In recent years, Halloween has vied with Christmas as the most popular annual holiday to celebrate, especially as Halloween fun has gradually replaced Halloween fright. The Indianapolis Zoo's Halloween ZooBoo has always been a favorite with Central Indiana families, particularly among the younger set, and the 2011 event will continue that family-friendly tradition.
This year, ZooBoo is presented by the Indianapolis Honda Dealers (another family-friendly company) and features a focus on great activities that will keep the Kids entertained for the whole afternoon instead of just a few hours at night. ZooBoo begins at 2 p.m. and runs through 7 p.m., so parents have options on when to bring their little ghosts and goblins to the Zoo.
The Zoo staff and volunteers really enjoy this event as well. The annual decorating contest among the Zoo staffers means that the entire grounds are festive, while the volunteers have a chance to dress up in their favorite Halloween attire. The animals get in on the act, too, with many creatures enjoying the cooler temperatures (the tigers, the bears, and the walrus are among more active animals after Labor Day!), and the elephants that join in by smashing pumpkins (and of course, eating them afterward).
ZooBoo focuses more on the activities than the candy (although safe trick-or-treating is included) such as our popular pumpkin bowling, holiday-themed dolphin show, ZooBoo train ride (with a themed story brought to life), bounce house, and Round-Go-Merry carousel ride in reverse. New this year, enjoy a costume parade, cute animal themed crafts, and learning to draw with Monart Drawing School.
Bring the little ones in their scariest (OK, their cutest) Halloween costumes for true family fun. ZooBoo takes place on three weekends – October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30 – and it's free for Zoo members and is included with regular Zoo admission. Plan your trip at indianapoliszoo.com!