th Annual Halloween Show:

Malia Araki Burkhart and Tara Fahey

This team of dedicated artists come from rich, multi-disciplinary backgrounds with community focus.

Tara Fahey is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on puppetry, textiles, screen printing, and lantern-making. Since 2005, she has choreographed, designed costumes, directed, and performed with Chicks on Sticks. Her recent work includes co-creating the Monarch Migration Shanty and a current installation by the Illuminated Reef Collective. Tara’s lineage is a multi rooted tree from Ireland, Norway, Czechoslovakia and France.

Malia Araki Burkhart is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, producer and director, songwriter/musician, visual artist Somatic Massage Therapist, community artist, arts educator and mother. She is based in Minneapolis and has created art locally and internationally. “Art is necessary for the growth and sustenance of the human spirit. I dedicate my life to saying YES to creative urges and healing creative wounds.”

Maps to Hidden Falls Regional Park
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Upcoming Events

Fri 26

Halloween Show #3

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Sat 27

Halloween Show #4

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Sun 28

Halloween Show #5

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Wed 31

Halloween Show #6

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul