The beloved New Orleans “Skeleton House,” the popular Uptown mansion known for its yard of satirical skeletons, will keep most of its funny bones in the closet this Halloween.
Homeowner Louellen Berger, dubbed the “Queen of Halloween,” announced via Instagram the property will feature a scaled-down version of the annual attraction to prevent crowds from gathering during the pandemic.
“Given social distance protocols, we decided to keep our ‘Skeletons in the closet’ this year, though we made an exception for our original Lazy Bones,” a post on the skeletonhousenola Instagram page said.
In previous years, the Halloween display, at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street, drew spectators to see skeletons on the property poking fun at trending news topics and pop-culture references.
This year, Berger instead released a skeleton parody video as a virtual version of the outdoor display.
The YouTube video, titled “Skeliton: the Musical,” launched as a Halloween-themed spoof of the song “You’ll Be Back” from the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”
In the video, Alexander Hamilton and King George III get the skeleton house treatment, transforming into “Skelilton” and “King GORGge.” The song’s lyrics get a rewrite for a new tune called “We’ll Be Back.”
With help from Steven Blackmon, music director at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Kameron Lopreore, who sings as King GOREge, the song laments the typical Halloween season and skeleton house display getting axed due to coronavirus, with a hopeful look towards next year.
Over the years, the Skeleton House has grown into a New Orleans Halloween tradition, with handfuls of new skeleton parodies popping up each year. Berger’s attraction typically appeared at the beginning of October and remained on display through Halloween.
Last year, Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ thumb injury got immortalized with a skeleton display. Other skeletons ripped from the headlines referenced the college admissions scandal and the Morning Call and Cafe du Monde beignet battle.
Berger hopefully plans to revive the display in 2021.
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