Fantasy Fest 1998 – Fright Night on Bone Island

#fantasyFest 1998 – “Fright Night on Bone Island”.

October 23 – November 1, 1998

Legend has it that the first Spanish explorers to land on Key West found the shore littered with skeletal remains. Upon seeing this, they named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones).  From this legacy, the ghosts of Old Key West arise for …

Fright Night on Bone Island!

 

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Fantasy Fest Memories

The highlight of the festival is the spectacular Coors Light Fantasy Fest Parade, which makes its way down historic Duval Street amid 60,000 costumed revelers. Fantasy Fest lives up to it’s reputation for wild creativity through the many impressive theme parties and costume competitions throughout the week. These days are filled with the mischievous merrymaking, while the nights are reserved for the truly bizarre.

 

Fantasy Fest ’98 – Schedule of Events

 

FRIDAY, October 23


1 pm – midnight

GOOMBAY CELEBRATION in Bahama Village. Centered at Thomas and Petronia streets. Reruns Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1 pm to midnight.
Location: Thomas and Petronia streets.
Admission: FREE

9 am – 11 pm
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT Fantasy Fest Exhibit. Runs each day of the festival.
Location: 527 Duval Street.
Admission: $9.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 4 to 12 and free for children under 4.

7 pm
ROYAL CORONATION BALL – Crown our Fantasy Fest King & Queen and benefit AIDS Help, Inc., at Key West Hilton Resort & Marina, an AIDS Help fundraiser.
Location: 245 Front Street.
Admission: $5 .

 

SATURDAY, October 24


1 pm – midnight

GOOMBAY CELEBRATION – Friday’s fun continues-only scarier!!
Location: Thomas and Petronia streets.
Admission: FREE

12 pm
BAL MASQUE CARNIVALE – A fun benefit for the new Gay & Lesbian Center! Masks required.
Location: New Orleans House, 724 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

 

SUNDAY, October 25


11 am
KEY WEST SAILING CLUB FANTASY YACHT RACE
– Ghost ships and pirates take to the high seas.
Location: Key West Harbor
Admission: FREE

6 pm
SPIRITED CONCERT – This benefit for Florida Keys Outreach Coalition will feature two bands playing Caribbean-style music at historic San Carlos Institute.
Location: 516 Duval Street.
Admission: tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door.

8 pm
EAT LIKE A KING or QUEEN for a year RAFFLE – A Wesley House benefit at Diva’s, the winner receives 52 restaurant gift certificates, 2nd prize is 26 restaurant gift certificates
Location: 711 Duval Street.
Admission: Free to attend, $10 for tickets.

10:30 pm
BEETLEJUICE BALL – Tea Dance at Diva’s will help you dance the night away;
Location: 711 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

 

MONDAY, October 26


All Day
MASKED MONDAY on Duval Street – Duval becomes a masked zone, and those not wearing masks are fined by masked rangers.
Proceeds from fines go to charity.

5:30 pm
ZONTA FANTASY COSTUME AUCTION – Don’t have your costume yet? Never fear, Zonta’s auction will wardrobe you and donate to local charities all at the same time.
Location: Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill. 303 Whitehead St.
Admission: $10.

 

TUESDAY, October 27


All Day
BELLSOUTH FANTASY FACADE JUDGING – our team of expert exorcists judge the most frightfully decorated homes & businesses in Key West for big cash prizes!
Free to register a home or business.

5 pm
OFFICIAL FANTASY FEST POSTER SIGNING PARTY – Meet the man behind the monsterpiece! Key West’s own Rick Worth will be on hand to sign prints of his painting depicting “Fright Night On Bone Island”.
Location: Holiday Inn La Concha, Celebrities Lounge, 430 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE; posters for sale.

9 pm
MARDI GRAS MASSACRE – “We’ve got your beads to die for!” Fat Tuesday’s mad scientists concoct frozen drinks sure to make your head spin! Show up in your most gruesome costume and compete for big cash prizes!
Location: Fat Tuesdays, 305 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

9 pm
THE HEADDRESS BALL – Head to Bourbon Street Pub for this Key West Business Guild sponsored event entitled “HORRORS!” (Classic Horror Movies is the theme). Headwear required for entrants and attendees alike, unless of course, you’re headless!
Location: Bourbon Street Pub, 730 Duval Street.
Admission: Admission $25 in advance, $30 at door, VIP tickets $50. $5 outside bleacher seats available for viewing participants.

 

WEDNESDAY, October 28


4:30 pm
WKRY PET MASQUERADE & PARADE – From blood sucking sixtoed cats to mutant mosquitoes, Key West’s frightfully furry, feathered, and finned friends come out for this Fantasy Fest classic event.
Location: Marriott’s Casa Marina 1500 Reynolds St.
Admission: FREE to watch

8 pm
MONSTER MASH – It’s a graveyard smash at Hard Rock Cafe! Join in the rock ‘n roll fun sure to be a THRILLER!
Location: Hard Rock Cafe. 313 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

9 pm
CELEBRITIES LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST – Look like Frankenstein? How ‘bout Freddie Krueger? Celebrities Lounge at Holiday Inn La Concha is the place for you!
Location: Holiday Inn La Concha. 430 Duval St.
Admission: FREE to watch

10 pm
BEACH PARTY ON CANNIBAL ISLAND – Hog’s Breath Saloon’s carnivorous cannibals join in the fun, featuring the “Eat or Be Eaten” Home made Bikini Contest ($1000 1st prize).
Location: Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front Street.
Admission: $5 admission and $10 contest entry fee.

 

THURSDAY, October 29


9:30 pm
PRETENDERS IN PARADISE – Your “Screams & Dreams” will become nightmarishly vivid as the Pier House Resort hosts the ultimate costume extrvaganza!
Location: The Pier House – 1 Duval Street. (click to visit Web site).
Admission: Tickets $25. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at the Pier House Market & Bistro on Front Street.

6 pm
“BAD TO THE BONES” FANTA-SEA TEA DANCE & COSTUME COMPETITION – It’s big! It’s bad! It’s wicked! No one is safe! At Atlantic Shores Resort. Big prizes!
Location: Atlantic Shores – 510 South St.
Admission: $5 admission

10 pm
TOGA PARTY – Toga, Toga, Toga! At Sloppy Joe’s
Location: Sloppy Joe’s Bar- 201 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

10 pm
THE GREEN PARROT BAR COSTUME PARTY
Location: Green Parrot Bar – 601 Whitehead Street.
Admission: FREE

 

FRIDAY, October 30


9 am – 11 pm
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! – Exclusive Fantasy Fest exhibit runs all week.
Location: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! – 527 Duval Street.
Admission: $9.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 4 to 12 and free for children under 4.

2 pm – 10 pm
BELLSOUTH / FLORIDA LOTTERY STREET FAIR – Nightmare on Elm Street comes to Duval! Ghoulish goodies and terrifying treats line block after block of historic Duval Street featuring arts & crafts, food, and beer booths.
Location: Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

5 pm
MASQUERADE MARCH – Join this wacky procession of adult trick-or-treaters as they wander through Old Town starting fittingly at the Key West Cemetery (Frances Street entrance).
Admission: FREE

5 pm
801 BOURBON BAR TEA DANCE – “It’s more fun at the 801 tea in the street.” Dancers, drag queens, cool drinks & celebrities.
Location: 801 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

9 pm
MASQUERADE FANTASIES COSTUME COMPETITION – At Ocean Key House
Location: 0 Duval St.
Admission: FREE

 

SATURDAY, October 31


noon – 10:30 pm
DUVAL STREET PROMENADE – Gear up for the evening’s frightful frenzy with good food and great entertainment!
Location: Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

noon
BOURBON STREET TEA DANCE – A taste of New Orleans decadence in Old Town
Admission: FREE

noon
AIR BRUSH ARTIST COMPETITION – Head for the Hilton and show off your artistic side!
Admission: FREE

3 pm
EPIDERMAL ARTS & TORSO TAPESTRIES CONTEST – The Green Parrot Bar beckons all artistic displays to compete!
Location: Green Parrot Bar – 601 Whitehead Street
Admission: FREE

7 pm
COORS LIGHT FANTASY FEST PARADE – Now the demons really come out of hiding! 60,000 spooky spectators will line Duval and Whitehead Streets for this 20th annual celebration!
Admission: FREE

 

SUNDAY, November 1


noon – 5pm
CHILDREN’S DAY – Let your little ghosts & goblins get in on the fun! Food, games, and arts & crafts fill Bayview Park the whole day through!
Location: Corner of Truman Ave. and Leon St.
Admission: FREE

11:30 am – 3 pm
BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL – Recover from the fun at the Hyatt’s Sunday Brunch – Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas will help clear those cobwebs from your mind!
Location: 601 Front St.

12 pm
FANTASY FINALE – Bourbon Street Pub, New Orleans House and Key West Citizen’s Local’s Card invite you to join them for the last hurrah!
Location: 730 Duval Street.
Admission: FREE

12 pm
THE FAT LADY SINGS – Tea by the Sea at Atlantic Shores Resort.
Location: 510 South St.
Admission: FREE

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