Tuesday, October 2, 2012
As the temperatures drop and the leaves change from green to orangey-reds and yellows, an underlying hum begins to overtake the zoo. It’s the hum of energy that comes from staff eagerly preparing for Boo at the Zoo! This Halloween tradition has been a part of Duluth culture for over ten years, attracting people from all corners of the country and beyond the borders to our north. In 2011 over 7000 people came to participate in a day of collecting candy, viewing animal enrichments, eating good food and spending time together.
This year we anticipate seeing all the tiny robots, superheroes and princesses descending on our zoo grounds for a day of fun. We traditionally have up to 30 treat stations which gives kids plenty of
trick-or-treating in a safe environment, free from traffic and chaos.
• We have a Creepy Critters exhibit brought to us by Roger Hill who always surprises us with an array of reptiles, scorpions and spiders. This is always a big hit with the kids!
We pack in lots of additional activities as well:
• We have food vendors who provide a little indulgence to complete a perfect fall day
• Costume contests are every hour on the Tiger Deck of the main building
• Watch the Lake Superior Zoo animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments of their own!
• The Haunted Shack has a scary place to go for those that are in the mood for just a little scare
• Our zookeepers will be selling pumpkins to raise funds for Bat Conservation International. And they’ll deliver them right to your car!
• Hayrides will take you on a short tour of the zoo and run all day long
Boo at the zoo tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are required for any one aged two and older. Lake Superior Zoo members get the adults on the membership card in for free, but must purchase tickets for the kids. Tickets can be purchased up to the day of the event at the zoo, at Little Stores and online until October 8th.
Ticket lines are long the day of the event, so we recommend advanced tickets!
As we slowly turn our main building into a spider’s lair with a masquerade party downstairs, and turn our Primate Conservation Center into Gotham City, we look forward to the opening day and young faces of excitement, the smell of mini donuts and popcorn, and the joy that it brings to all of our visitors.
posted by Keely Johnson