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October 22, 2013 > Boo At the Zoo

Boo At the Zoo

Submitted By Isabella Ohlmeyer

Dress up as your favorite princess, goblin, or zoo animal and stroll through a thrilling ÒBoo at the ZooÓ event. Co-hosted by the Bay Area Science Festival, the ÒspooktacularÓ two-day Halloween and science-themed adventure will occur Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27 at the Oakland Zoo.

Since 1982, the East Bay Zoological Society has managed the Oakland Zoo to continuously support visitor interaction with over 600 animals, including fun and educational events such as Boo at the Zoo. ÒOur ÔBoo at the ZooÕ event is a great way for children and families to celebrate Halloween, while interacting with the zoo animals up-close,Ó said Nicky Mora, Senior Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the Oakland Zoo.

Embrace your sweet tooth by visiting trick-or treat stations and search for clues in a scavenger hunt to gather yummy treats from Ghirardelli Chocolate, American Licorice Company, Annabelle Candy Company and more.

Guests can dance to a beat with Kinderwise Music Company in the Wildlife Theater and experience close encounters with millipedes and other creepy crawly animals zoo residents. ÒWe at the Oakland Zoo refer to millipedes as a ÔzoombieÕ animal that breaks down soil and is, in fact, friendly,Ó Mora said. Join guinea hogs on their walk around the zoo and watch meerkats search for worms inside pumpkins. Make sure to stop by the treat table to create Halloween goodies for the animals.

Visitors will also experience a memorable moment with the Oakland Fire Department, get festive with face-painting, and learn about safe trick-or-treating with Safe Kids and Fed Ex.

And donÕt forget to show your Halloween spirit; kids ages two to fourteen who dress up in a costume will receive a free ride ticket.

Other highlights of ÒBoo at the ZooÓ include meeting the Valley Children ZooÕs mascot, Roosevelt, and participate in a costume parade held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

Sponsors of the event include Safeway, Sysco, Oakland Fire Department, Ghirardelli, and Green Halloween.

Admission prices are $11.75 for children/seniors and $15.75 for adults. ÒBoo at the ZooÓ activities are included with general admission. Parking is $8 per car. For more information about ÒBoo At the Zoo,Ó visit www.oaklandzoo.org or e-mail Nicky Mora at nmora@oaklandzoo.org.

Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, Oct 26 & Sunday, Oct 27
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Costume Parade: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland
(510) 632-9525 x100
www.oaklandzoo.org

Tickets: $11.75 for children/seniors, $15.75 for adults
Parking: $8 per car

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