What’s That Ghostly Glow in Griffith Park? It’s Boney Island

The Valley’s favorite spooky carnival returns in a new location

It’s back! Boney Island, the wacky Halloween carnival that thrilled kids of all ages for nearly two decades in Sherman Oaks, returned last night—at a new location in Griffith Park.

Former Simpsons producer Rick Polizzi started the attraction almost 20 years ago as an amusement for his young children and it evolved into a major tourist attraction, drawing tens of thousands of fun-loving Halloween fans to his front yard in Sherman Oaks.

Rick Polizzi and crew put the finishing touches on Boney Island

Photograph by Chris Nichols

Hauntington Gardens at Boney Island

Photo by Chris Nichols

After a year hiatus, Polizzi reassembled his creative team, which includes theme-loving designers from Disney and Universal, to create a bigger and better version next to Travel Town in Griffith Park. A Redwood grove has become the Hauntington Gardens, with skeletal ravens and blacklight mushrooms; sideshow tents with a vaudevillian flair line the main drag; and a three-story spook house comes alive with singing pumpkins and a glow-in-the-dark dancing waters show. There are even games and kettle corn.

Skeletal magicians at Boney Island

Photograph by Chris Nichols

Boney Island in Griffith Park

It’s the haunted carnival you’ve been dreaming of. Follow the ethereal glow behind the trees, the one beckoning from the inky depths of the park. See Boney Island before it disappears on October 31.

Boney Island, 5202 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park; Thu.-Sun., Oct. 11-14 & 18-21; Thu.-Wed., Oct. 25-31; 6-10 p.m.

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