Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Spooky Activities Abound at the Indianapolis Zoo
Halloween ZooBoo Promises Fun for All Ages

October 01, 2010

Every October, the Indianapolis Zoo features a wonderful family-friendly event that is second only to Christmas at the Zoo in terms of popularity. Halloween can be a fun time for kids of all ages, and as the public has increasingly embraced the spirit of the season, so has the Zoo.

[HALLOWEEN ZOOBOO: Presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages —Oct. 15-17, 21-24 and 28-30 from 2-7 p.m.]

Halloween ZooBoo, presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages, will feature festivities beyond the regular Zoo visit including special shows, activity centers, and even a few trick-or-treat stations. Best of all, it’s included with regular Zoo admission and is free for members.

This year, the Indianapolis Zoo is hosting ten not-too-terrifying days of ZooBoo, and here are some of the spooky activities that visitors can expect during their visit:

• Activities: Both of our pavilions host Halloween activities and games to enjoy. In the ZooBoo Activity Center, presented by Macy’s, there’s the traditional bounce house for the little guys, pumpkin bowling, and DJ monster music. Back in the North Pavilion, find a hay maze and spooky touch boxes where the visitor has to guess what’s inside. Could it be a bird’s feather or an elephant’s tooth?

• Rides: In addition to all the activities, the Zoo’s rides will also be open! The carousel runs backwards as the Round-Go-Merry, the 3-D Ride, presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages, will show a special version of Happy Feet, and everyone is invited to the Monster Bash via our Halloween Train Ride.

• Shows: Throughout the day, zookeepers conduct animal chats. Visitors won’t want to miss the Spooktacular Stage Show with revolving entertainment! Another must-see event is the Halloween-themed dolphin show.

• Elephant Pumpkin Smash: Even the Zoo’s African elephants get in the spirit by smashing pumpkins and painting a picture. How does an elephant smash a pumpkin? Pretty much any way they want to, presumably (seriously, they use their feet primarily and it makes for a really big squish).

• Treats: Of course, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a few trick-or-treat stations. The Zoo features a handful of candy stops around the Plains biome where all the little ghosts and goblins can receive their goodies.

• Warm Treats: Visitors who are looking for a bit more substantial food item can enjoy a caramel apple or hot cider available at the Zoo’s dining facilities.

• Zoo Grounds: Probably the best parts of ZooBoo are the decorations all around the Zoo. The staff loves this event and annually devotes hours and hours to decorating their assigned Zoo areas. With the beautiful autumn colors among the trees and plants, the fun atmosphere and the presence of all those cute kids in costume, this event is a winner!